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    On the eve of a critical Senate vote and under court order, the Obama administration signaled it will publicly reveal a secret memo describing its legal justification for using drones to kill U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism overseas.

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    Court rules Obama administration must justify targeted killings

    The Obama administration must release internal legal documents justifying the targeted killings worldwide of Americans and foreigners suspected of terrorism, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

  • In this Thursday, May 1, 2008 photo, U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer attends a ceremony at the federal courthouse in Washington. On Friday, April 4, 2014, Collyer dismissed a lawsuit against Obama administration officials for the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, including an al-Qaida cleric. Collyer said the case raises serious constitutional issues and is not easy to answer, but that "on these facts and under this circuit's precedent," the court will grant the Obama administration's request. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Suit over deadly drone strikes is tossed by judge

    A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Obama administration officials for the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, including an al-Qaida cleric.

  • President Barack Obama smiles as he stands with Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, after speaking to the media, Friday, April 4, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Judge dismisses drone lawsuit against Obama administration over killed U.S. citizens

    A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against Obama administration officials for the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, including an al Qaeda cleric.

  • FILE - In this Friday, March 22, 2013, file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, is shown. The Obama administration, on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, launched a bid to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning. The effort is an attempt to reduce the role of loosely regulated big-money political outfits like GOP political guru Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS and the pro-Obama Priorities USA. The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department said they want to prohibit such groups from using "candidate-related political activity" like running ads, registering voters or distributing campaign literature as activities that qualify them to be tax-exempt "social welfare" organizations. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    IRS employs former cop convicted of FBI snooping

    The Internal Revenue Service, already facing accusations that its workers improperly snooped through tax files, has hired a former police officer convicted just a few years ago of illegally accessing FBI records and providing information to a subject of a counterterrorism investigation involving an infamous al Qaeda figure.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rethink birthright citizenship

    As Congress ties itself in knots over what kind of immigration policy best suits the United States in the 21st century and how best to control the border, one issue has been entirely overlooked: birthright citizenship ("Former Border Patrol agents call Senate's immigration plan 'a huge waste of resources,'" Web, July 11).

  • President Obama answers questions during his new conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on April 30, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Obama defends drone strikes, reignites Gitmo debate in crucial speech

    U.S. drone strikes have killed four Americans, including one who was "specifically targeted" and three others who were not targets, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a letter to Congress on Wednesday, publicly confirming the strikes for the first time.

  • Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    PAUL: Who's next on Obama's drone hit list?

    The recent leak of a Department of Justice white paper on the legal justification for the use of drones to execute American citizens abroad accused of terrorism raises some very important constitutional and moral issues.

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    NAPOLITANO: Obama's secret court for killing

    President Barack Obama willingly admits he dispatched CIA agents to kill an American and his teenage son and the son's American friend while they were in a desert in Yemen in 2011. He says he did so because the adult had encouraged folks to wage war on the United States and the children were just "collateral damage."

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    NAPOLITANO: Obama demands unquestioning acceptance of his ability to kill

    Earlier this week, the government sent a summary of its legal memos on presidential use of drones to kill persons overseas -- even Americans -- to an NBC newsroom.

  • Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 attack at Fort Hood, Texas. (Associated Press)

    Victims in Fort Hood shooting sue government

    On the third anniversary of the Fort Hood rampage, 148 victims and family members sued the government Monday for compensation for the attack allegedly carried out by an Army psychiatrist who is awaiting trial.

  • Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 attack at Fort Hood, Texas. (Associated Press)

    Pentagon will not label Fort Hood shootings as terrorist attack

    Already facing intense scrutiny for its shifting narrative about the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, the Pentagon now says it will not reclassify the Fort Hood shootings as a terrorist attack over concern about biasing the case against the gunman — an argument that is getting a mixed review from legal specialists.

  • Illustration: Constitutional kill by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    HESSLER: Presidential power to kill?

    For the first time, President Obama's Justice Department has attempted to explain the administration's policy on targeted killings of U.S. citizens. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s speech earlier this month came five months after an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, was killed in Yemen by a predator drone without any judicial review. The president's decision to target and kill an American citizen, far from any battlefield, presents one of the gravest constitutional issues we have faced in the war on terror. The Justice Department's defense of unchecked power to kill U.S. citizens raises significant constitutional concerns.

  • Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    NAPOLITANO: Can the president kill you?

    Can the president kill an American simply because that person is dangerous and his arrest would be impractical? Can the president be judge, jury and executioner of an American in a foreign country because he thinks that would keep America safe? Can Congress authorize the president to do that?

  • **FILE** Attorney General Eric Holder testifies Feb. 2, 2012, on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

    AP source: Holder will address targeted killings

    Five months after the CIA sought out and killed an American-born cleric and al Qaeda operative in Yemen, Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to explain how the U.S. can legally kill U.S. citizens on foreign soil.

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