Judge rules federal government can continue using drones to secretly kill Americans
by: Ethan A. Huff
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
More than a year after the Obama administration quietly murdered three American nationalists abroad using unmanned aerial drones, a federal judge has finally ruled that keeping the details of the killings a secret, as well as the motivation behind them, is not necessarily illegal. In her 75-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon explained that while the government’s actions in the matter appear on the surface to be “incompatible with our Constitution,” they are also somehow permissible at the exact same time.
In case you missed it, back on September 30, 2011, American military drones were sent to kill Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, two American nationalists living in Yemen who were alleged to have had connections with al-Qaeda. Just a few days later, al-Awlaki’s teenage son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was also murdered, bringing the total number of Americans killed without due process to a shocking three. The incident, of course, generated all sorts of questions from those paying attention as to why, and for what purpose, these three men were killed in this manner.
In the immediate aftermath, few concrete details were released from the Obama White House about the incident, which prompted The New York Times (NYT) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to launch their own investigation into the matter. According to reports, the Obama White House was not long after served by the NYT and ACLU with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests seeking further details about the incident, including the supposed justification behind using drones to kill American citizens.