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Debating a Court to Vet Drone Strikes

Posted By admin On February 9, 2013 @ 6:48 am In Featured Stories,World News | Comments Disabled

SCOTT SHANE
NY Times [1]
February 8, 2013

WASHINGTON — Since 1978, a secret court in Washington has approved national security eavesdropping on American soil — operations that for decades had been conducted based on presidential authority alone.

Now, in response to broad dissatisfaction with the hidden bureaucracy directing lethal drone strikes, there is an interest in applying the model of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [2] court — created by Congress so that surveillance had to be justified to a federal judge — to the targeted killing of suspected terrorists, or at least of American suspects.

“We’ve gone from people scoffing at this to it becoming a fit subject for polite conversation,” said Robert M. Chesney, a law professor at the University of Texas. He said court approval for adding names to a counterterrorism kill list — at least for American citizens abroad — “is no longer beyond the realm of political possibility.”

A drone court would face constitutional, political and practical obstacles, and might well prove unworkable, according to several legal scholars and terrorism experts. But with the war in Afghanistan winding down, Al Qaeda fragmenting into hard-to-read offshoots and the 2001 terrorist attacks receding into the past, they said, it is time to consider how to forge a new, trustworthy and transparent system to govern lethal counterterrorism operations.

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[1] NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/09/world/a-court-to-vet-kill-lists.html?hp&_r=0

[2] Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/f/foreign_intelligence_surveillance_act_fisa/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier

[3] CIA drone strikes will get pass in counterterrorism ‘playbook,’ officials say: http://www.prisonplanet.com/cia-drone-strikes-will-get-pass-in-counterterrorism-%e2%80%98playbook%e2%80%99-officials-say.html

[4] Gallup poll: Majority opposes drone strikes against U.S. citizens: http://www.prisonplanet.com/gallup-poll-majority-opposes-drone-strikes-against-u-s-citizens.html

[5] Court Upholds Domestic Drone Use in Arrest of American Citizen: http://www.prisonplanet.com/court-upholds-domestic-drone-use-in-arrest-of-american-citizen.html

[6] US Congressmen demand justification for drone strikes: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-congressmen-demand-justification-for-drone-strikes.html

[7] U.S. increases Yemen drone strikes: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-increases-yemen-drone-strikes.html

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