President Obama is tearing the shroud of secrecy off his once hush-hush death-by-drone program.

When asked by CNN what process he uses to make the life or death decisions to deploy the drones to kill a “militant,” President Obama listed five criteria:

• First, “It has to be a target that is authorized by our laws.”

• Second, “It has to be a threat that is serious and not speculative.”

• Third, “It has to be a situation in which we can’t capture the individual before they move forward on some sort of operational plot against the United States.”

• Fourth, “We’ve got to make sure that in whatever operations we conduct, we are very careful about avoiding civilian casualties.”

• And fifth, “That while there is a legal justification for us to try and stop [American citizens] from carrying out plots … they are subject to the protections of the Constitution and due process.”

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