A global security think tank in Washington, DC, has released a report on President Barack Obama’s drone policy. It raises several concerns about the erosion of “sovereignty norms, blowback and the potential for never-ending war and suggests the administration has fought what amounts to a “multi-year covert killing program.” But what is most remarkable is that this critique of drone policy is coming from a task force filled primarily with former military and national security officials.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 26, 2014 5:20 pm|
|By: David Swanson Tuesday June 24, 2014 5:34 pm|
Now that the U.S. government has released parts of its We-Can-Kill-People-With-Drones memo, it’s hard to miss why it was kept secret until now.
Liberal professors and human rights groups and the United Nations were claiming an inability to know whether drone murders were legal or not because they hadn’t seen the memo that the White House said legalized them. Some may continue to claim that the redactions in the memo make judgment impossible.
I expect most, however, will now be willing to drop the pretense that ANY memo could possibly legalize murder.
|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 Sunday April 13, 2014 8:15 am|
he families of three United States citizens, who were not indicted, charged or prosecuted for committing crimes but were killed in drone strikes by the US government, lost in court when a judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights.
“These deaths happened in 2011,” according to lead CCR staff attorney Pardiss Kebriaei, who argued the case. “There’s a strike on September 30, 2011, that killed Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan and then two weeks later, October 14, 2011, a second strike that killed Abdulrahman [al-Awlaki].”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday April 11, 2014 8:35 am|
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) formed an alliance with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and deployed agents in hundreds of raids conducted as part of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a report from The Washington Post.
|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: Kevin Gosztola Monday February 10, 2014 3:26 pm|
A United States citizen, who happens to be a member of al Qaeda, is reportedly planning attacks on Americans who are overseas. The Associated Press reports, based on the comments of four anonymous United States officials, that President Barack Obama’s administration is contemplating how it can legally add this citizen to a “kill list” so he could be killed by a drone.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday February 10, 2014 9:01 am|
A new report from journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald highlights National Security Agency documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, providing new details on how the NSA uses industrial-scale mass surveillance to launch drone strikes on targets. It shows the dependence on metadata and cell-phone tracking technology and the government’s refusal to question intelligence collected is a huge contributor to the assassinations of the “wrong people” by United States drones.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday August 29, 2013 8:00 pm|
Despite the weeks of hysterical caterwauling in the US media, we are, for the moment, not going to war in Syria in time for the Labor Day weekend. The fact that the general public was almost universally opposed was really no impediment; after all, bipartisan consensus has long held that public opinion can always be brought along to support a war, any war, once the bombs start falling.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 31, 2013 12:09 pm|
Journalist Jeremy Scahill’s film, Dirty Wars, is an effort to give Americans a peek at how the United States government is fighting the global war on terrorism in the shadows. It is also a plea to Americans to confront what their government is doing and challenge the justification for operations, which Congress is reluctant to scrutinize and which has at its core this idea that the “world is a battlefield,” an idea the press has been mostly unwilling to question.