Targeted Killing

Emptywheel Side-by-Side of Holder Speech and White Paper

By Benjamin Wittes
Monday, February 18, 2013, 7:07 AM

Over at the emptywheel blog, Ms. Wheel (aka Marcy Wheeler) has done a handy side-by-side of Attorney General Holder's Northwestern speech and the leaked White Paper. The document comes as part of this post, pointing out that the White Paper spent a lot of time talking about 18 U.S.C. 119, which prohibits the murder of an American overseas. Wheeler writes, "The discussion on section 1119 is, by far, the topic explored in greatest length in the white paper but left unmentioned in Holder’s public spin of the legal thinking behind Awlaki’s killing. Section 1119 is something that Administration was very worried about, but didn’t want the public to know how worried they were."