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US Justice Department Official: Executive Branch Holds No Accountability to Courts Over Drone Strikes

by Paul Lawrance, Eyes Open Report:

Judge Rosemary M. Collyer of the United States District Court challenged the Obama administration’s claim that courts have no power over targeted drone killings of American citizens overseas last week during a hearing where the government requested to dismiss a lawsuit filed by relatives of three Americans killed in two drone strikes in Yemen.

On Friday Judge Collyer asked Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brain Hauck, “Are you saying that a US citizen targeted by the United States in a foreign country has no constitutional rights?” She continued, ”How broadly are you asserting the right of the United States to target an American citizen? Where is the limit to this?”

Collyer answered her own question by saying, “The limit is the courthouse door.”

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