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March 2013 , Page 11 

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NACDL News: DOJ ‘White Paper’ on Extrajudicial Execution of U.S. Citizens Tortures Core American Constitutional Principles

By Ivan J. Dominguez

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On Feb. 4, 2013, NBC News exclusively released a confidential Department of Justice document that purports to justify the extrajudicial execution of U.S. citizens by an Executive Branch acting as prosecutor, judge and jury and with no charges, hearing or opportunity to be heard for the accused. NACDL is deeply disturbed by the contortion of the legal principles of warfare and self-defense reflected in this “White Paper.”

“While the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of due process may not provide a citizen with absolute ‘constitutional immunity’ from an extrajudicial killing by the U.S. government, it does act as a shield — one that is not put down simply because a citizen is outside the physical boundaries of our country,” NACDL President Steven D. Benjamin said. “Regardless of what the laws of war may or may not provide, our government can and should be working to ensure the protection of U.S. citizens, and not to enshrine tortured justifications for their execution. The very ide

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