Anwar al-Awlaki

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Trump Features in Militant Recruitment Video

al-Shabab video is aimed at US audience

(Newser) - Donald Trump's call for a "complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the US has made it into a jihadist recruitment video. The video released Friday by Somalian al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab focuses on racial issues in the US and features video of Trump's speech sandwiched between old clips of... More »

White House Memo Argues Right to Kill Americans

Memo cites fight against al-Qaeda and laws of war

(Newser) - The Obama administration justified using drones to kill Americans suspected of terrorism overseas by citing the war against al-Qaeda and by saying a surprise attack against an American in a foreign land would not violate the laws of war, according to a previously secret government memorandum released today. The memo... More »

Secret Drone Strike Memo to Be Released

Move comes as fight over Barron nomination looms

(Newser) - The Obama administration has decided to release a secret memo explaining its justification for killing American citizens in drone strikes overseas, sources tell the AP . The decision comes as the Senate prepares to vote on the nomination of the memo's author, David Barron, to the 1st US Circuit Court... More »

Feds Ordered to Release Targeted Killing Memo

Secret papers were used to justify killing US citizens

(Newser) - The Obama administration needs to release secret papers explaining its legal justification for killing American citizens in drone strikes overseas, a federal appeals court has ruled. The court decided that public statements from officials including President Obama and the release of a Justice Department "white paper" on targeted killings... More »

FBI: Worker Planned Suicide Bombing of Wichita Airport

Technician, 58, arrested in vehicle with (fake) explosives

(Newser) - An FBI sting has resulted in the arrest of an airport worker in Wichita who authorities say intended to blow up his place of employment—the Mid-Continent Regional Airport. A suspect identified as 58-year-old Terry Lee Loewen was arrested this morning at the airport inside a vehicle he thought was... More »

Why Did America Kill My Teen Grandson?

Nasser al-Awlaki thinks President Obama owes him an explanation

(Newser) - Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was a US citizen. He was also a typical 16-year-old; "he watched The Simpsons, listened to Snoop Dogg, read Harry Potter, and had a Facebook page with many friends," his grandfather, Nasser al-Awlaki writes in a New York Times op-ed. In October 2011 he was killed... More »

US Admits Killing 4 Citizens in Drone Strikes

That includes al-Awlaki, three others

(Newser) - That the US killed American citizens in drone strikes isn't exactly news, but today marks the first time the White House is officially acknowledging it, reports the Washington Post . One day before President Obama gives a speech related to US drone strategy, attorney general Eric Holder sent a letter... More »

Boston Suspects First Planned Attack for July 4

But they built their bombs too fast: reports

(Newser) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told investigators that he and his brother originally planned their attack for July 4th—but they built their bombs so quickly that they moved the mission up to the day of the Boston Marathon, reports outlets including the New York Times , Boston Globe , and CBS News . All of... More »

Boston Suspects' Mother Was on Watch List, Too

Landfill searched as investigation continues

(Newser) - Tamerlan wasn't the only Tsarnaev family member to appear on a US terror watch list: His mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, was named as well. The Terror Identities Datamart Environment list contains some 500,000 names marked by several federal agencies . It remains uncertain why Zubeidat's name appeared on the... More »

Drone War Exposes Our Racism

Glenn Greenwald thinks Islamophobia is powering the War on Terror

(Newser) - A poll out this morning shows that a majority of Americans believe the US shouldn't assassinate its own citizens abroad (41% favor the killings, with 52% opposed), which is a little weird, points out Glenn Greenwald at the Guardian , because when the US actually killed citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, it... More »

No. of Americans on Kill List: Zilch

House Intelligence chair Mike Rogers says only senior leaders targeted

(Newser) - The White House has remained mum on its so-called kill list , but at least one politician is now talking: House Intelligence Committee chair Mike Rogers yesterday revealed that there aren't any Americans on it. "There is no list where Americans are on the list," Rogers told the... More »

Feds Can Kill US Citizens: DOJ Memo

Leaked document has loose definition of requirements for drone strike

(Newser) - It is legal for the American government to order the killing of an American citizen if a "high-level" official decides that the person is a senior member of al-Qaeda or an associated group who poses "an imminent threat of violent attack" against the US, according to a Justice... More »

Judge's Reluctant Ruling: Awlaki Memo to Stay Secret

Classified document outlined the legal justification for targeted killing

(Newser) - The Justice Department can keep secret the classified memo that gave the legal go-ahead to kill US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, ruled a federal judge yesterday—with reluctance. The New York Times , which itself filed the lawsuit seeking access to the memo under the Freedom of Information Act, shares portions of... More »

US Had Awlaki in Custody Twice, Let Him Go

Freedom of information request reveals 2nd time they had cleric

(Newser) - US authorities had Anwar al-Awlaki in custody twice and let him go both times, before eventually killing him in a targeted drone attack, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has discovered through a Freedom of Information Act request. Documents from the US embassy in Yemen indicate that the US-born radical cleric... More »

To Hunt Awlaki, CIA Found Him a Bride

Terrorist's aides foiled plot: report

(Newser) - Before killing Anwar al-Awlaki in a drone strike , the CIA tried an unusual tactic to hunt him down: It tried to get him hitched, according to a Danish newspaper's report. The agency reportedly hired an al-Qaeda double agent for $250,000 to set up the couple. The spy, a... More »

As al-Qaeda Wanes, Global Terror Attacks Hit 7-Year Low

But 2011 still saw more than 10K

(Newser) - Following Osama bin Laden's death , terrorist attacks around the globe dropped to the lowest level since 2005 last year—but there were still 10,283 attacks. That's down from 11,641 in 2010, ABC News reports. In addition to bin Laden's death, the State Department says the... More »

Al-Awlaki's Dad Sues US

Along with mother of another American killed in drone strike

(Newser) - The families of three Americans killed in US drone strikes in Yemen are suing the government, arguing that it had no right to assassinate them without a trial. The wrongful-death suit was filed yesterday by Nasser al-Awlaki, father of Anwar al-Awlaki, and Sarah Khan, mother of Samir Khan, the BBC... More »

Obama: The Man Holding the 'Kill List'

'New York Times' dives into president's counterterrorism approach

(Newser) - The New York Times is running what is undoubtedly today's biggest talker—in terms of both length and heft. The paper interviewed three dozen current and past Obama advisers in an attempt to define the president's counterterrorism approach—a topic it describes using words such as baffling, confounding,... More »

White House Gives CIA OK to Bomb Yemen at Will

No need for agency to know targets' names before launching drone strike

(Newser) - The White House has loosened restrictions on the use of US drones against suspected militants in Yemen, following a CIA request . Now, the CIA and military can target militants seen as dangerous to the US without knowing their names, as is the case in Pakistan, the Wall Street Journal reports.... More »

Holder Defends the Right to Kill Americans

Attorney general: Killing American terrorists is not 'assassination'

(Newser) - Eric Holder made his long-awaited speech today on the legality of America hunting down and killing its own citizens, the Washington Post reports. In a speech at Northwestern University in Chicago, the attorney general argued that an Oval Office review of the facts regarding any American amounted to "due... More »

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