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Reviewing Drones

Jonathan Hafetz | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Hafetz

Should a federal judge review the government's decision to launch a lethal drone attack against a suspected terrorist? While the instinct is right, any review scheme must strike the correct balance between liberty and security.

Jennifer Bendery

White House: Obama Has No Authority To Use Drones On Americans On U.S. Soil | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Jay Carney on Thursday tried to put to rest a simmering debate over President Barack Obama's drone policy, s...

Michael McAuliff

John McCain Pans Colleague's Filibuster As 'Simply False' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the Senate's leading hawks, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), took to the Senate floor Thursday to fire back at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.),...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: Drone Strike To Kill U.S. Citizen On American Soil Legal, Hypothetically | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration believes it could technically use military force to kill an American on U.S. soil in an "extraordinary circumst...

Ryan J. Reilly

White House To Provide Classified Info On Drones, Feinstein Says | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has agreed to provide the Senate Intelligence Committee access to all opinions authored by the Justice Departme...

Preston Maddock

Subpoenaing Drone Memos Has 'Bipartisan Interest' | Preston Maddock | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There is "bipartisan interest" within the House Judiciary Committee in subpoenaing the Justice Department's legal memos that justify the...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama DOJ Won't Even Disclose Number Of Classified Memos | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just how many classified opinions has the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel issued since President Barack Obama took office f...

White House Still Won't Share Drone Memos

The New York Times | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House is refusing to share fully with Congress the legal opinions that justify targeted killings, while maneuvering to make su...

Tea Party Senator: Obama Drone Memo 'Fraught With Constitutional Problems'

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama's drone policy was "fraught with constitutional problems." In an interview on t...

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ: John Brennan Didn't Officially Disclose CIA Drones Program | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- John Brennan, President Barack Obama's nominee to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, didn't officially acknowledge the CIA'...

Desmond Tutu Not A Big Fan Of Drones

Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Ryan J. Reilly

WASHINGTON -- Cape Town Archbishop Emeritis Desmond Tutu is "deeply disturbed" that a possible judicial review process of President Barack Obama's ta...

Two White House Petitions on Civil Liberties and Executive Power

John V. Santore | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
John V. Santore

Michael Hastings described last week as a time when the "country started to show signs of outrage over the Obama administration's targeted killing pro...

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...

Dodging Transparency

Abraham R. Wagner | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Abraham R. Wagner

To the extent that the Obama Administration engages in targeting U.S. citizens abroad, and believes that it has sound legal authority to do so, it does itself no good in withholding the supporting legal arguments from open scrutiny.

Constitutional Violations Cannot Be Judged by Whether or Not They Produce Benefits

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Our credo cannot be, "It's right because it works." Some argue that the evidence seems to indicate that torture doesn't work. Drone targeted attacks kill innocent people as well. Wiretaps listen in on millions of conversations between law-abiding citizens.

John Brennan: CIA Wouldn't Keep Congress 'In The Dark'

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- John Brennan told members of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that he wouldn't keep them "in the dark" if he's confirmed as the n...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama To Provide Drones Memo To Congress | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has directed the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel to grant congressional intelligence committees acce...

The Targeted Killing Memo: What the U.S. Could Learn From Israel

Feisal G. Mohamed | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Feisal G. Mohamed

Though we should not forget that extrajudicial killing is inherently a violation of human rights, the Israeli approach to targeted killing at least involves some judicial review. The approach pursued by the Obama Administration has none.

Joshua Hersh

Obama Administration Hides Targeted Killings With Legal Double Talk | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In October 2011, Scott Shane, a national security reporter for The New York Times, sent an email to a branch of the Department of Justic...

Obama Administration Rejected FOIA Before Touting Drone White Paper

Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Ryan J. Reilly

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration rejected a Freedom of Information Act request for the "white paper" outlining the legal justification for the t...

Brennan Needs to Correct the Record on Drones

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Historically, it's been impossible to get the agency to say anything about its drone program or even its interpretation of the laws it's required to follow. Would Brennan support a more open flow of information about how the CIA is carrying out targeted killings, if it continues to do so?

Judge Regretfully Rules Law Doesn't Require US Government to Explain Its Drone War

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

This is one of the best reasons I've heard yet for why the Obama administration should release the legal memos written to justify its overseas targeted killings of terror suspects, regardless of whether any court ever orders it to.

Joshua Hersh

Lawmakers Vent Frustration Over Drone Strike Secrecy | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A rare congressional hearing into the use of unmanned drones for targeted killings drew bipartisan agreement over the White House's lack...

Rules for Drones

Tom Ginsburg | Posted 02.03.2013 | World
Tom Ginsburg

Simply because it is technically possible does not make it a good idea, or a legal one. What legal principles should govern the use of drones to kill people?

Andrea Stone

Drone Strikes Memo Debates Legality of Targeted Killing | Andrea Stone | Posted 09.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A newly surfaced Congressional Research Service analysis of the government's targeted killing of suspected terrorists, including U.S. ci...