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Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The families of two Yemeni men who were killed by US drone strikes filed a lawsuit [complaint] Sunday against the US claiming that the men, Salem bin Ali Jaber and Waleed bin Ali Jaber, were "innocent bystanders" who were wrongfully killed. The lawsuit, which seeks no monetary relief, states … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday released a previously secret government memo [text, PDF] outlining the Obama administration's legal basis for the 2011 drone strike against US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in Yemen. According to the memo, al-Awlaki … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday ordered [opinion, PDF] the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to turn over a memorandum detailing the legal justification for the US government's targeted killing program. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] brought … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] dismissed a lawsuit [opinion, PDF] on Friday brought against officials of the Obama administration [official website] for the 2011 drone strikes that killed three US citizens in Yemen. The lawsuit was specifically brought against [AP … [read more]


Features
12 Aug 2013

On September 30, 2011, the US government carried out a successful drone strike against four suspected al-Qaeda supporters, two of whom were US citizens. Two weeks later, the US launched another drone strike killing a teenage US citizen and six other civilians, including another teenager. These actions by the US … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday denied [opinion, PDF] a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text, PDF] request for disclosure of tactics used by the US to assassinate suspected terrorists. The request had been filed by American … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Friday filed a motion to dismiss [text, PDF] a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging the US government's targeted killing of three US citizens in drone strikes. Senior al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC obituary; JURIST news … [read more]


Professional Commentary
13 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Samar Warsi, a Senior Volunteer Attorney for the Muslim Civil Liberties Union, argues that drone attacks are counterproductive and hurt American attempts at foreign policy improvement...Just hours after the re-election of US President Barack Obama, a US drone strike was launched just outside of Yemen's capital. Evidence … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Wednesday challenging the US government's targeted killing of three US citizens in drone strikes. Senior al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC obituary; … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions [official profile] continued to criticize US drone strikes on Thursday, saying that in some cases the attacks may constitute war crimes. In addressing the 20th Session [materials] of the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday, Christof Heyns said the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday filed [ACLU press release] a memorandum [text, PDF] on behalf of the Obama administration rejecting a request to reveal information about the targeted killing program against suspected terrorists and US citizens abroad. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions [official profile] told reporters Wednesday that after a two-day dialogue with US officials about legal concerns over drone-strike killings, the US has failed to directly address any of his questions. Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns presented his report [text, PDF; … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions [official profile] published a report [text, PDF], released Tuesday, asking the US to clarify its policy of targeted killing of terrorism suspects through raids and unmanned drone strikes. Christof Heyns noted that the US government has failed in the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] declared on Friday that US drone strikes in Pakistan raise grave legal concerns under international law. Pillay expressed particular concern that the drone strikes do not comport with the international law principles [BBC report] of proportionality and distinction. Pillay … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that Col. Morris Davis [JURIST news archive], the former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] may not seek money damages from his former supervisor at the Library of Congress (LOC) [official … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy websites] issued a request for information [text, PDF] to the US Department of Defense on Tuesday under the under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] regarding a December 2009 missile attack in Yemen that … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website], in a speech [transcript] Monday, framed the Obama administration's policy toward the targeted killing [JURIST news archive] of US citizens abroad who are members of al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Holder's comments also addressed the success of the federal courts and revised military … [read more]


Legal News
29 Feb 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Former al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] military commander Saif al-Adel [Telegraph profile] was arrested at an airport in Cairo [Al Ahram report] on Tuesday, according to the Egyptian media. Egyptian security officials detained al-Adel upon his arrival after noticing that his name appeared on the passenger list on a … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Wednesday under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] demanding the US government release information about their targeted killing program [press release] of US citizens abroad. The lawsuit comes in response to the three American … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2012
by Katherine Getty

[JURIST] Four British men pleaded guilty Wednesday to plotting an al Qaeda inspired attack against the London Stock Exchange (LSE) [official website]. In December 2010, nine men who met through radical Islamist groups were charged and taken into custody [JURIST report] in the UK for conspiring to bomb the US … [read more]

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