Classified 1989 Justice Memo Opining Pres. Has Authority to Disregard Int’l Law Is Released to the Public

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Monday, February 1, 1993
Mark Zaid
After nearly four years of secrecy the Office of Legal Counsel (O.L.C.) of the Department of Justice has finally released its once classified and highly controversial memorandum that asserts the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not precluded from carrying out extraterritorial enforcement activities regardless of the constrains imposed by international law. Due to increasingly serious threats to the United States’ domestic security by international terrorist groups and narcotics traffickers, the FBI had requested a reevaluation of a 1980 O.L.C. opinion that concluded the FBI lacked authority to apprehend and abduct fugitives residing in a foreign state without consent of the asylum state… [more]