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Reuters: US Releases Declassified Drone Strike Policy Document

droneThe Obama administration has published a declassified form of the government’s drone strike policy overseas in response to federal court order in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2015, Reuters reported Saturday.

Lesley Wroughton writes the Presidential Policy Guidance sets the rules for the execution and capture of terrorist suspects abroad and is part of President Barack Obama’s vow in 2013 for transparent counterterrorism operations.

Jameel Jaffer, ACLU’s deputy legal director, told Reuters the redacted PPG document provides fresh insights into how terrorists are targeted with lethal force or captured.

“Its release now will inform an ongoing debate about the lawfulness and wisdom of the government’s counter-terrorism policies,” Jaffer added, according to the report.

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