When can the president order the execution without trial of an American citizen? The New York Times recently reported that in June 2010, the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel produced a secret fifty-page legal memo that sought to answer that question, and authorized President Obama to order the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen living in Yemen and a leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
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Targeted Killings December 22, 2011