More on the New York Times’ Anwar Al-Awlaki Drone Killing Story

By: 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.

What If an Assassination Court Reviewed Placement of US Citizens on the President’s Kill List?

By: 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.

Brennan’s CIA Confirmation Hearing as ‘Kabuki Oversight’ & Anwar al-Awlaki’s Posthumous Trial

By: 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.”

Obama Adviser Robert Gibbs Blames Denver Teen’s ‘Terrorist’ Father for His Drone Death

By: 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.

Denver Teen’s Death by Drone Remains Shrouded in Secrecy

By: 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.

ACLU, CCR Sue Administration Over Targeted Killings of US Citizens

By: 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.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Medea Benjamin, Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control

By: 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.

Debating Whether It Is Legal to Kill US Citizens Abroad

By: 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.

Holder Tries to Explain Targeted Assassination Program

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 7:00 am

Attorney General Eric Holder helpfully explained when the government can kill you without a trial, in a speech last night at Northwestern University. He didn’t take questions, because he was so crystal clear about it.

ACLU Seeks White House Docs Justifying Awlaki Drone Strikes

By: Thursday February 2, 2012 7:35 am

The ACLU filed suit in federal court yesterday seeking to force the White House to turn over records related to the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the US citizen assassinated in a drone attack in Yemen last year.

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