Targeted Killing

Declassified "Procedures for Approving Direct Action" Against Terrorists

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

 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 . Several other documents were released as well. The ACLU lists them as follows:

DOD Implementation of Presidential Policy Guidance is at:

DOD Report on Associated Forces is at:

DOD Report on Process of Determining Targets of Lethal or Capture Operations is at:

Report on Congressional Notification of Sensitive Military Operations is at: