This bill would require the President to personally sign off on lethal drone strikes that target U.S. citizens or allied citizens — instead of handing over that decision to other federal agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Department of Defense (DOD), or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Basically — if the President wants to drone strike a U.S. citizen/allied citizen, he or she has to personally approve it.
Approval for a lethal drone strike on a U.S. citizen or ally citizen would only be granted if the President has provided a written and signed determination (that explains the need for lethal force) that the target is an enemy combatant.
The President would also have to submit a report to congressional armed services, intelligence, and judiciary committees within 30 days:
Certifying that the timing and details of the operation were approved personally by the President.
Detailing the information used to determine that the targeted citizen is an enemy combatant, and the reasons why lethal force was necessary.
This legislation would be prohibited from being construed in a way that authorizes the legal targeting of such a citizen to occur at any location that is under U.S. jurisdiction.