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Tag: Targeted Assassination

Royal Air Force Drones Have Been Hunting British Jihadis in Syria for Months

Unmanned British aerial drones armed with Hellfire missiles have been flying the skies over Syria for months in an effort to target British jihadis on a “kill list” written by senior ministers on the U.K. National Security Council.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

Assassination as Washington Policy and How It Failed, 1990-2015

The strangest part of the story is that a strategy that achieved the very opposite of its intended goal in the drug wars would later be applied full scale to the war on terror—with exactly the same results.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE

Leaving the Killing to Computers

The Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine, Andrew Cockburn, tells Jon Stewart about the increasingly technologically dependent and hands-off process that American officials use to kill militants and, inadvertently, civilians in other countries.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE

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American Drones Kill a Dozen in Yemen

U.S. drones killed 12 people in Yemen who the government claims are al-Qaida suspects. Thursday’s action was the eighth such attack in less than two weeks amid warnings of terrorist assaults on Western outposts.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Moises Castillo

Pakistan Says Senior Taliban Leaders Killed in Drone Strike

A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has reportedly killed senior Taliban militants, including the group’s second in command. Four people were said to be dead after the attack in the North Waziristan region.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE

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Targeted Killings: A Legal History

Assassinations have long been regarded as a basic element of foreign relations that largely remained in the dark, unspoken of but widely practiced in response to perceived threats to national security.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE

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The Shooting Gallery: Obama and the Vanishing Point of Democracy

We live at a time in the United States when the notion of political enemies has become a euphemism for dismantling prohibitions against targeted assassinations, torture, abductions and indefinite detention.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE

U.S. and Israel Push the Boundaries of International Law

In 2009, the former head of the international law department of Israel’s military establishment, Daniel Reisner, said that “International law progresses through violations. We invented the targeted assassination thesis and we had to push it.”

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE

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Greenwald Responds to the DOJ’s Targeted Killing Leak

The Department of Justice memo released by NBC News on Monday, which asserts the right of U.S. officials to kill American citizens without due process, “equates government accusations with guilt,” writes Glenn Greenwald in The Guardian.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE

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DOJ Memo Outlines Legal Case for Drone Strikes on Americans (Video)

The U.S. Justice Department has abandoned evidenced-based reasoning in an undated memo obtained by NBC News that argues for the right of the government to target and kill American citizens it simply deems to be terrorists.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE

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