Can the U.S Assassinate an American?

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A few days ago I was discussing the accomplishment and shortcomings of the Obama administration with a dear friend. The subject of target assassinations by the U.S. intelligence came up and I found myself defending the practice. The next day I woke up bothered by my support of this directive — if such a directive exists. What was most upsetting to me was that I was willing to take a position opposed to everything I’ve believed up until now without really knowing all of the facts. In the heat of the argument I sided with the government.

I want to know more about this issue. I called my friend and told her I was retracting my statement and that I would have an informed position soon. I found the following discussion helpful:

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