Targeted Killings: Carte Blanche To Kill?

Targeted Killings: Carte Blanche To Kill?

Kojo explores the legal, moral and ethical questions the Obama administration's policy on targeted killings raises with a legal scholar who formerly advised Israel on targeted killings.

A Justice Department "white paper" released this week offers a legal rationale for the Obama administration's targeted killings of alleged al-Qaida operatives who are also American citizens. But legal experts say the document's broad interpretation of who represents a legitimate target -- and an imminent threat to U.S. safety -– gives commanders carte blanche to kill. Kojo explores the legal and ethical issues with a legal scholar who formerly advised Israel on targeted killings.

Guests

Amos Guiora

Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah; retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Israel Defense Forces; author of "Legitimate Target: A Criteria-Based Approach to Targeted Killing"

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