Pakistan Judge Orders Police Chief to Register Murder Case Against CIA Officials for Drone Strike

By: Tuesday April 7, 2015 2:50 pm

An Islamabad High Court judge in Pakistan has directed the police to register a murder and terrorism case against two former CIA officials for their alleged involvement in a drone strike that killed Pakistanis. Kareem Khan’s teenage son, Zahinullah, and his brother, Asif Iqbal, were killed on December 31, 2009, in a CIA drone strike [...]

FBI Has Either Lied to Public About Its Drone Program or Inaccurately Defended Need for Secrecy

By: Tuesday January 6, 2015 4:11 pm

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has been pursuing a lawsuit against the FBI for records on the agency’s drone program. A recent filing in the case suggests the FBI has either lied to the public about the scope of its drone program or it has inaccurately defended the need to keep documents [...]

In Pakistan, First US Drone Strike of the New Year Kills At Least Six People

By: Monday January 5, 2015 11:47 am

In the first United States drone strike of the new year, at least six people were reported to be killed on January 4. The strike came as Pakistan killed at least 31 alleged “militants” in an offensive the US has been helping the country’s military forces wage against militant groups the US has long maintained [...]

Ferguson No-Fly Zone & A Brief Overview of a Tool Used to Restrict Freedom of the Press

By: Monday November 3, 2014 3:40 pm

The Associated Press has reported that the United States government agreed to “restrict more than 37 square miles of airspace” over an area surrounding Ferguson, Missouri, for a period of 12 days in order to keep news helicopters from covering protests and the police response to them. The protests took place after Michael Brown, an [...]

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 [...]

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