March 26, 2010 8:54 pm

ACLU questions legality of drone attacks

The American Civil Liberties Union asked the government to disclose the legal basis for its use of predator drones to conduct “targeted killings” overseas on Jan. 18 in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, according to an ACLU article.


You can download a copy of the FOIA request on the ACLU website.

On Friday the Obama administration discussed its legal rational for the strikes, according to NPR.

NPR also said ACLU attorney Jameel Jaffer will file a lawsuit to get the Justice Department document laying out the full legal rationale for these strikes.

In the ACLU article Jaffer said:

“The use of drones to conduct targeted killings raises complicated questions – not just legal questions but policy and moral questions as well,” said Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU National Security Project. “These are not questions that should be decided behind closed doors. They are questions that should be debated openly, and the public should have access to information that would allow it to participate meaningfully in the debate.”

Learn more about the ACLU’s work with Predator Drone program.

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