Increasingly, it seems that Americans who've traveled to Yemen at some point have been detained abroad, where they're subjected not only to aggressive questioning by U.S. officials but also to brutality by the U.S. allies detaining them.
It has lately become usual for right-wing columnists, bloggers, and jingo lawmakers to call for the assassination of people abroad whom we don't like. How did such remote-control killings pick up glamor and legitimacy?
The virtue of a "torture warrant," like that of the ACLU's proposed "killing warrant," is that it requires articulation of standards, visibility of actions and ultimate approval by democratic institutions.
Last spring, a young girl tried to murder a member of parliament. Her inspiration? A man that is to Islam what Terry Jones is to Christianity. It's a valuable lesson about how we can prevent radical Islamic violence.
There's no doubt that we've grown distrustful of our government lately, and with good reason. However, I find it hard to peg Anwar al-Aulaqi as anything other than a very serious threat to our national security.
With evidence piled up that the status of women in the West is what radical Islamists revile most about us, the question is, why haven't Western countries made support of women a fundamental element of the diplomatic, political response?