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Posts Tagged ‘targeted killing’

Imran Khan Allegedly Detained After Criticizing U.S. Drone Practices

CNN reports that Imran Khan, a Pakistani politician and known critic of U.S. drone practices, alleges he was detained and questioned by U.S. authorities while at a Canadian airport this past Saturday. This comes just weeks after BBC reported that Khan was leading protests against drone strikes in Pakistan.   You can read the full […]

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Nov 1st, 2012 targetted killing

UN to Investigate Targeted Killings

The New York Times reported that the United Nations is organizing a unit to investigate drone strikes initiated by the United States as well as targeted killings carried out by other nations. Specifically, the article states that the unit will explore civilian casualties caused by the strikes and “seek explanations” from the countries responsible. You […]

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Protests Against U.S. Drone Strikes in Pakistan Pause for the Night

BBC News reported that earlier this week protests led by Imran Khan against U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan were placed on hold overnight. As the article states, Khan, a former cricket star, argues that UAV attacks are responsible for the deaths of large numbers of civilians and that the strikes garner support for militant groups. […]

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Drone Downed in Israeli Airspace

USA Today reported that, on Saturday, a drone crossed into Israeli airspace from the Mediterranean Sea, marking the first time a hostile aircraft entered the airspace in six years. According to USA Today, Israeli fighter jets shot down the drone over the southern desert. The article states: Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich said Israeli ground systems […]

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Oct 8th, 2012 targetted killing

Shadow Wars – By Rosa Brooks | Foreign Policy

“Particularly since 9/11, the lines between the military and the intelligence community have gotten fuzzy,” observes Rosa Brooks, a Georgetown University Law Professor, on September 20, 2012 in an article entitled, “Shadow Wars: What’s the difference between a spook and a special operator?” in Foreign Policy Magazine. In our Prosecuting Terrorists course, we talk a […]

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Obama admin defends killing American terrorists – CNN

On February 23, 2012, CNN's national security blog reported that Jeh Johnson, Defense Department General Counsel, stated during a speech at Yale University that "The targeted killing of those suspected of engaging in terrorist activities against the United States, including American citizens, is justified and legal…"  According to CNN, Johnson is the first government lawyer […]

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Under Obama, an emerging global apparatus for drone killing – Washington Post

On December 27, 2011, the Washington Post featured an article that analyzed the Obama Administration's extensive use of drones to carry out targeted killings and stealth surveillance.  The article notes that "no president has ever relied so extensively on the secret killing of individuals to advance the nation's security goals." Moreover, the article discusses the […]

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Secret U.S. Memo Made Legal Case to Kill a Citizen – New York Times

An October 8, 2011 article in the New York Times outlined a summary of the principle legal arguments used by the Obama Administration in the recent killing of Anwar al-Awlaki. According to anonymous sources, a 50-page legal memorandum was prepared by David Barron and Martin Lederman of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel last […]

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U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 25 in Pakistan

Several drone strikes on a house believed to be holding suspected militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan killed 25 people Friday, including several women, according to reports. The strikes came after Pakistani officials urged Adm. Michael Mullen to halt the strikes this week during Mullen’s visit to Pakistan. Also early Friday, hundreds of militants reportedly attacked […]

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BBC: Hayden reports Drones are “Winning War Against Al Qaeda”

In Part Two of the BBC’s program ‘The Secret War on Terror,’ former CIA chief Michael Hayden says that the drone program in Pakistan “has been a very strong significant force in making the al-Qaeda senior leadership spend most of their waking moments worrying about their survival, rather than threatening yours or mine. And that […]

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