As a result of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Times, President Barack Obama’s administration has released the first memo authored by federal appeals court judge and former Office of Legal Counsel lawyer David Barron to justify the killing of US citizen and terrorism suspect Anwar al-Awlaki.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday August 16, 2014 7:51 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 23, 2014 4:10 pm|
A redacted legal memo produced to justify the “targeted killing” of Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by the CIA in a drone strike in Yemen in September 2011, was finally released after a federal appeals court ordered its disclosure.
The memo had been the subject of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and two New York Times reporters, Charlie Savage and Scott Shane. Requests had been filed in 2011 and 2012, and President Barack Obama’s administration had spent the last three years arguing in courts that the government did not have to disclose the legal analysis for whether the United States government has the authority to target and kill an American abroad.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday April 4, 2014 5:45 pm|
A federal judge was unable to find any remedy in United States law for a claim that United States citizen’s due process rights were violated when they were targeted and killed by a drone. The case was dismissed because the judge determined the citizen had been properly designated a terrorist, posed a threat to US interests, and the judiciary should not interfere in the areas of “warmaking, national security and foreign relations.”
|By: Toby Blome Sunday January 5, 2014 1:59 pm|
Lloyd Gardner’s new book is an in depth historical analysis of President Obama’s foreign policy during his first 5 years in public office. In 2008, many Americans had deep trust that President Obama was going to bring significant change into the White House and guide our country to a place of more “rightful” and lawful foreign policy strategies by putting an end to torture, drawing down the illegal Iraq War, and closing down Guantanamo prison. President Obama promised the American public more transparency and accountability, and adherence to the rule of law, without “looking back”.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 26, 2013 8:12 am|
For the first time since the United States began to launch drone attacks, a strike was launched late on Christmas Day in Pakistan. Four people who could not be identified but who were allegedly from Afghanistan were killed.
|By: DSWright Monday August 26, 2013 6:40 am|
As the United States moves warships closer to Syria a report from the UK newspaper, The Telegraph, claims that British and American forces are preparing for a first strike in response to reports that the Assad Regime used chemical weapons. The strikes would weaken if not destroy the Assad regime currently in a civil war with Al-Qaeda linked rebels.
|By: DSWright Friday June 7, 2013 8:37 am|
Killing based on patterns of behavior rather than investigation and identification, not surprisingly, leads to a lot of innocent people being killed.
|By: DSWright Tuesday May 28, 2013 9:25 am|
To drone or not to drone? President Barack Obama recently demonstrated his most valuable political talent – fooling liberals into supporting Bush policies under another name. Obama’s latest soliloquy on his personal struggles in justifying his actions as president hit just the right tone for every establishment apologist liberal. Yes Obama was carrying on Bush Administration policies and in some cases introducing even worse violations of civil rights, but he is really struggling with it. He is really giving it a lot of thought. And really, isn’t that what matters?
|By: DSWright Thursday May 23, 2013 2:59 pm|
American Citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki was killed by a drone strike in Yemen solely on the authority of President Barack Obama. Al-Awlaki never received a trial, was never indicted, nor given any opportunity to address the allegations against him. But today during President Obama’s extensive terrorism speech Mr. Al-Awlaki finally received his trial, a show trial.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday May 22, 2013 4:01 pm|
Ahead of a major speech on counterterrorism policies tomorrow, the administration of President Barack Obama has officially declassified information related to drone strikes against four American citizens and also acknowledged for the first time that they were killed by the United States.