U.S. Intelligence

After 9/11, Bush gave orders to kill U.S. citizens abroad if suspected of "terrorist" links

Top Intel Officer: U.S. May Kill Americans Abroad
By John Byrne, Raw Story
Posted on February 4, 2010, Printed on February 4, 2010

In a striking admission from the Obama Administration's top intelligence officer, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair announced Wednesday that the United States may target its own citizens abroad for death if it believes they are associated with terrorist groups.

"We take direct action against terrorists in the intelligence community," Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair told the House Intelligence Committee. He said US counter-terrorism officials may try to kill American citizens embroiled in extremist groups overseas with "specific permission" from higher up.

If "we think that direct action will involve killing an American, we get specific permission to do that," Blair said in response to questions from the panel's top Republican, Representative Pete Hoekstra.