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License to Kill? Intelligence Chief Says U.S. Can Take Out American Terrorists

• Jason Ryan
The director of national intelligence affirmed rather bluntly today that the U.S. intelligence community has authority to target American citizens for assassination if they present a direct terrorist threat to the United States.

"We take direct actions against terrorists in the intelligence community; if … we think that direct action will involve killing an American, we get specific permission to do that," Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair told the House Intelligence Committee.

Rep. Peter Hoekstra D-Mich., addressed the issue at today's hearing.

"The targeting of Americans -- it's a very sensitive issue, but again there's been more information in the public domain than what has been shared with this committee," he said.

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Comment by Lola Flores
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 Won't be long now before Amerikans start to disappear and their tortured, maimed and mangled corpses begin to show on ditches and by the road side all over the land

Comment by Anonymous
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I wonder if Mr. Blair understands that some on the fringe of sanity might well figure this works both ways.

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