Leaked U.S. justification for drone killings assailed as rewriting definition of ‘imminent threat’


WASHINGTON — Civil and human rights advocates Tuesday denounced a leaked Obama administration “white paper” that sets out the legal justification for killing U.S. citizens suspected of being members of al Qaida, an issue certain to arise during the confirmation hearing Thursday of White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to be CIA director. The White House on Tuesday defended the practice of targeted killing, for which Brennan is a key overseer, as “legal . . . ethnical and . . . wise.” But spokesman Jay Carney rejected anew…

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David Cameron wins gay marriage vote as Tories split

David Cameron got his way but saw his party torn in half as gay marriage legislation cleared its first hurdle in the Commons. The Prime Minister hailed a “step forward for our country” after the House backed the proposals by a big margin of 400 to 175. However, Labour and […]