Skip to comments.U.S. Admits for First Time Drones Killed 4 Americans
Posted on 05/22/2013 3:03:21 PM PDT by lbryce
One day before President Obama is due to deliver a major speech on national security, his administration on Wednesday formally acknowledged that the United States had killed four American citizens in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan.
In a letter to Congressional leaders obtained by The New York Times, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. disclosed that the administration had deliberately killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was killed in a drone strike in September 2011 in Yemen.
The American responsibility for Mr. Awlakis death has been widely reported, but the administration had until now refused to confirm or deny it.
The letter also said that the United States had killed three other Americans: Samir Khan, who was killed in the same strike; Mr. Awlakis son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was also killed in Yemen; and Jude Mohammed, who was killed in a strike in Pakistan.
These individuals were not specifically targeted by the United States, Mr. Holder wrote.
While rumors of Mr. Mohammeds death had appeared in local news reports in Raleigh, N.C., where he lived, his death had not been confirmed by the United States government until Wednesday.
According to former acquaintances of Mr. Mohammed in North Carolina, he appears to have been killed in a November 2011 drone strike in South Waziristan, in Pakistans tribal area. Mr. Mohammeds wife, whom he had met and married in Pakistan, subsequently called his mother in North Carolina to tell her of his death, the friends say.
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The political sinkhole has only just begun to crumble beneath the sorry as*es of those who have demonstrated the unmitigated egregious political arrogance that will soon have them a mere few inches from the drop down platform they so justifiably deserve.
It's not yet a Republican 'Christmas' but I am certain it's not very far off, with Hillary's chicken farm coming home to roost that will have schadenfreude re-defined in a wholly nearly unrecognizable way.
Well at least they didn’t get sent to Gitmo.
Wag the DOG to attempt to erase FAST&FURIOUS,
MANPADS4allTERRORISTS, IRSvswAMERICA, and ESPECIALLY
the benGhazi atrocity.
These guys are so scared they’re outing themselves just to avoid another scandal, and I don’t think it’s going to work.
I can see a scenario where a U. S. citizen could be included in a strike. If it’s a terrorist camp, why not?
As for Lefties, are they going to see it that way?.
I think the sheen is peeling off this road apple.
I hope you are right but I fear you are wrong.
Please allow me the indulgence to fantasize. :-)
A Falls Church VA cleric who previously preached in San Diego and before that, Denver.
American born to foreign parents, I bellieve they were here on a student visa but may be wrong. Anwar al Aulaqi/Awlaki is connected to the 9/11 attacks, the Toronto 18 assassinations plot, Ft Hood Massacre, Virginia Jihad, Boston Marathon bombers, Times Square Plot, the Christmas Day undybomber, the attempte assassination of the Saudi Intel chief, and a host of other plots.
I have no problems with the US targeting US citizens involved in hostile acts against the US on foreign soil.
I DO have problems with attacks on US citizens on US soil not engaged in active acts of war.
Works for me.
Now he is connected to the pointy end of a pitchfork, or to something equally appropriate as he boils in a pool of whatever was selected for his encounter with eternal justice.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
There's no excuse for secrecy that I see. If there were national security considerations, possible, I'd like to know what changed today.
That said, irrespective of how one feels about killing vs capture, if you're on the wrong side in a combat zone which Pakistan and Yemen should be if they're not officially, the President doesn't even know who we're fighting, I've no problem with this.
ever see the program prison break?
I;ts all about convicts who were set up , get out of prison and while I;m watching it it reminded me of this Govt.
DoughtyOne:” These guys are so scared theyre outing themselves just to avoid another scandal, and I dont think its going to work.”
EXACTLY :That is what they are counting on now ~ low information voters’ forgetfulness
standard Obammunist modus operandi : deflect, divert, deny , delay , delay , obfiscate , delay , blame it on others , then get indignant and state “ ..at this point , ..what difference does it make ? “.
No. I’ve heard of it but I haven’t watched it.
It is long past time to end birthright citizenship.
RE: his administration on Wednesday formally acknowledged that the United States had killed four American citizens in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan.
One of them is Al-Awlaki.. We all know that. Who are the other three? Are they Al Qaeda?
“There is a distinction between due process and judicial process,
saying they are not one and the same in terms of national security.
The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process,
~ Eric Holder 03/05/12 Chicagos Northwestern University School of Law
You are precisely correct!