U.S. Attorney General Justifies Lethal Force Against U.S. Citizens Affiliated with Al Qaeda

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
28
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 
March 5, 2012, speaking on law and national security at Northwestern Law School, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder justified the use of lethal force under international law and the U.S. Constitution to protect the country from any imminent threat of violent attack.  He explained the U.S. government's use of lethal force in self-defense against a leader of al Qaeda or an associated force who presents an imminent threat of violent attack would be lawful and hence it would not violate the Executive Order banning assassination or criminal statutes.