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YOUR THREE CENTS: Do you believe the U.S. government has the authority to kill American citizens in other countries?
The United States can use lethal force against a U.S. citizen overseas if that person is part of an enemy organization seeking to attack the U.S.
That was the message in a once-secret memo from the White House released today.
The memo said the 2011 killing of American.... and Al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki... was justified.
The Obama administration document became public in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Times.
The question at the center of the lawsuit: does the government have the authority to kill its own citizens?
The memo was dated July 16, 2010.
An assistant attorney general wrote that, "The U.S. citizen in question has gone overseas and become part of the forces of an enemy.... and is engaged in continual planning and direction of attacks upon U.S."
The drone strike that killed al-Awlaki came in September of 2011.
Two other Americans also died in the attack, including al-Awlaki's 16-year-old son.
An ACLU spokesman says the drone program has been responsible for the deaths of thousands of people, including countless innocent bystanders.
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