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Targeting Americans : the constitutionality of the U.S. drone war

Author: Jefferson Powell
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"[This book] focuses on the legal debate surrounding drone strikes, the use of which has expanded significantly under the Obama Presidency as part of the continuing war against terror. Despite the political salience of the legal questions raised by targeted killing, the author asserts that there has been remarkably little careful analysis of the fundamental legal question: the constitutionality of the policy. From a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jefferson Powell
ISBN: 9780190492847 0190492848
OCLC Number: 922836332
Description: xxxiv, 229 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The constitutional history of the war on terror --
How to think constitutionally --
The war powers of the U.S. government --
The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki : a constitutional analysis --
Targeted killing and the future : three speculations.
Responsibility: H. Jefferson Powell ; foreword by Philip Bobbitt.

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"[This book] focuses on the legal debate surrounding drone strikes, the use of which has expanded significantly under the Obama Presidency as part of the continuing war against terror. Despite the political salience of the legal questions raised by targeted killing, the author asserts that there has been remarkably little careful analysis of the fundamental legal question: the constitutionality of the policy. From a position of deep practical expertise in constitutional issues, Prof. Powell provides a dispassionate and balanced analysis of the issues posed by U.S. targeted killing policy, using the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki in September 2011 as a focus for discussion. While Powell concludes that the al-Awlaki strike was constitutional under 2001 legislation, he rejects the Obama administration's broader claims of authority for its drone policies. Furthermore, he argues, citizens acting as combatants in al-Qaeda and associated groups are not entitled to due process protections: by due process standards, the administration's procedures are legally inadequate. A fundamental theme of the book is that the conclusion that an action or policy is constitutional should not be confused with claims about its wisdom, morality, or legality under international norms. Part of the purpose of constitutional analysis is to draw attention to these other normative concerns and not, as is too often the case, to occlude them."--Jacket.

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"Professor Powell s...rewarding book is a powerful contribution to the constitutional debate about drones." -Congress and the Presidency"H. Jefferson Powell, in this rewarding and thoughtful book. . Read more...

 
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