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.

New York Times Sues DoJ over FOIA Request for Awlaki Memo

By: Friday December 23, 2011 12:02 pm

The New York Times sued the Justice Department over their reticence to turn over a memo from the Office of Legal Counsel detailing the argument for how the US government can legally assassinate an American citizen.

How Do You Know When You’ve Become a Terrorist State?

By: Friday September 30, 2011 12:30 pm

The US military is the greatest military force the world has ever known. But that means that when commanded by civilian leaders with little regard for the rule of law, it can also become the most dangerous terrorist state the world has ever known.

American Citizen Anwar al-Awlaki Assassinated in Yemen

By: Friday September 30, 2011 7:05 am

The fact is that the entire US program of extra-judicial assassinations by drone requires a bit more study and debate, but this is especially true when the targets are US citizens. In that case, the Constitution comes into play, and the right of due process of the law. But we never really had such a debate when Anwar al-Awlaki was targeted for death by the US government, and now that the assassination has been carried out, it’s too late:

Panetta: Kill 20 Leaders, End the War on Terror

By: Saturday July 9, 2011 7:53 am

Leon Panetta kicks off his new job as Secretary of Defense with a trip to Afghanistan. On the plane over there this morning, he told reporters that we just need to kill 10 or 20 leaders of al Qaeda and we will “strategically defeat” al Qaeda. (h/t Spencer)

Our “Public Debate” about Drones Is a State Secret

By: Sunday July 3, 2011 6:00 pm

When Anwar al-Awlaki’s family sued for due process, the government invoked state secrets, even as Crazy Pete Hoekstra and a stream of anonymous sources have leaked details of the drone targeting of him for over a year. One of the things Robert Gates specifically invoked state secrets over is whether or not we’re engaged in military operations in Yemen. Another is details of our counterterrorism work with Yemen.

Obama Apparently Was Hoping for a Trifecta

By: Saturday May 7, 2011 7:40 am

Lucky for Obama, batting .333 is still a great average.

New York Times: Many Yemenis See Terror as Business Model, Not Ideology

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 7:50 am

In a remarkable article in Thursday’s New York Times, we find a very interesting analysis of some of the forces at play in Yemen, where the United States has decided that its largest al Qaeda threat now resides. According to the Times article, Yemenis take reports of al Qaeda presence with a sizable dose of skepticism, ascribing much of the internal violence as a mixture of secessionist movements and the “business” of terrorism, where groups first foment violence and then take government money in return for making it stop.

Rumsfeld’s Defense Department Invited Anwar al-Awlaki into Pentagon After 9/11

By: Thursday October 21, 2010 2:00 pm

Anwar al-Awlaki, the US-born cleric thought to be involved in the Foot Hood shooting and the failed Christmas Day bombing, was brought into the Pentagon for a luncheon several months after the 9/11 attacks. Interestingly, this was part of a Defense Department program to convince Muslims that the Afghanistan war was focused on Al Qaeda and not Muslims.

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