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

By: Monday June 23, 2014 5:05 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 [PDF] had been the subject of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits by the American [...]

Court: Improper for Judiciary to Decide Whether Killing US Citizens with Drones Violates Due Process Rights

By: Friday April 4, 2014 8:21 pm

A federal judge was unable to find no 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 [...]

Drone Strike in Pakistan Was First to Be Launched by Obama Administration on Christmas Day

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 10:01 am

For the first time since the United States began to launch drone attacks, a strike was launched late on Christmas Day in Pakistan. Four people who could not be identified but who were allegedly from Afghanistan were killed. The Pakistani newspaper, The Express Tribune, reported, “Four suspected militants were killed when a US drone fired [...]

Obama Admits 4 US Citizens Killed by Drones, Deaths of Those Not Targeted Left Unexplained

By: Wednesday May 22, 2013 6:11 pm

(update 1 & 2) Ahead of a major speech on counterterrorism policies tomorrow, the administration of President Barack Obama has officially declassified information related to drone strikes against four American citizens and also acknowledged for the first time that they were killed by the United States. A letter sent to members of the Senate Judiciary [...]

Blaming US-Born Cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki for Inspiring Boston Bombing

By: Wednesday April 24, 2013 7:22 pm

There is no concrete evidence that the brothers, who are suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon, were inspired by US-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Yet, CNN has posted a report with the headline, “From the grave, the cleric inspiring a new generation of terrorists,” that promotes this new detail as if it is certainly true. [...]

Jeremy Scahill: Anwar al-Awlaki & How He Became an American the US Government Targeted & Killed

By: Tuesday April 23, 2013 11:00 am

Journalist and national security correspondent for The Nation, Jeremy Scahill, appeared on “Democracy Now!” this morning for the entire program to discuss his project, Dirty Wars, which explores the United States’ global assassination program. The project consists of a book and film. The book was released today. The film has been screening at film festivals and events [...]

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

By: Tuesday March 12, 2013 5:42 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 [...]

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

By: Sunday February 10, 2013 11:05 am

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 [...]

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

By: Friday February 8, 2013 5:19 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.” Scahill was [...]

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

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 6:37 pm

Former press secretary and now Obama re-election campaign adviser Robert Gibbs was asked after the second presidential debate about Obama and how he would defend the “secret kill list” during the foreign policy debate: ROBERT GIBBS, Obama advisor: This president has taken the fight to Al Qaeda. LUKE RUDKOWSKI, We Are Change: Does that justify [...]

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