Killing outside the bounds of law?

The Obama administration claims its use of lethal force, including with drones, is "legal", "ethical", and "wise". But Amnesty International is gravely concerned that the administration is killing people outside the bounds of human rights and the law.

International law permits the use of lethal force in very restricted circumstances. But from the little information made available to the public, U.S. drone strike policy appears to allow extrajudicial executions in violation of the right to life, virtually anywhere in the world.

Public outcry over the killer drone program is growing, leading to President Obama and Congress addressing the issue. Despite all the talk that new laws, rules or a "kill court" are needed, the solution is simple: the Obama administration must follow the law. Congress and the courts must hold them to it.

Urge the U.S. government to follow international law that restricts the use of lethal force.

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