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US considers killing a citizen

An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, US officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year.

The CIA drones watching him cannot strike, because he’s a US citizen and the Justice Department must build a case against him, a task it hasn’t completed.

The Guardian

Of course they have to make a case against him. It isn't and should not be legal for the government to kill a citizen without a conviction. If they wish to proceed with a legal case against him. He needs to have the opportunity to defend himself as guaranteed by the fifth amendment.