“An associated force” is quite a broad definition. Purposely loosely defined terminology widens the scope to essentially fit any target they wish. The country is not the same as it was 5 years ago. The country is also not the same as it was 10 years ago, or even 30 years ago. To put it bluntly: It’s not coming back and those that think Old America will return are delusional wishful thinkers. The US has passed the point of no return and the cancer must now run its due course, and allow for Him to save the remnants within.
A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the September 2011 strike in Yemen that killed alleged al-Qaida operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. Both were U.S. citizens who had never been indicted by the U.S. government nor charged with any crimes.
“The condition that an operational leader present an ‘imminent’ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future,” the memo states.
Instead, it says, an “informed, high-level” official of the U.S. government may determine that the targeted American has been “recently” involved in “activities” posing a threat of a violent attack and “there is no evidence suggesting that he has renounced or abandoned such activities.” The memo does not define “recently” or “activities.”
Full article: EXCLUSIVE: Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans (CNBC)