The article is addressing the question of what constitutes a lethal response in Yemen given escalating drone attacks by the US in that country:
U.S. drone targets in Yemen raise questions. Greg Miller. Washington Post June 2
[Excerpt] ...In more than 20 U.S. airstrikes over a span of five months, three “high-value” terrorism targets have been killed, U.S. officials said. A growing number of attacks have been aimed at lower-level figures who are suspected of having links to terrorism operatives but are seen mainly as leaders of factions focused on gaining territory in Yemen’s internal struggle....
Targets still have to pose a “direct threat” to U.S. interests, said a former high-ranking U.S. counterterrorism official. “But the elasticity of that has grown over time.”
MAJIA here: This is insanity. What about due process? What about habeas corpus?
This is outright murder and the people of the US better pay attention because before long they will probably find themselves as targets of this reign of terror by the US government