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White House: Drone Strikes on American Citizens ‘Legal, Ethical and Wise’



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White House press secretary Jay Carney earlier today defended the administration’s use of targeted drone strikes, including on American citizens believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaeda, calling them “legal, ethical, and wise.” 

NBC News yesterday obtained and published a confidential Justice Department memo that outlines the legal reasoning behind the administration’s conclusion that such strikes are permissible under U.S. law. 



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