Release of Legal Memo Justifying Anwar Al-Awlaki’s Killing Paves Way for Disclosure of More Records

By: 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.

 

Why America Can Never Win in Iraq

By: Monday June 16, 2014 7:48 am

America’s wars in the Middle East exist in a hallucinatory space that imagines Blue Forces fighting Red Forces, Saving Private Ryan but with more sand. Instead, in Iraq right now, there are multiple layers of war going on. For those who like to look ahead a bit, you may feel free to substitute “Syria” for “Iraq” in the rest of this article. Most of this also applies to Libya, Afghanistan and pretty much the rest of the post-9/11 conflicts.

Anonymous Pakistani Government Officials Suggest Drone Strikes to Intensify in Coming Days

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 9:33 am

There had not been a drone strike in Pakistan since December of last year. The pause was reportedly to make it easier for the Pakistani government to conduct peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban. But in a period of twenty-four hours two drone strikes were launched by the CIA, and the strikes are likely to intensify in the coming days.

Iraq Prime Minister Requesting US Air Strikes Against Militants

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 6:59 am

With the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) taking over Iraq cities in Mosul and Tikrit Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has reportedly been asking for US assistance. ISIS has taken over more and more of Iraq as US trained Iraqi security forces fold before them despite outnumbering them.

Why Risk Prison to Protest Drone Murders?

By: Sunday May 25, 2014 5:16 pm

A woman dedicated to nonviolence was convicted of going near a military base, where a Colonel, not feeling safe enough with, you know, the military base, had a legal order of protection against her. Of course this is a legalistic gimmick aimed at denying people their rights to speech and assembly, as at least one court has already ruled. But it isn’t working. These people are continuing to speak and assemble. And they’re refusing to take plea bargains that would keep them out of prison.

Sting of the Drone (novel), Book Salon Preview – spocko hosts

By: Sunday May 25, 2014 9:50 am

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In Washington, the Kill Committee gathers in the White House’s Situation Room to pick the next targets for the United States drone program. At an airbase just outside Las Vegas, a team of pilots, military personnel and intelligence officers follow through on the committee’s orders, finding the men who have been deemed a threat to national security and sentenced to death.

On the other side of the world, in the mountains where the drones hunt their prey, someone has decided to fight back. And not just against the unmanned planes that circle their skies, but against the Americans at home who control them.

Suck it, John Yoo!!!

By: Friday May 23, 2014 1:30 am

The Bush Administration’s prime author of “I’m okay, but torture is awesome!” ensured himself of a lifetime of four-figured speaking fees on the right-wing chicken dinner circuit.

Obama Administration Doesn’t Think It Needs Authorization From Congress to Wage War Anywhere in World

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 4:23 pm

Does the president have to have a statute authorizing the use of military force in order to legally wage war against terrorist groups that may or may not pose an imminent threat to the United States? Or can the president simply target, capture and kill whomever in whatever terrorist group, even if Congress has not authorized action?

New York Times’ New Executive Editor Has History of Steering Clear of Controversial Reporting

By: Friday May 16, 2014 10:00 am

New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson has been fired and replaced by Dean Baquet, who was managing editor at the Times. But how will he defend the right to publish when confronted by opposition from government officials?

Pratap Chatterjee: The True Costs of Remote Control War

By: Monday May 12, 2014 4:00 pm

It’s rare to hear a government official speak in contrite tones; rarer still if that official represents the National Security Agency. Recently, however, Anne Neuberger, a special assistant to former NSA Director Keith Alexander, did just that.

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