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Video: Can the President kill Americans abroad?

March 6, 2014 by NCC Staff


On Wednesday night, the National Constitution Center and the PBS broadcast Intelligence Squared held a special live video debate about the President’s power to kill Americans abroad, featuring Alan Dershowitz,  Noah Feldman, Michael W. Lewis, and Hina Shamsi. You can watch the video replay here.

isquared2Described by the New York Times as the “equivalent of a pro-wrestling smackdown,” the award-winning NPR show and PBS broadcast Intelligence Squared U.S. came to the National Constitution Center for an exciting and lively debate.

Based on the traditional Oxford-style debate format, the audience voted before and after the arguments.

The question? Does the President have the power to target and kill Americans abroad? ABC News correspondent John Donvan moderated the debate, which lasted for about 90 minutes.

You can watch the replay of the event in the player below. (click on this link if you can't see the video player):

President Has Constitutional Power to Target Americans from Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates on

This program is supported by the Daniel Berger, Esq. Programming Fund and presented in partnership with Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates (IQ2US), the celebrated forum for intelligent, civilized debate, dedicated to raising the level of public discourse in America.  IQ2US debates are broadcast nationwide on NPR and live streamed worldwide.

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