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A secret Justice Department memo claiming it is legal for the US government to kill its own citizens abroad.
That is if an informed high level US official believes they are senior al-Qaeda leader interrogation operations.
Aimed at killing Americans.
And anomalies have a three part test that would make the targeted killings Americans lawful the suspect must be an imminent threat -- the -- must be in feasible.
And the strike must be conducted according to a law core principles.
Cashman trade -- joins us now I see you sir good to see you -- okay so what do you think Cashman.
President -- opposed to torture.
Under -- says it doesn't under constitutional reasons yet he thinks this -- okay.
This kind of bitterly ironic you can't torture in which you can just kill and you know there was also a lot of criticism when we tickle fights and some of the re authorizations are fringe on the -- on the -- did not like us being able to listen to.
Phone conversations from non Americans -- foreign soul but yet you can.
Kill Americans under the fifth and fourteenth -- -- that.
If -- -- -- DOJ official says it's okay.
I don't have an issue with whether from a legal standpoint with whether or not.
Governor -- can.
Impose the old but punished when -- people we do in capital cases police officers shoot fleeing felon makes a difference.
Well yeah there's a lot of differences you have to attorneys appointed two trials and a jury of twelve people.
That that's the procedural due process -- -- skip over the -- -- to due process the only procedure -- employees here.
There's a high level senior DOJ official.
Which may be the same won't -- fast and furious we don't know who they -- that's -- the process.
Confidence on inspire.
Finally we have no idea who's making this decision is is pulling the trigger on killing Americans abroad we have no idea.
Why -- the same analysis not be employed for killing Americans did you suspect -- part of al-Qaeda on American -- if you're gonna use the fifth and fourteenth amendment to justify it.
Why can you not do it on American so what's the difference.
Ask for any documents in this this was -- elite document that one news organization -- have you asked trained actress as we had to find out you know more behind this.
Yes I am I judge Ted Poe and I got to judge -- from Texas we wrote DOJ several weeks ago saying what.
Legal analysis do you rely upon to be it would reach this conclusion.
And we have heard crickets since so.
Ordinarily I'm not a huge fan of -- documents but -- we know in terms of this legal analysis is what was leaked.
Judge -- and I have yet to hear from DOJ.
What they're constitutional analysis supporting mrs.
We -- -- -- background to this discussion near former you know assisting us it's attorney.
Work for Justice Department's centers of former AUSA.
Ed is there any way in your mind you can justify this.
Cuomo also former state DA to assault the death penalty something different times and and when the government seeks to kill one of its citizens it is a huge deal.
It takes years if not decades to carry out the -- and we're talking about heinous crimes.
Here you have a -- -- on accountable DOJ official.
Who makes the determination that recent activities lead him to conclude he's an imminent threat and you can send a drone to column not a torture on -- to kill.
So I am troubled any time.
Big government is is non transparent as this and this had to be leaked what we do know what their thought process was.
We went government targets its own citizens I cannot imagine anything more serious.
Than that according to DuPont.
Well I'm gonna get judge -- fired up again I don't know if you know just flow from Texas.
That he he was agitated several weeks ago before we knew what.
Analysis they were using -- chairman good -- -- we can get the attorney general -- Coleman and explain to me.
Using the fifth and fourteenth amendment's.
Why this couldn't capital American -- He wouldn't know what it wasn't imminent harm and say -- isn't it.
In no -- want terrorists to -- according you know we want -- -- one of the people who was killed by the by drew was a sixteen year old boy.
Who was the son of someone that we suspected of they have pretty good recently was -- was -- -- -- goes well but a sixteen year old boy.
Innocent -- totally innocent bystander.
Some times in war and this is an unconventional war I want to try to be fair with my analysis it's not a traditional battlefield.
Having said that.
But it's killing Americans -- -- we did not elect senior DOJ officials to make these decisions.
Congress gave him a declaration of war gave it to -- to bush actually.
He's if he's going -- use that declaration.
To target American citizens.
On foreign land.
And have been killed -- gonna judge the jury or any symbolism that the -- the due process.
At a minimum congress on both sides of the aisle Greta the same folks who -- like bush torturing people.
They ought to be outraged that their president is killing people.
So what if anything can be bipartisan it'll be -- desire the house or senate judiciary committee's to have DOJ can't explain.
What does the -- recent me what echo what -- definition of activities.
Lewis' high level DOJ official.
And and how do you get -- information -- no evidence of any value would still a lot of bad information.
You're so we have to go to court to get information -- do you object.
President Cesar -- I see you thank you.