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CCR And ACLU Receive License From OFAC to Pursue Challenge To Targeted Killing

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Jen Nessel, CCR, (212) 614-6449; jnessel@ccrjustice.org
Rachel Myers, ACLU, (212) 549-2689; media@aclu.org
David Lerner, Riptide Communications, (212) 260-5000
ACLU press line, (212) 549-2666

August 4, 2010

NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union and Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) today received a license from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) allowing the groups to pursue their legal challenge to the government’s asserted authority to kill American citizens without due process away from conflict zones. The license was granted in response to a lawsuit filed by the groups demanding the license and challenging OFAC’s licensing scheme.

The following can be attributed to CCR and the ACLU:

“The license issued by OFAC today will allow us to pursue our litigation relating to the government’s asserted authority to engage in targeted killings of American civilians without due process. While we appreciate OFAC’s quick response to our lawsuit, we continue to believe that OFAC’s regulations are unconstitutional because they require lawyers who are providing uncompensated legal representation to seek the government’s permission before challenging the constitutionality of the government’s conduct. Notably, OFAC has indicated that the license issued to us today can be revoked at any time. We will pursue our claim that OFAC’s attorney-licensing regulations are unconstitutional and should be invalidated.”

More information about the case is available online at: www.aclu.org/ofac and www.ccrjustice.org/targetedkillings.

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.