Court Rules: US Government Must Provide Details to Justify Drone Killing of American

This will quickly be swept under the rug by Eric Holder and the Justice Department. The Conservative media will not press the issue because the American killed was from the Middle East and his views sure are fodder for the “war on terror” crowd. Our only hope is that the liberal media step up. But from Jeremy Scahill’s last appearance of MSNBC suggests, good luck with that.


From Reuters


“In a case pitting executive power against the public’s right to know what its government does, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling preserving the secrecy of the legal rationale for the killings, such as the death of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen.


Ruling for the New York Times, a unanimous three-judge panel said the government waived its right to secrecy by making repeated public statements justifying targeted killings.


These included a Justice Department “white paper,” as well as speeches or statements by officials like Attorney General Eric Holder and former Obama administration counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, endorsing the practice.

The Times and two reporters, Charlie Savage and Scott Shane, sought the memorandum under the federal Freedom of Information Act, saying it authorized the targeting of al-Awlaki, a cleric who joined al Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate and directed many attacks.”


This might have a chance of getting traction because the New York Times is involved. The mainstream media has to point out any of their “journalists” actually do some courageous journalism.


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