Targeted Killing

Declassified "Procedures for Approving Direct Action" Against Terrorists

By Benjamin Wittes
Saturday, August 6, 2016, 9:55 AM

This document was released yesterday. I haven't read it yet, but it is entitled "Procedures for Approving Direct Action Against Terrorist Targets Located Outside the United States and Areas of Active Hostilities" and appears to be a redacted version of the internal policy document that President Obama issued in connection with his May 23, 2013 speech on drone strikes. I'll have comments, as others will I suspect, after I've had a chance to digest it. 

 

The release comes in connection with an ACLU FOIA suit. The ACLU's press release is available here. Several other documents were released as well. The ACLU lists them as follows:

DOD Implementation of Presidential Policy Guidance is at:
https://www.aclu.org/dod-implementation-presidential-policy-guidance

DOD Report on Associated Forces is at:
https://www.aclu.org/report-associated-forces-2014

DOD Report on Process of Determining Targets of Lethal or Capture Operations is at:
https://www.aclu.org/dod-report-process-determining-targets-lethal-or-capture-operations

Report on Congressional Notification of Sensitive Military Operations is at:
https://www.aclu.org/dod-report-congressional-notification-sensitive-military-operation