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Department of Justice Memo: Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a U.S. Citizen who is a Senior Operational Leader of Al Qa’ida or An Associated Force

NBC News published this Department of Justice confidential white paper on February 5, 2013, which outlines the legal framework that would allow the U.S. government to "use lethal force in a foreign country" against a U.S. citizen highly involved with al-Qaeda or its associates. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators requested all classified documents related to the legality of targeted killings of Americans be released.

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CRS: The FBI and Terrorism Investigations

Author: Jerome P. Bjelopera

Jerome P. Bjelopera of the Congessional Research Service sets forth possible considerations for Congress as it executes its oversight role for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has reformed itself since 2001 to be more proactive and intelligence-driven concerning domestic terrorism.

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Video

"Intelligence and Counter-Radicalization"

Speakers: Charles Allen, William J. Bratton, and Peter Clarke
Presider: Dina Temple-Raston

Panelists compare and contrast the linkages between law enforcement and intelligence in the United States and the United Kingdom and discuss how violent extremism has changed the business of intelligence.

This session was part of the symposium, UK and U.S. Approaches in Countering Radicalization: Intelligence, Communities, and the Internet, which was cosponsored with Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies and King's College London's International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. This event was made possible by Georgetown University's George T. Kalaris Intelligence Studies Fund and the generous support of longtime CFR member Rita E. Hauser. Additionally, this event was organized in cooperation with the CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative.

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