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 [...]

Justice Department Sued for Refusing to Release Secret Legal Opinions

By: Wednesday August 28, 2013 11:01 am

A nonprofit organization has sued the United States Justice Department in order to force the release of legal opinions that have been used to justify a number of questionable policies, but which the Department has refused to release. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), an organization that describes itself as being committed to [...]

Dissenting Torture Memo Bush Administration Tried to Destroy Released

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 11:00 am

A State Department internal memo opposing the Justice Department’s arguments for CIA “enhanced interrogation techniques”—torture—has been released. The memo from February 2006 was written by Philip Zelikow, who at the time was a counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It was believed that all copies of the memo had been destroyed, but on April 3, [...]

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