Blair: US Govt Can Kill Citizens Overseas as Part of ‘Defined Policy’

(ANTIWAR.COM) — In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee today, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair told representatives that American citizens can be assassinated by the US government when they are overseas.

Blair said the comments were intended to “reassure” Americans that there was a “set of defined policy and legal procedures” in place and that such assassinations are always carried out by the book.

Blair insisted that under no circumstances would Americans be assassinated overseas for criticizing the government, adding “we don’t target people for free speech.” Rather they are subject to assassination when the government decides they are a threat and when they “get specific permission.”

Exactly who was giving that permission was unclear.

via Blair: US Govt Can Kill Citizens Overseas as Part of ‘Defined Policy’ — News from Antiwar.com.

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