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Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. The group he founded, 350.org, has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. The Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country’s most important environmentalist."
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Posted March 14, 2012
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.
In response to the killing of three American citizens by U.S. drones, the American Civil Liberties Union submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the CIA, Department of Defense, and Department of Justice seeking information about the targeted killing program. When the Obama administration refused to confirm or deny the existence of the program, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on Feb. 1, demanding that the government release legal memos, provide the evidentiary basis for the decision to kill the three U.S. citizens, including the process by which the administration adds Americans to secret government “kill lists.”
Although the government maintains that the targeted killing program is a national security secret that cannot be publicly acknowledged, many U.S. officials, including President Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Attorney General Erid Holder have confirmed its existence in speeches and press interviews. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Nathan Wessler, national security fellow with the ACLU’s National Security Project, who explains why his group is challenging the legality of the government assassination program that appears to have no oversight or judicial review.
Find more information about the ACLU’s challenge to the government’s targeted killing program at www.aclu.org.