White House calls drone strikes against Americans on U.S. soil 'legal,' 'ethical' and 'wise' - even without evidence of a pending attack
The U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be ‘senior operational leaders’ of Al Qaeda or ‘an associated force,' the memo states:
The U.S. government can do so even if there is no clear evidence that the American targeted is engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S. NBC reported the news after obtaining and releasing the memo
The Justice Department told MailOnline that it would not comment on the news.
The White House is declining to explain its criteria for directing drone attacks against American citizens working abroad with terrorists following revelations that the administration requires no evidence of a pending attack to justify a strike.
'These strikes are legal, they are ethical and they are wise,' White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday.
He declined to discuss in detail a newly disclosed Justice Department memo saying only that the target must be involved in ongoing plotting against the United States for a strike to be justified.