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Targeted Killings

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?

White House Explains Targeted Killings Of U.S. Citizens

AP | MATT APUZZO | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — U.S. citizens are legitimate military targets when they take up arms with al-Qaida, top national security lawyers in the Obama admi...

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.

Reading the Pictures: al-Awlaki: What's Wrong With This Picture?

Michael Shaw | Posted 12.02.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw


After Bin Laden, Time for Clear U.S. Policy on Targeted Killing

Chris Rogers | Posted 07.09.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

Having killed the world's most notorious terrorist in a cross-border "kill operation," U.S.-targeted killing is at the center of public attention and international scrutiny. Now is the time for the U.S. to publicly announce a clear policy on targeted killing.

The Photographs Should Be Released

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

President Obama's decision to withhold photographs of Bin Laden's dead body is only the last in a series of terrible mistakes in the handling of the dead terrorist's body.

Wanted: More Light, Less Heat About Drone Attacks

Gabor Rona | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gabor Rona

The use of drones to deliver deadly force is not necessarily a violation of law. In war, killing is permitted, but subject to certain limitations. The U.S should make public the criteria it uses to determine that a drone strike is lawful.

Pentagon Assertions of "Progress" In Afghanistan Are a Bad Joke

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

The latest Petraeus/Gates media tour is under way in preparation for the general's testimony to Congress next week, and they're trotting out the same, tired spin they've been using since McChrystal was replaced in disgrace last year.

Targeted Killing and the Courts

Jameel Jaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jameel Jaffer

Weeks after 9/11, Alan Dershowitz notoriously proposed that judges be empowered to issue warrants authorizing interrogators to use torture against s...

CIA Misconduct in Peruvian Killing Underlines Inconsistencies--and Problems--in U.S. Policies

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

By Gabor Rona, International Legal Director Talk about exquisite timing. Two days ago, the New York Times reported on the just-released publication...

Repackaging Assassination

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Feffer

To: Leon Panetta, Langley HQ From: Operative 650, Sana'a office Re: Memo XE1850 Leon: Greetings from Yemen. It's been a year since I corresponded di...

Time for 'A Full and Open Debate' About Drones

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Last week, in a rare public interview, Michael Leiter, the nation's counterterrorism chief, acknowledged that the government's drone and targeted kill...

UN Expert: 'Targeted Killings' By U.S., Israel, Russia May Be War Crimes

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GENEVA — Governments must come clean on their methods for killing suspected terrorists and insurgents – especially when using unmanned dro...

State Dept Promises To Produce Legal Justification for Drone Attacks

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daphne Eviatar

State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh has promised to produce the Obama administration's legal justification for its increased use of drone strike...