Quote: The Drone Memos: Targeted Killing, Secrecy and the Law

The Drone Memos: Targeted Killing, Secrecy and the Law by Jameel Jaffer

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QUOTE: “By characterizing the struggle against terrorism as a borderless war, the United States performed a remarkable feat of legal alchemy, transforming what would otherwise have been the illegal and extrajudicial killing of civilians into the ostensibly legitimate exercise of military force. Unlawful assassination became supposedly lawful targeting. Many of the U.S. government’s targets were nowhere near Afghanistan or Iraq or any other actual battlefield, but the theory, in its boldest form, was that the battlefield is everywhere because terrorists can be found anywhere” (39).

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