Accession Number : ADA547264


Title :   Just War Theory and its Applicability to Targeted Killing


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Holmes, Matthew B


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a547264.pdf


Report Date : 10 Jun 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 76


Abstract : The Central Intelligence Agency is involved in a targeted killing program which the United States Government employs in its war on global terrorism. This program identifies terrorists and those facilitating terrorist activities and initiates lethal strikes against these individuals. These lethal missions are covert operations which must first pass a rigorous legal review and require a Presidential finding in order to be initiated. Although these programs are legal according to the laws of the United States Government there has been debate as to whether these actions are just and ethical. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate whether Just War Theory legitimizes the use of the Central Intelligence Agency's targeted killing program in the Global War on Terrorism. First, this paper identifies the basic tenets of both Just War Theory and covert operations. Second, the paper employs the case study of the targeted killing attack on Abu Ali al-Harithi to determine whether or not targeted killing meets the Just War Theory of jus in bello. The thesis finishes by stating that the Just War Theory legitimizes the use of the targeted killing program and finds it in compliance with the requirements of jus in bello.


Descriptors :   *COVERT OPERATIONS , *INTERNATIONAL LAW , ETHICS , KILLING , TERRORISM , ENEMY PERSONNEL , THESES , TERRORISTS , DRONES


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE