The Use of Lethal Force on U.S. Citizens

International & National Security Law Practice Group Teleforum
Start : Thursday, March 07, 2013 01:00 PM
End : Thursday, March 07, 2013 02:00 PM

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Featured Speakers:
Andrew C. McCarthy
Stephen I. Vladeck
John C. Yoo


The Use of Lethal Force on U.S. CitizensThe New York Times has reported that: “Obama administration lawyers have asserted that it would be lawful to kill a United States citizen if ‘an informed, high-level official’ of the government decided that the target was a ranking figure in al Qaeda posed ‘an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States’ and if his capture was not feasible, according to a 16-page document made public on Monday (February 5, 2013).”  What are the legal and constitutional limits of the executive’s authority to target U.S. citizens with lethal force?  Does the answer vary depending on the geographical location of the targeted person?  Is action by another branch of government required?  Join the debate as our experts discuss these and other issues.


  • Mr. Andrew C. McCarthy, Executive Director, Philadelphia Freedom Center
  • Prof. Stephen I. Vladeck, American University Washington College of Law
  • Prof. John Choon Yoo, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

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