Appeals Court Orders Release of ‘Targeted Killing’ Memo

Panel sides with ACLU and New York Times in demanding legal rationale for al-Awlaki killing

In this image taken from video and released by SITE Intelligence Group on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites. (Photo Anonymous/Site Intelligence Group/AP)

A federal appeals court on Monday morning is demanding that the Obama administration disclose their legal justification for the targeted drone killing program. Reversing a lower court ruling in The New York Times Company v. United States, a three-judge panel on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the release of portions of a

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