Is ISIS a Direct Threat to the U.S.? Doubtful.
|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 Friday May 23, 2014 7:35 am|
President Barack Obama stated in a speech in May of last year that he was lifting a “moratorium on detainee transfers” from Guantanamo Bay to Yemen so his administration could review each prisoner on a “case-by-case basis.”
“To the greatest extent possible, we will transfer detainees who have been cleared to go to other countries,” Obama said. However, just over a year later, not a single Yemeni prisoner has been freed. The number of Yemenis in detention at Guantanamo Bay, who are cleared for release, is still 57.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 1, 2014 8:55 am|
In testimony at a congressional briefing on November 20, 2013, Entesar Qadhi, a Yemeni youth leader who was elected to a position in the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) from the Mareb province, described what it had been like in her village to fight al Qaeda and drive members of the militant group out of her village. “Drone strikes actually make al Qaeda people more popular because of the fact that they are striking inside of our villages, which makes the presence of Qaeda justified in our place,” she stated.” They’ll kick out al Qaeda militants, but then those militants will return when drones begin to hover over the village again.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday April 27, 2014 12:34 pm|
One week ago, multiple air strikes, including possible drone strikes, in Yemen were reported. An escalation in counterterrorism operations took place with many alleged “militants” being reported killed but the names of them were not announced. It is unclear if any senior al Qaeda leaders were killed but the governments have claimed success.
Rooj Alwazir of the Support Yemen media collective joined Rania Khalek and me for this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast to provide a report on what has been happening.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 22, 2014 2:05 pm|
How much of the drone war being waged by the United States in Yemen is targeting actual al Qaeda fighters? And how much of it is targeting fighters, who are opposed to the current regime led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi?
|By: CTuttle Monday April 21, 2014 8:00 pm|
Here we go again…
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday April 9, 2014 3:16 pm|
During most of the month of March, the legal team for a United States citizen, who faces murder charges and is awaiting trial in Yemen, disappeared. They had no idea where he was being imprisoned.
However, a spokesperson for the Yemeni Embassy in Washington, DC, denies that he was ever “disappeared.”
|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 Wednesday April 2, 2014 4:16 pm|
Mohammad al-Qawli is an advisor to the Ministry of Education in Yemen. His brother, who was a primary school teacher, was killed in a drone strike by the United States in January 2013. The Yemeni government later confirmed that his brother did not have any ties to any militants. And now, over a year after his brother’s death, he has founded an organization to commemorate civilians killed by US drones and help assist communities impacted by drones.
The organization is called the National Organization for Drone Victims (NODV).