Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / 2012 Brendan Smialowski This drone was placed in front of the US White House for a protest.
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Families of Americans killed by drones file suit Washington Post - 3 hours ago as of 1:40 EST Wed: The families of three Americans killed in drone strikes in Yemen last year file a lawsuit against the CIA and U.S. military. by Greg Miller READ article
Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in federal court, Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta. The suit sues senior CIA and military officials, and argues that the killings of three American citizens by their own government in drone strikes in Yemen last year violate the U.S. Constitution and international law. On September 30, 2011, U.S. drone strikes killed Anwar Al-Aulaqi, who had been placed on government “kill lists” over a year before, along with Samir Khan. Two weeks later, on October 14, U.S. drone strikes killed Anwar Al-Aulaqi’s son, 16-year-old Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi, as he was eating dinner with his teenage cousin at an open-air restaurant.
Our suit seeks accountability for those killed. It seeks some modicum of justice for Abdulrahman, the boy whose family could not give a proper burial because he was blown to pieces by a U.S. missile, and who the United States never alleged committed any harm. Our suit seeks to ensure that there are no more Abdulrahmans in the future, that no more individuals are needlessly killed in dangerously expanding covert U.S. wars that must end.
Our suit also challenges the government’s claimed power to target and kill individuals, including U.S. citizens, without due process and far from any field of armed conflict. It challenges the Executive Branch’s unconstitutional and dangerous assumption of the role of judge, jury and executioner.
Under the Obama administration, U.S. targeted killings have escalated and expanded. Strikes have been carried out in Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan and the Philippines. Thousands of people have been killed, including many hundreds of civilians. A single strike in Yemen on December 17, 2009, killed 41 civilians, including 21 children, and led to popular protest. In Pakistan alone, the Obama administration has already reportedly launched six times as many strikes as the Bush administration, in fewer years in office.
Please support our work by writing the White House and demanding that President Obama end unlawful targeted killings.
For more information, visit CCR’s Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta case page, along with the page for our earlier, related case, Al-Aulaqi v. Obama. Watch our video about 16-year-old Abdulrahman. Tune in to NPR's All Things Considered today at 4-6PM EST to listen to an interview with CCR's Senior Staff Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei about the case...
Thank you for your continued support.
Annette Warren Dickerson
Director of Education and Outreach
Be sure to look up Code Pink, World Can't Wait, Center for Nonviolent Communication and Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com for more information on the work of US peace activists in respect to the use of drones.