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When The U.S. Government Can Kill You, Explained

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In this March 7, 2007, file photo, the Israeli army Heron TP drone, also known locally as the Eitan, flies during a display at the Palmahim Air Force Base. The Israeli military says that a Heron drone that can fly as far as Iran has crashed Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, in central Israel on a routine experimental flight. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
In this March 7, 2007, file photo, the Israeli army Heron TP drone, also known locally as the Eitan, flies during a display at the Palmahim Air Force Base. The Israeli military says that a Heron drone that can fly as far as Iran has crashed Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, in central Israel on a routine experimental flight. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

On Monday, the Obama administration explained when it's allowed to kill you.

Speaking to students and faculty at Northwestern University law school, Attorney General Eric Holder laid out in greater detail than ever before the legal theory behind the administration's belief that it can kill American citizens suspected of terrorism without charge or trial. In the 5,000-word speech, the nation's top law enforcement official directly confronted critics who allege that the targeted killing of American citizens violates the Constitution.

Read the whole story at Mother Jones