There is no concrete evidence that the brothers, who are suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon, were inspired by US-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Yet, CNN has posted a report with the headline, “From the grave, the cleric inspiring a new generation of terrorists,” that promotes this new detail as if it is certainly true.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday April 25, 2013 7:45 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 23, 2013 11:15 am|
Journalist and national security correspondent for The Nation, Jeremy Scahill, appeared on “Democracy Now!” this morning for the entire program to discuss his project, Dirty Wars, which explores the United States’ global assassination program.
The project consists of a book and film. The book was released today. The film has been screening at film festivals and events around the country and the trailer for the film premiered on “Democracy Now!”.
Scahill spends the hour outlining in detail the life of US-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was targeted and assassinated by a US drone strike in September 2011. He also discusses Anwar’s father, Nasser al-Awlaki, who mounted an effort to have evidence for why Anwar was placed on a “kill list” disclosed. Later in the program, he recounts the killng of Anwar’s 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, who was born in Denver, Colorado, and the justifications and excuses the US government have uttered in relation to their deaths.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 12, 2013 3:05 pm|
Sourced to current and former legal and counterterrorism officials in the United States government, the New York Times published a story on Sunday on the killing of US-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was targeted by a CIA drone without charge or trial on September 30, 2011.
Much of the material in the story from anonymous individuals could be considered sensitive or classified government information. These selective disclosures, which the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) condemned in a statement, functioned as propaganda.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday February 10, 2013 12:30 pm|
For months, there have been human rights or civil liberties groups sharply condemning President Barack Obama’s targeted killing program especially because he holds all the power to decide who lives and who dies, however, up until a Justice Department “white paper” on the program was leaked by NBC News, there was little discussion by US news media about the nature of the program.
The leak has now led members of Congress to at least make it appear that they are publicly interested in engaging in oversight of the program.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday February 8, 2013 2:25 pm|
Nobody doubts that Obama’s counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, who has been serving as an assassination czar developing a targeted killing program, will be confirmed to the position of CIA chief. In that sense, Jeremy Scahill was completely right to describe what the press and public saw yesterday during the confirmation hearing as “kabuki oversight.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 23, 2012 5:00 pm|
It is sixteen year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki’s fault that he had a father who was a Muslim extremist. He should not have been born to this man if he wanted to live to see his seventeenth birthday.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 15, 2012 11:49 am|
American teen Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki was killed by a drone while dining at a restaurant near Azzan in the southern Yemeni province of Shabwa on October 14, 2011.
|By: David Dayen Thursday July 19, 2012 7:10 pm|
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center on Constitutional Rights have sued the Obama Administration over the deaths of three US citizens as part of the still-classified Predator drone program. Anwar al-Awlaki, Samir Khan and al-Awlkai’s son Abdulrahman were all assassinated in Yemen (Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan in the same attack), a fact that the Administration has acknowledged and even touted on various occasions. Because of their status as US citizens, the ACLU argues, they should have been afforded the Constitutional guarantee of due process, rather than an extrajudicial bombing strike.
|By: John Feffer Saturday June 2, 2012 1:59 pm|
Drone warfare, as global activist Medea Benjamin persuasively explains in her new book on the subject, is a quantum leap in military affairs. It has reshaped the day-to-day waging of war in ways more profound even than the last great technological leap in warfighting, nuclear weapons. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles has transformed not only the techniques of war but also the ethical, political, and psychological context of war. And it has done so largely by stealth. Drones have snuck up on us, and we’ve barely had a chance to discuss their implications.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday March 10, 2012 7:52 am|
A policy speech given by Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday asserted the Executive Branch’s supposed legal authority to kill US citizens abroad without charge or trial if they are deemed to pose an “imminent threat” and be “senior operators” of al-Qaeda or a group loosely affiliated to al-Qaeda. The speech has sparked a backlash, especially since it argued that US citizens have a right under the Constitution to due process but not judicial process. Since there is a review board that makes a decision on whether to order the killing of individuals believed to be a threat, the argument is that this is a process and so, if a citizen is killed, it is okay because that citizen would have been given his or her due.