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Obama will allow lawmakers to see secret memo on targeted killings
www.washingtonpost.com-February 07, 2013
President Obama yielded Wednesday to congressional demands that he provide access to a secret legal memo on the targeted killing of American terrorism suspects overseas, avoiding a confrontation that threatened the confirmation of John O. Brennan as his new CIA director.
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Drone Strikes’ Risks to Get Rare Moment in the Public Eye
www.nytimes.com-February 06, 2013
Late last August, a 40-year-old cleric named Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber stood up to deliver a speech denouncing Al Qaeda in a village mosque in far eastern Yemen.
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Brennan nomination exposes criticism on targeted killings and secret Saudi base
www.washingtonpost.com-February 06, 2013
President Obama’s plan to install his counterterrorism adviser as director of the CIA has opened the administration to new scrutiny over the targeted-killing policies it has fought to keep hidden from the public, as well as the existence of a previously secret drone base in Saudi Arabia.
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Report on Targeted Killing Whets Appetite for Less Secrecy
www.nytimes.com-February 06, 2013
Early in his first term, President Obama rejected the vehement protests of the Central Intelligence Agency and ordered the public disclosure of secret Justice Department legal opinions on interrogation and torture that had been written in the administration of George W. Bush.
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Pakistani ambassador to U.S. calls CIA drone strikes a ‘clear violation’
www.washingtonpost.com-February 06, 2013
CIA drone strikes in Pakistan are “a clear violation of our sovereignty and a violation of international law” that threaten stable relations between the two governments, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States said Tuesday.
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Justice Dept. document justifies killing Americans overseas if they pose ‘imminent threat’
www.washingtonpost.com-February 05, 2013
The United States can lawfully kill a U.S. citizen overseas if it determines the target is a “senior, operational leader” of al-Qaeda or an associated group and poses an imminent threat to the United States, according to a Justice Department document published late Monday by NBC News.
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Memo Cites Legal Basis for Killing U.S. Citizens in Al Qaeda
www.nytimes.com-February 05, 2013
Obama administration lawyers have asserted that it would be lawful to kill a United States citizen if “an informed, high-level official” of the government decided that the target was a ranking figure in Al Qaeda who posed “an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States” and if his capture was not feasible, according to a 16-page document made public on Monday.
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Broad Powers Seen for Obama in Cyberstrikes
www.nytimes.com-February 04, 2013
A secret legal review on the use of America’s growing arsenal of cyberweapons has concluded that President Obama has the broad power to order a pre-emptive strike if the United States detects credible evidence of a major digital attack looming from abroad, according to officials involved in the review.
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U.N. Panel to Investigate Rise in Drone Strikes
www.nytimes.com-January 25, 2013
A prominent British human rights lawyer said on Thursday that a United Nations panel he leads would investigate what he called the “exponential rise” in drone strikes used in counterterrorist operations, “with a view to determining whether there is a plausible allegation of unlawful killing.”
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Why the Haqqani Network is Not on the Foreign Terrorist Organizations List
www.foreignaffairs.com-December 21, 2011
Members of the Haqqani network have killed hundreds of U.S. citizens and carried out spectacular acts of terrorism, including against the U.S. embassy, NATO headquarters, the Intercontinental Hotel, the Indian embassy, and the British Council -- all in Kabul. Yet the organization is not on the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations. This apparent lapse is not for lack of bipartisan support: In a September letter, U.S. Senators Lindsay Graham (R–S.C.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.) urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to add the network to the list, to “curtail logistical, financial and political support for the group’s terrorist activities.” The appropriate answer to their inquiry would seem obvious. The Haqqanis are both foreign and terrorists, after all.
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