February 5, 2013 6:45 PM

Leaked U.S. justification for drone killings assailed as rewriting definition of ‘imminent threat’

Civil and human rights advocates Tuesday denounced a leaked Obama administration “white paper” that sets out the legal justification for killing U.S. citizens suspected of being members of al Qaida, an issue certain to arise during the confirmation hearing Thursday of White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to be CIA director.

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