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Anwar Al Awlaki

America as Constitutional Republic: When Can the President Kill?

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Doug Bandow

What should be done if there are no obvious battlefields and no certain combatants? Should propagandists be treated as fighters? Are any procedural protections required before a U.S. citizen can be killed?

Andrea Stone

Russ Feingold, Foe of Patriot Act, Says Al-Awlaki Drone Killing Was 'Legitimate' | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, whose lone vote against the Patriot Act made him a hero among civil libertarians, said he has no pr...

Mike Sacks

Feds Disclose New Details From Underwear Bomber | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics

The United States on Friday submitted a memorandum to a Michigan federal judge revealing that terrorist leader Anwar al Awlaki had more direct involve...

Mr. President: Include This In the State of the Union...Please

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.23.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The president should tell us, as is true, that the state of the nation in 2012 is "better" than it was when he took office.

Pipe Bomb Plot Demonstrates Ongoing Threat From Lone Wolves

Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens | Posted 01.22.2012 | World
Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens

Although Jose Pimentel appears to be the latest in a long line of hopeless "lone wolves, the case also demonstrates the (very slight) success of al-Qaeda's strategy in the West.

CIA Drones Gone Wild?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The costs and benefits -- and the legality -- of the U.S. drone program remain unclear. It highlights the need for the Obama administration to lay out what exactly is its "secret" drone policy.

Ruinous Victories

Bruce Fein | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Politicians are chronically myopic and generally ill-educated. Whenever they claim victory abroad, skepticism is justified. The latest case of Libya is no different.

Gaddafi is Dead - A Culture of Needless Violence

Judith Barr | Posted 12.22.2011 | World
Judith Barr

Moammar Gaddafi is dead. He was captured and some say executed. His country was deeply affected by the violence he created. But now . . . there is a c...

Free Speech in the Age of Obama -- A Cruel and Dangerous Hoax

Jeanine Molloff | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Jeanine Molloff

The decision in the case of Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, grants the U.S. government the right to criminalize political speech, by upholding the 'material support' provision of the re-authorized Patriot Act.

Former CIA Director William Colby Subject of New Documentary

Michael Rose | Posted 12.14.2011 | Los Angeles
Michael Rose

The Man Nobody Knew chronicles the life of the filmmaker's father, CIA Director William Colby, whose testimony to the Senate panel prompted numerous reforms in the agency.

America's Secret Empire of Drone Bases

Nick Turse | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Nick Turse

Using military documents, press accounts, and other open source information, an in-depth analysis by TomDispatch has identified at least 60 bases integral to U.S. military and CIA drone operations.

Jason Linkins

Here Are Some Thoughts I Had For America!: This Week In Pundit Pontifications | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.14.2011 | Media

Whether we are heading for a Great Entropy or a Similarly Great Syntropy, I feel that it's important that we sail ahead with some sense of decorum. And so I feel compelled to come out against all of this Occupation of Wall Street that I am seeing throughout the nation. Yes, I do agree with everything they're saying. But I just cannot abide what I am seeing in the streets of America. All of this endless commingling of common people -- their thoughts sprawling hither and yon, their angst worn too evidently on their sleeve, their tonsorial habits too varied and non-traditional -- is just so déclassé.

Al-Qaeda and John Yoo: Concerns and a Qualified Endorsement We Can Do Without

Dorian de Wind | Posted 12.12.2011 | World
Dorian de Wind

Yoo, the mastermind of the infamous "torture memos" that provided "legal" justification for torture in the form of waterboarding, has now expressed his qualified support for the killing of al-Awlaki.

Mitt Romney Recasts Himself as a Neocon

The Morningside Post | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
The Morningside Post

Any potential Romney administration would be heavy on defense spending, to the delight of neocons, but this would run counter to the current climate on Capitol Hill of cuts and more cuts.

Anwar al-Awlaki: Eye For An Eye Or A Third Way?

Christian Piatt | Posted 12.11.2011 | Religion
Christian Piatt

If we believe that one life - perhaps even our own - is worth giving up for a change that brings hope to thousands or millions of others, then this third way begins to look like a path worth exploring.

Al-Awlaki's Death is Not America's Death

Dorian de Wind | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

It is my opinion that a traitor who joined enemy combatants intent on doing our country and our people harm is a lawful target in an armed conflict and was rightly taken out before his dastardly plots could come to fruition.

Joshua Hersh

Obama's War On Terror: Civil Libertarians Decry Being 'Stabbed In The Back' By Awlaki Decision | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Civil libertarians are expressing dismay over a new report that names two prominent one-time critics of the abuse of presidential power ...

Both Sides Now: Does 99% = a 2012 Majority? A Drone Proliferation Treaty?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2010-06-28-bothsides_pull.jpg "We're the 99%" has helped shift media and public attention back to inequality and jobs. Matalin and Rosen debate whether it's more a hippie flash mob or Paris '68... and will the killing of al-Awlaki mean more Drones by more nations? Then: Slutwalks.

Inside The Secret Memo On Killing al-Awlaki

New York Times | Charlie Savage | Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration’s secret legal memorandum that opened the door to the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical Muslim cleric h...

On the Killing of an American and America

Robin Koerner | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Robin Koerner

No person who accepts the killing of an American citizen without due process, based on the assessment of the executive branch alone, can call themselves a Liberal.

Obama, the Ground-Breaking President?

Anthony Gregory | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Anthony Gregory

Why should the killing of Al-Awlaki not be a universal outrage? What greater tyranny could there be than a president's power to order a citizen executed without consulting Congress or the courts?

Ravana, Al-Awlaki And The Hijacking Of Religion

Vineet Chander | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Vineet Chander

We need not look far to find the Ravanas of our time... They are us -- at our weakest, basest, and grossest; people of faith, in our darkest moments of hypocrisy.

Pressure Mounts on Obama Administration to Release Legal Justification for al-Awlaki Killing

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.06.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

A growing number of former Bush administration officials and policy wonks across the political spectrum are calling on Obama to provide a more detailed legal justification for the lethal drone strike.

The Assassination of Al-Awlaki, American Citizen and al Qaeda Martyr

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 12.06.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

The underlying unease about Al-Awlaki's assassination is that there is considerable argument about whether he had become "operational" and was actively plotting or whether he was merely inspiring terrorism.

Jason Linkins

Late Returns: Ron Paul Floats Impeachment Over Al-Awlaki Drone Strike | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics

The targeted killing of Yemeni-based al-Qaeda "cleric" Anwar Al-Awlaki was guaranteed to be a flashpoint for controversy because it was essentially a ...