“From a certain perspective, there’s really only one point worth making about all of this: if you think about it, it is warped beyond belief that the ACLU has to sue the U.S. Government in order to force it to disclose its claimed legal and factual bases for assassinating U.S. citizens without charges, trial or due process of any kind.
“It’s extraordinary enough that the Obama administration is secretly targeting citizens for execution-by-CIA; that they refuse even to account for what they are doing even to the point of refusing to disclose their legal reasoning as to why they think the President possesses this power is just mind-boggling.” — Glenn Greenwald, Salon
“That the government adds people to kill lists after a bureaucratic process and leaves them on the lists for months at a time flies in the face of the Constitution and international law,” — Vince Warren, Executive Director of CCR
Obama’s Top Secret Killing of American Targeted Individuals Program Prompts ACLU Lawsuit
The ACLU filed a lawsuit Wednesday, February 1, 2012. against Obama administration agencies, including the Justice and Defense Departments and the CIA, over their refusing to disclose any information about President Obama’s “targeted killing of Americans” program.
The ACLU had filed a FOIA request in October to obtain the most basic information about the CIA’s drone killings of three American targeted individuals in Yemen: Anwar Awlaki and Samir Khan in September, and Awlaki’s 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, killed by another drone attack two weeks later.
“It seems unbelievable: through a joint operation between the CIA and the military, three U.S. citizens are killed by unmanned predator drones, far from any battlefield. None of them were charged with a crime, and no court reviewed the government’s decision to kill its own citizens,” ACLU Director Anthony Romero stated late Thursday evening in an email.
“Our government’s deliberate and premeditated killing of American terrorism suspects raises profound questions that ought to be the subject of public debate. Unfortunately the Obama administration has released very little information about the practice — its official position is that the targeted killing program is a state secret — and some of the information it has released has been misleading,” stated ACLU in its Written statement on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.
The ACLU’s FOIA requested information on the legal and factual basis for these killings meaning: “tell us what legal theories you’ve adopted to secretly target U.S. citizens for execution, and what factual basis did you have to launch these specific strikes?” reports Glenn Greenwald in Salon.
The DOJ and CIA responded by refusing to provide any of information requested and even refused to to confirm if any of the requested documents exist.
ACLU stated Wednesday that “these agencies are saying the targeted killing program is so secret that they can’t even acknowledge that it exists.”
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