ACLU Sues DOJ to See ‘Targeted Killing’ Legal Justification Memos
Posted Feb 3, 2012 12:48 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough
The American Civil Liberties Union has sued to compel the Justice Department release of memos disclosing the legal justification for strikes that have killed U.S. citizens abroad.
A lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court Wednesday follows the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-Yemeni citizen and suspected al-Qaida militant who was killed in a drone strike last September, Reuters reports.
Reuters reports that American militants like al-Awlaki and American Samir Khan, who was also killed in the drone attack, are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior U.S. government officials. There are no public records of the panel's operations.
The ACLU filed suit after requests under the Freedom of Information Act were denied. A similar suit was filed in December by the New York Times.