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- American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials
- Liberals criticized the drone attack on an American citizen as extra-judicial murder.
- Conservatives criticized Obama for refusing to release a Justice Department reports that justified killing Awlaki. They accuse Obama of hypocrisy, noting his administration insisted on publishing Bush-era administration legal memos justifying the use of interrogation techniques many equate with torture, but refused to make public its rationale for killing a citizen without due process.