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Memo details drone policy on US citizens

US allows strikes against citizens involved in plots

WASHINGTON — An unclassified Justice Department memo reveals that the Obama administration has had more lenient rules than publicly known for when drone attacks can be launched to kill US citizens working abroad with terrorists.

The government does not need evidence that a specific ­attack is imminent, the newly disclosed Justice Department white paper says, only that the targeted suspect is involved in ongoing plotting against the United States.

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