Since 2011 when U.S. citizen al-Awlaki was killed in a drone strike, various civil rights groups (and family members) have sought to obtain (and challenge) the legal justification for the strike. The issue gained further notoriety in early 2013, when Attorney General Eric Holder refused to rule out a lethal drone strike on U.S. citizens […]
Many have suggested that Congress primarily hears about the drone strikes from the military and intelligence communities, who generally wish to defend their operations. This attempt to give voice to the other side of the story comes at a time of rising discontent over the US drone strikes, both abroad and at home.
Part of the problem with the secrecy is that most of the laws and court decisions regulating the use of drones are also classified. It’s hard for citizens to trust when it’s impossible to verify – or to even know what standards drone use is supposed to be tested against.
The use of drone strikes is public known, extensively documented, and – bizarrely – still classified and officially secret.
The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki and his son was a controversial action given both were U.S. citizens. While al-Awlaki was a major figure in al-Qaeda, his son was not. The Judge in this article is particularly disturbed by apparent attempt to bypass the judicial check on executive power. This continues the conflict over control and […]