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U.S. Loses Ruling on Secrecy of Drone Killing of American Anwar al-Awlaki: Court

The U.S. government must turn over the legal memo justifying its killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American citizen who was blown to bits by two CIA drones in Yemen in 2011, a federal court ruled Monday.

A panel of the 2nd U.S. District Court of Appeals in New York unanimously rejected the government's argument that it could withhold its reasoning for assassinating al-Awlaki, a radical cleric born in New Mexico who it said was a senior recruiter for al-Qaeda, and another U.S. citizen who was with him on Sept. 30, 2011.

It's the first time a court has ever ordered the unveiling of a secret document supporting the U.S.'s targeting of American citizens in the war on terrorism. The American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the government's withholding of the 2010 memo, called the ruling a "resounding rejection of the government's effort to use secrecy and selective disclosure to manipulate public opinion about the targeted killing program."

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scawarren's picture

I bet they don't turn over a

I bet they don't turn over a darn thing not for years anyway.

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e.e. cummings

I bet you are 100% correct.

I mean, look how forth coming Holder's been with documents he's been required to turn over so far.

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lets hope something actually comes from this.

That's Huge News!

But I really want to see what their excuse was for killing his 16 year old son (and I believe his son's friend - also around the same age) 2 weeks later. The son was an American citizen as well, by the way, though he did happen to be in Yemen at the time of the strike. Does traveling abroad give the president the right to murder you?

Also, check out the paragraph below. Shouldn't someone be arrested for murder (even if it was a mistake)?


WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has never commented publicly on the targeted drone strike that accidentally killed Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, a 16-year-old American boy and the son of al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki. But a new book released Tuesday reveals Obama was "surprised and upset and wanted an explanation" when he learned of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki's October 2011 death, which one former White House official calls "a mistake, a bad mistake."

It was just a coincidence his son died

A statistical impossibility, yes, but a coincidence none the less.

Obama's adviser Robert Gibbs had this to say:

A 16-year-old American boy killed in an Obama administration drone strike "should have [had] a far more responsible father," Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs says in a new video released by the group We Are Change.


I remember that

Not the first time in my life I wanted to deck a politician but probably time where my fist itched the most.

Obama: "If I had a son, he'd look like Abdulrahman al-Awlaki"

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting to hear that one.


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