Five Takeaways from the Newly Released #Drone Memo
Avec beaucoup de retard, le mémo réclamé par l’ACLU et le New York Times et sensé expliquer les raisons pour lesquelles il était tellement urgent de mettre hors d’état de nuire #Anwar_al-Awlaki qu’il n’y avait d’autre choix que de le liquider (plutôt que de chercher à le capturer) a finalement été rendu public,
Monday morning, a federal appeals court released a government memorandum, dated July 16, 2010, authorizing both the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency to kill Anwar al-Aulaqi, a U.S. citizen, in Yemen.
The publication of the Office of Legal Counsel memo comes, as the court noted, after a lengthy delay. The ACLU (along with the New York Times) has been fighting for this memo since we first asked for it in a Freedom of Information Act request submitted in October 2011.
Monday’s release by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is an important victory for transparency. But while the memo advances the public record in significant ways, it still does not answer many key questions about the government’s claimed authority to kill U.S. citizens outside of active battlefields. Here are several important takeaways from Monday’s release.
There are additional OLC memos addressing the lawfulness and constitutionality of the targeted killing of U.S. citizens — and the government will likely have to release portions of those as well.