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Memo Justifying Drone Killings Ordered Released by Court

The U.S. government memo providing legal justification for a drone strike that killed a U.S. citizen belonging to an al-Qaeda affiliate was ordered released by a federal appeals court.

A redacted version of the July 16, 2010, document, produced by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, was included in the ruling today by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan.