In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

Anwar al-Awlaki

Can the US assassinate an American citizen living in Yemen?

Sept 30 2010 Last month, civil liberties groups and the family of Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki filed suit to stop the US government from killing Mr. Awlaki – an American citizen living abroad in Yemen. The government, which is trying to have the case dismissed, labels Mr. Awlaki a threat for alleged involvement in terror plots and inspiring anti-American jihadists. Awlaki is believed to be a target for extrajudicial killing. The suit raises a fundamental question: When, if ever, is it lawful for government to assassinate? While a private individual has no right to kill except in self-defense, the right of those acting under color of law, such as police officers, soldiers, or the CIA, is...

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Dr Aafia Siddiqui

There are too many holes in the case against Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

Sept 26 2010 No word would be too strong to condemn the shocking verdict handed down to Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. Despite the nightmarish ordeal that the MIT-trained, Pakistani neuroscientist has been through over the past seven years and the spectacular mockery of justice that her trial has been, nothing could have prepared anyone for this.  Eighty-six years for a crime that she did not commit and for which no evidence exists except the spurious claims of the prosecution and white lies of US authorities. Such a sentence would be unjust even if she had killed the men she has been accused of shooting at. Interestingly, it turns out, none of the heavily armed US officials were hurt in the assault...

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Afghanistan - U.S  soldiers

US soldiers accused of killing Afghans ‘for sport’

Sept 20 2010 WASHINGTON — A group of US soldiers is facing accusations of randomly targeting and killing Afghan civilians for sport, The Washington Post reported Sunday. Citing army legal documents and interviews with people involved in the case, the newspaper said the case involved rogue members of a platoon from the 5th Stryker Combat Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. The game started last winter, when one Afghan man approached the soldiers in the village of La Mohammed Kalay, the report said. As the man neared, one soldier created a ruse that they were under attack, tossing a fragmentary grenade on the ground, the paper noted. Then others opened fire, killing the man. According to The...

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