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    The Drone Memos collects for the first time the legal and policy documents underlying the U.S. government's deeply controversial practice of targeted killing, the extrajudicial killing of suspected terrorists and militants, typically using remotely piloted aircraft or drones. Featured documents include the Presidential Policy Guidance that provides the framework for drone strikes today, Justice Department white papers addressing the assassination of an American citizen, and a highly classified legal memo that was published only after a landmark legal battle involving the ACLU, the New York Times, and the CIA.

    Edited and introduced by Jameel Jaffer, Director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, and former ACLU Deputy Legal Director, overseeing the ACLU's national security work for more than a decade.