[Letter from Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. to Senator Patrick J. Leahy Regarding the Obama Administration's Use of Lethal Force Against U.S. Citizens in Counterterrorism Operations] [open pdf - 688KB]
This letter from U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. to Senator Patrick J. Leahy discusses the Obama administration's use of lethal force against U.S. citizens in counterterrorism operations. From the letter: "To this end, the President has directed me to disclose certain information that until now has been properly classified. You and other Members of your Committee have on numerous occasions expressed a particular interest in the Administration's use of lethal force against U.S. citizens. In light of this fact, I am writing to disclose to you certain information about the number of U.S. citizens who have been killed by U.S. counterterrorism operations outside of areas of active hostilities. Since 2009 , the United States, in the conduct of U.S. counterterrorism operations against al-Qa'ida and its associated forces outside of areas of active hostilities, has specifically targeted and killed one U.S. citizen, Anwar al-Aulaqi. The United States is further aware of three other U.S. citizens who have been killed in such U.S. counterterrorism operations over that same time period: Samir Khan, 'Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Aulaqi, and Jude Kenan Mohammed. These individuals were not specifically targeted by the United States."
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