Obama Lawyers Defend "Kill Lists" | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Obama Lawyers Defend "Kill Lists"

NEW YORK, Nov 9, 2010 (IPS) - Lawyers for the Barack Obama administration told a federal judge Monday that the U.S. government has authority to kill U.S. citizens whom the executive branch has unilaterally determined pose a threat to national security.

That claim came in federal court in Washington, D.C. in response to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). The two human rights legal advocacy organisations contend that the administration's so-called "targeted killing authority" violates the constitution and international law.

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