DoJ Memo Justifies Killing Anwar al-Awlaki by Citing US Law Enforcement’s Right to Use Deadly Force

By: Friday August 15, 2014 8:33 pm

As a result of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Times, President Barack Obama’s administration has released the first memo authored by federal appeals court judge and former Office of Legal Counsel lawyer David Barron to justify the killing of US citizen and terrorism suspect [...]

Amnesty International Report Details Crimes by US/NATO Forces in Afghanistan

By: Monday August 11, 2014 12:22 pm

Thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed by United States and NATO military forces since 2001, but, according to Amnesty International, there have been only six cases in which the US military has “criminally prosecuted” officers for “unlawfully killing civilians.” The human rights organization put out a report [PDF] containing ten cases of apparent war [...]

Here’s How it is Legal for the Government to Kill an American Citizen

By: Monday July 7, 2014 8:27 am

When you are saying something true, pure, clean and right, you often do not need many words. Like most of the Bill of Rights, the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution is beautiful in its brevity. Americans may not “…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” There are no footnotes in [...]

Things Fall Apart: Iraq

By: Friday June 27, 2014 6:46 am

The mistakes of U.S. foreign policy are mostly based on the same flawed idea: that the world is a chessboard on which the U.S. makes moves, or manipulates proxies to make moves, that either defeat, counter or occasionally face setbacks from the single opponent across the table. The game held up for a fair amount [...]

Even Former National Security Officials Who Served Under Bush Think Obama’s Drone Policy Too Radical

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 6:13 pm

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 [...]

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 [...]

Why America Can Never Win in Iraq

By: Monday June 16, 2014 8:57 am

I think of it now, all the time. Sometimes I think I even recognize a place on TV I had been, having spent a year in the midst of America’s Occupation in Iraq, 2009-2010. I was a State Department civilian, embedded in turn with two Army brigades of some 3000 men and women each, far [...]

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

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 11:01 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 [...]

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

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 5:18 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 wherever, even if Congress has [...]

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

By: Friday May 16, 2014 11:08 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? What will Baquet do to encourage and promote investigative journalism? What responsibility may he show to sources? As [...]

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