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Bobby Kelly
Law and Society
2/7/2013

Law in the News

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For the first Law in the News it seemed fitting to jump right in so to speak. On September 30th, 2011 Anwar al-Aulaqi was killed by an airstrike from a drone. A drone is an unmanned plane of sorts that is capable of firing missiles at targets with pin point accuracy. Having airstrikes like these has become a somewhat common occurrence in President Obama’s and his predisesor George Bush’s presidencies. Obama’s administration alone has killed hundreds and even of civilians with these strikes which I think is worth it personally. However the controversy over this specific killing was that Anwar al-Aulaqui was born in the United States of America. -------------------------------------------------

The Obama Administraion very recently realesed a memo that adresses not just Anwar al-Aulaqi’s death but the killing of any American Citizens thought to be terrorists. This memo roughly says that “according to the Justice Department, the U.S. can kill a citizen who is continually planning attacks" for al Qaeda when an informed, high-ranking official decides that the target "poses an imminent threat" and capture is infeasible.”(WSJ) Attorney General Eric Holder specifically endorsed the constitutionality of targeted killings of Americans, saying, “they could be justified if government officials determine the target poses  “an imminent threat of violent attack.””(nbc news) -------------------------------------------------

The Obama administration says that it knows that if these cases go to court that the judges will overwhelmingnly side with them. Also that judges should not be the ones deciding if specific targets should be fired upon or not. That the discretion should be left to those calling the shots in the admninistration. -------------------------------------------------

To counter these arguments the oopposition has raised the point that when the...
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