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A secret Obama administration memo disclosed Monday outlines the legal justification for the government’s drone-targeted killing program, a lethal strategy that authorizes the killing of innocents as collateral damage.
The memo (PDF), released by a US federal appeals court under a Freedom of Information Act request, describes the government’s legal underpinnings for its so-called overseas targeted-killing program where drones from afar shoot missiles at buildings, cars, and people. It began under the George W. Bush administration but was broadened under Obama and now includes the killing of Americans.
The Obama administration fought for years to keep the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel memo from becoming public

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One of the biggest issues facing the use of flying drones is their limited range. The problem comes down to weight. Batteries are relatively heavy, and if you want to carry a payload, […]

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The United States government has released the memo that authorizes and justifies the killing of an American citizen with a drone strike, after a long and hard-fought judicial battle to keep it secret
The memo, published on Monday, served as the basis for the 2011 drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen living in Yemen who was accused by the U.S. of being a leader of the al-Qaeda offshoot in the Arabian Peninsula. The memo was written in July 2010 by David Barron, then the acting chief of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC).
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New products and social media services have arisen to help people take better pictures of themselves with the aid of the flying robots.

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The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places, tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them commercially and, in recent months, they’ve become the secret weapon of many photographers. Whether we see them or not, drones have become a big part of our lives. Drone Beat collects the best and most important drone stories every week

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