The attorney general’s remarks come five months after President Obama ordered the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen, in a drone attack in Yemen. Another US citizen, Samir Khan, was killed in the same attack. Two weeks later, Awlaki’s 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, was killed in subsequent US drone strike.
Obama had placed al-Awlaki, alleged to be a leading Al Qaeda figure in Yemen, on the “kill or capture” list in April 2010. He was never formally charged and no direct evidence was ever presented against him.
The “kill or capture” list is itself known only to the president and a handful of advisors. There is no way of knowing when or how a name is entered on the assassination list, and there exists no legal means for having a name stricken once the president has selected an individual for elimination. (See: “The legal implications of the al-Awlaki assassination”. )
Holder referred to the joint congressional resolution, the Authorization for Use of Military Force, as the legal justification for waging unprovoked and preemptive wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and any other country targeted by the US, and carrying out targeted assassinations and extrajudicial killings of alleged Al Qaeda-linked terrorists, including US citizens, anywhere in the world.
Passed on September 18, 2001, seven days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the resolution was at the time presented as narrowly focused against those in Al Qaeda and the Taliban directly responsible for 9/11. It was then repeatedly used first by the Bush administration and then the Obama White House to justify wholesale violations of both international and domestic laws, and to assert a pseudo-legal basis for indefinite detention without trial, the abduction and transfer of alleged terrorists for interrogation and torture in foreign countries (rendition), military tribunals, domestic spying, the maintenance of the concentration camp at Guantanamo, and other police-state measures.
“Because the United States is in an armed conflict,” Holder declared, “we are authorized to take action against enemy belligerents under international law… None of this is changed by the fact that we are not in a conventional war.”
In fact, the so-called global war on terror is a phony war, conjured up to provide an overarching political framework for a turn by the United States to unbridled militarism abroad and police-state measures domestically. Its geographical scope is the entire planet, its duration is unbounded, and its enemies are determined by the political exigencies of US imperialist foreign policy. Moreover, its initial justification, the events of 9/11, remain shrouded in mystery, including the apparent role of US intelligence and security agencies in facilitating the terrorist plot.
Where the hell is Barbara Lee?
Am I the only one who remembers her claim that she would overturn the authorization for 9/11?
She hasn't done a damn thing.
Except whore and lie.
White people love Barbara Lee for some strange reason.
Maybe because she tells them what makes them fool good?
She's nothing but a fraud and a fake who told us she'd be calling out Barack Obama.
She never has.
All the reasons she opposed Bush apply to why she should oppose Barack. But she lacks guts and spine to do so.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):