ACLU, CCR Sue Administration Over Targeted Killings of US Citizens

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 11:03 am

While Kevin’s at the Bradley Manning trial, I’ll pick up on something on his beat. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center on Constitutional Rights have sued the Obama Administration over the deaths of three US citizens as part of the still-classified Predator drone program. Anwar al-Awlaki, Samir Khan and al-Awlkai’s son Abdulrahman were [...]

Democrats, ACLU Seek Disclosure on Patriot Act Interpretation, Drone Program

By: Friday March 16, 2012 10:15 am

Ron Wyden and Mark Udall have been waging a lonely battle to make public information about the Justice Department’s interpretation of the Patriot Act, which they claim violates civil liberties in as-yet undisclosed ways. They tried to force this into the public sphere on the Senate floor. Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein promised hearings [...]

Holder Tries to Explain Targeted Assassination Program

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 6:21 am

Attorney General Eric Holder helpfully explained when the government can kill you without a trial, in a speech last night at Northwestern University. He didn’t take questions, because he was so crystal clear about it. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. asserted on Monday that it is lawful for the government to kill American citizens [...]

Wyden Wants Information on Targeting of Anwar al-Awlaki

By: Friday February 10, 2012 12:04 pm

Sen. Ron Wyden has led a lonely battle against state secrecy. He wanted his findings from the Intelligence Committee on what he perceived as a misuse of the Patriot Act to be made public. And now, he wants a public record on the death of Anwar al-Awlaki. Five months after Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was [...]

More on the Murder of Iranian Nuclear Scientists

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 1:39 pm

Glenn Greenwald has a follow-up on his story about the murder of Iranian nuclear scientists, and he calls the incidents what they actually are: Terrorism. Part of the problem here is the pretense that Terrorism has some sort of fixed, definitive meaning. It does not. As Professor Remi Brulin has so exhaustively documented, the meaning [...]

Another Iranian Nuclear Scientist Assassinated

By: Wednesday January 11, 2012 9:35 am

One important part of the suspected covert war with Iran, in addition to the drone surveillance and cyberwarfare, concerns the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists. Several scientists have been murdered under questionable circumstances over the past several months. And now, another death has been reported: An Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility [...]

The Secret Extra-Judicial Killing Program Paid for By Our Tax Dollars

By: Wednesday December 28, 2011 10:33 am

On the foreign policy front, the biggest development of 2011 was not the European crisis, which could still lead to a breakup of the common currency. It was not even the Arab spring. It was the development of the new American way of war, the unaccountable, secret, shadow operation being undertaken throughout the world in [...]

New York Times Sues DoJ Over FOIA Request for Awlaki Memo

By: Friday December 23, 2011 10:15 am

The New York Times sued the Justice Department over their reticence to turn over a memo from the Office of Legal Counsel detailing the argument for how the US government can legally assassinate an American citizen. The Times has previously reported on the memo, which justified the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, but that report from [...]

Secret OLC Memo Authorized Killing of Anwar al-Awlaki

By: Monday October 10, 2011 9:35 am

Charlie Savage digs out the process for authorizing the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in Yemen late last month. He wasn’t able to obtain the secret memo from the Office of Legal Counsel authorizing the placing of Awlaki on a kill list, but he had some of the memo described to him: The secret document [...]

Polling on Government Overreach Depends on Party in Power

By: Friday September 30, 2011 1:01 pm

This was a good day for this poll to come out. A new Gallup survey finds that Americans believe government has overreached. The irony of that coming out today, when the US completed the executive assassination without trial of Anwar al-Awlaki, even though the survey results have nothing to do with that kind of executive [...]

Largely Isolated Commentary Raging About Executive Assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki

By: Friday September 30, 2011 11:39 am

If you knew where to look, you could find a healthy debate about today’s announcement of the government-sponsored killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen. Over at Wired there’s a debate about the Constitutionality of the drone strike, between law professors Charlie Dunlap and Mary Ellen O’Connell, who says that “The United States is not [...]

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