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S. Hrg. 113-876: Drone Wars: The Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, April 23, 2013   [open pdf - 5MB]

This is the April 23, 2013 hearing on "Drone Wars: The Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing" held before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights of the Committee on the Judiciary. From Dick Durbin's opening statement: "Today's subject, the targeted killing of combatants, in contrast to torture, has always been part of warfare in areas of active hostility. In recent years, however, it has been employed more frequently away from the traditional battlefield. The use of drones has in 3 stark terms made targeted killing more efficient and less costly in terms of American blood and treasure. There are, however, long-term consequences, especially when these air strikes kill innocent civilians. That is why many in the national security community are concerned that we may undermine our counterterrorism efforts if we do not carefully measure the benefits and costs of targeted killing. This administration has not claimed the authority to override laws like the criminal prohibition on torture. Instead, the administration has attempted to ground its use of drones in a statute, the 2001 Congressional Authorization to Use Military Force. Officials like Attorney General Eric Holder and CIA Director John Brennan have acknowledged the strikes and delivered speeches explaining the administration's legal and policy positions." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Farea Al-Muslimi, Peter Bergen, Rosa Brooks, James Cartwright, Martha McSally, and Ilya Somin.

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Serial No. J-113-16
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2018
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