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The Al-Awlaki Decision: No Triumph for Transparency?

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:37 AM

On Monday, a three-judge Second Circuit panel ordered the Obama administration to disclose a redacted copy of the Office of Legal Counsel memorandum outlining its legal justification for the targeted killing of New Mexico-born Anwar al-Awlaki. The decision is being cast as a triumph for transparency, and a clear admonition of presidential secrecy with respect to . . .
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Five Ways to Reform the Targeted Killing Program

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 3:07 AM

Can the targeted killing program be reformed?  That will be the topic of discussion today at 4pm EST, as the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights holds a hearing entitled “Drone Wars: The Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing”  Regular Lawfare readers know that I’ve authored six prior . . .
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Presidential Politics, International Affairs and (a bit on) Pakistani Sovereignty

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Friday, March 15, 2013 at 6:48 PM

In my prior post I focused on how Congress can serve as a mechanism of political accountability for targeted killings.  In this post I want to focus on presidential and international politics as potential accountability mechanisms. PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS If congressional oversight does not work, what about the executive branch’s response to political pressure?  For politics . . .
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The Politics of Accountability for Targeted Killings

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Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6:51 PM

As regular readers know, I authored three posts on the kill-list creation process.  In my first post I explained how law creates categories of targets, and how bureaucrats begin to create lists of targets.  In my second post I explained how network analysis contributes to the kill-list creation process.  The third post described the extensive . . .
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