iOS app Android app

Targeted Killing

U.S. Targeted Killing Rules Conflate Legality and Politics

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 08.17.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

In January 2013, President Barack Obama promised to make the rules for the United States’ targeted killing program “more transparent to the Americ...

Ali Watkins

Obama Administration On Plan To Take Away CIA's Drones: Never Mind, Keep 'Em | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has abandoned his two-year push to consolidate his controversial targeted killing program under Pentagon control ...

Who Are US Drones Killing in Yemen -- and Why?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama, at his pre-vacation press conference Friday, promised more "transparency" on U.S. government surveillance programs. But he made no mention of the need for more information about who our government is secretly killing abroad.

Ryan J. Reilly

Small ACLU Team Fights Drone Secrecy | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The Obama administration, in the face of harsh criticism from members of Congress, has recently promised more transparency surrounding the...

Joshua Hersh

What Rand Paul Could Target Next | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director, he knew...

What Eric Holder Should Say About Drones Tomorrow

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

With bipartisan concern clear and public interest in the program growing, now is the time for the Justice Department to explain fully its legal support for the program, or risk more claims of the Obama administration's hypocrisy.

Michael McAuliff

Dem: Obama Is 'Judge, Jury And Executioner' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's oblique references in his State of the Union address to America's targeted killings and drone strikes was a wel...

Joshua Hersh

Obama Gives Annual Address In Front Of Joint Session Of Congress | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Making an oblique reference to a highly classified counterterrorism program that swept into headlines and congressional debate last week...

David Wood

In Armed Drones Debate, The Real Issue Is Killing | David Wood | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The debate over armed drones and whether the United States should use missile-firing robots to kill people identified as terrorists is a...

Targeted Killing Program

Hector Villagra | Posted 04.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Hector Villagra

Obama deserves nothing but the harshest criticism for claiming that the executive can wield the power to kill U.S. citizens with no accountability, whether before or even after the fact.

David Wood

Armed Terrorist Drones Could Target President, Says Ex-U.S. Intelligence Chief | David Wood | Posted 01.22.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- As the technology for arming drones spreads around the world, terrorists could use the unmanned, missile-firing aircraft to attack and k...

Warning: Avoid Military-Age Men in Muslim Countries

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.21.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

All men in Pakistan between the ages of 20 and 40 are potential targets for a U.S. drone strike, says former Ambassador Cameron Munter. And all "mili...

The Death of al Qaeda's #2: Time to Wind Down the War on Terror

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

This is the time to start publicly acknowledging we've won the war the United States declared in 2001 against those who "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the September 11 attacks, and those who harbored them. It's time to embark on a more rational counterterrorism policy.

Dan Froomkin

Tortured History: Unearthed Memo Raises Contrasts Between Bush, Obama | Dan Froomkin | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A six-year-old memo from within the George W. Bush administration that came to light this week acknowledges that White House-approved in...

In Wake of Al-Awlaki's Death, U.S. Needs to Come Clean on Targeted Killings

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.30.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Was the killing of Awlaki lawful? For that matter, is the growing U.S. practice of targeting individuals around the world with remote-controlled drones or secret Special Operations raids a legal way to fight terrorism?

Justice Stevens: Bin Laden Killing Legal

Diane Marie Amann | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Diane Marie Amann

Stevens said targeting a known individual for death was different from killing anonymous enemies in time of war, but that the May 2 operation that ended bin Laden's life was different.

Al-Awlaki Decision Leaves Key Questions Unanswered

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Under what circumstances is the U.S. government allowed to target for death an individual suspected of participating in terrorism in a foreign country where we are not actively engaged in a war?