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Obama's Drone War

February 7, 2013 in Foreign Policy

A memo describing the president’s legal justifications for drone attacks against U.S. citizens was recently obtained and published by NBC. Cato legal expert Trevor Burrus looked over the memo, and calls it “a disturbing assertion of discretionary executive power that should concern and frighten all Americans.” Benjamin Friedman argues that the real danger is not the standard the president uses to decide whom to kill, but rather the complete absence of any checks and balances.

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