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New York Times Sues Justice Department for Legal Memo Approving Targeted Killing

Posted Dec 22, 2011 10:20 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The New York Times claims in a lawsuit that the U.S. Justice Department has failed to provide records on the legality of targeted killing as required by the Freedom of Information Act.

The suit seeks a secret memo authorizing the targeted killing of American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, according to the Courthouse News Service. The memo was mentioned in a Washington Post story this fall.

David McCraw, assistant general counsel for the New York Times, tells CNN the aim is learn about the legal arguments used to justify targeted killings. “We're not interested in any sensitive operational details,” he said.

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