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 [...]

Guantanamo Prisoners Cleared for Release Continue to Be Punished for Being Yemeni

By: Friday May 23, 2014 10:18 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,” [...]

State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates

By: Thursday May 1, 2014 11:00 am

The United States State Department has released its annual report on global terrorism where it highlights “serious threat” posed to the US by the growth in affiliates of Al Qaeda while also acknowledging that the “international community has severely degraded Al Qaeda’s core leadership.” As it describes, “Leadership losses in Pakistan, coupled with weak governance [...]

Podcast: Who Are the Dead Special Operations Forces Picked Up After Drone & Air Strikes in Yemen?

By: Sunday April 27, 2014 12:08 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 [...]

Questions That Should Be Asked About Recent Operations, Including Drone Strikes, in Yemen

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 2:09 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? In three days, three possible drone strikes launched apparently in cooperation with Yemeni [...]

American Held Incommunicado in Yemen for 39 Days, Legal Team Still Doesn’t Know Why

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 6:01 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.” But the US Embassy [...]

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 [...]

Victims of US Drones Launch Organization in Yemen to Investigate Strikes, Call Attention to Civilian Impact

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 6:03 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 [...]

Did FBI Intercept Privileged Communications to Coverup Misconduct in Interrogations of American in Yemen?

By: Friday March 28, 2014 11:48 am

Increasingly, American lawyers are finding they cannot guarantee that communications with their clients, which are supposed to be privileged and remain confidential, will not be violated by government intrusion. The American Bar Association, which has around 400,000 members, has expressed concern that lawyers with “overseas clients” are being violated by National Security Agency surveillance. They [...]

Drone War in Yemen: Three Killed in Latest Strike, UN Report Demands Facts on Civilian Deaths

By: Monday March 3, 2014 11:50 am

While United States leaders lecture Russian President Vladimir Putin on respecting sovereignty and international law by not waging a war of aggression on Ukraine, the sovereignty of Yemen continues to be undermined by US drone strikes. Reportedly, at least one drone strike, the first in over a month, occurred in Yemen early in the morning [...]

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