PBS Newshour: Justice Department Justifies Killing Americans Abroad With Links to al-Qaida

An internal Justice Department memo has been revealed that outlines a legal justification for the U.S. government to target and kill American citizens abroad who present an imminent threat to national security. Attorney General Eric Holder and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney both came out to defend the rationale for killing Americans overseas, but civil liberties groups question whether the statements in the memo constitute government overreach.

Gwen Ifill spoke with Matthew Waxman, professor at Columbia Law School and a fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations, and Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, about the language in the memo and what it could mean for national security moving forward.