Obama Administration Program that Assassinates U.S. Citizens Challenged in FOIA Lawsuit
Interview with Nathan Wessler, national security fellow with the ACLU’s National Security Project, conducted by Scott Harris
As the U.S. military and intelligence agencies have increased their use of unmanned, weaponized drone aircraft to kill suspected terrorists abroad, the Obama administration’s decision to assassinate U.S. citizens has provoked alarm and many questions from civil liberties advocates and the news media. On Sept. 30, 2011 the CIA and the military’s Joint Special Operations Command launched missiles from a drone over Yemen, killing alleged terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen born in New Mexico, and Samir Khan, also a U.S. citizen. Anwar al-Awlaki’s son, Abdulrahman, a 16-year-old U.S. citizen born in Colorado, was killed two weeks later in another U.S. drone attack in Yemen.