Rajib Karim

Targeted Killing Timeline

A timeline!

I’ve been working on this timeline for almost nine months, trying to pull together the known dates about strikes against Americans, the evidence supporting the strike against Anwar al-Awlaki, the legal cases surrounding both targeted killing and torture, to which targeted killing is linked via the Memorandum of Notification, and Congressional efforts to exercise oversight.

September 17, 2001: George Bush signs Memorandum of Notification (henceforth, Gloves Come Off MON) authorizing a range of counterterrorism techniques, including torture and targeted killing.

September 18, 2001: Congress passes the Authorization to Use Military Force.

November 3, 2002: US citizen Kamal Derwish killed in drone purportedly targeting Abu Ali al-Harithi.

Late 2008: Ruben Shumpert reported killed in Somalia.

June 24, 2009: Leon Panetta gets briefed on assassination squad program.

June 26, 2009: HPSCI passes a funding authorization report expanding the Gang of Eight briefings.

July 8, 2009: The Administration responds with an insulting appeal to a “fundamental compact” between Congress and the President on intelligence matters.

July 8, 2009: Silvestre Reyes announces CIA lied to Congress.

October 26, 2009: British High Court first orders British government to release language on Binyam Mohamed’s treatment.

October 28, 2009: FBI kills Imam Luqman Asmeen Abdullah during Dearborn, MI arrest raid.

October 29, 2009: Hearing on declassifying mention of Gloves Come Off MON before Judge Alvin Hellerstein; in it, Hellerstein reveals NSA James Jones has submitted declaration to keep mention of MON secret.

November 5, 2009: Nidal Hasan attacks Fort Hood, killing 13.

December 24, 2009: JSOC tries but fails to hit Anwar al-Awlaki. On that day, the IC did not yet believe him to be operational.

December 25, 2009: With Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attack, FBI develops full understanding of Awlaki’s operational goals.

January 2, 2010: In conversation with David Petraeus, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh Continue reading

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bmaz @emptywheel @digby56 Actually you've been fairly quiet today. How the Blue Khaki's doing?
emptywheel @digby56 So am I. (That and shitty reporting on the dragnet.) But it's a big sports day.
emptywheel @joanneleon When debate started, O would have had to go back for Congress to treat Libya as ISIS. @EliLake
emptywheel @joanneleon When debate started, GOP didn't call it for a vote bc they would have lost on ground troops, unlimited geography. @EliLake
emptywheel @joanneleon Right. Libya. But disagree precedent set: you can limit it. @EliLake
emptywheel @joanneleon What's important of timing of call for it is this won't be a limited AUMF. It'll be Iraq War 2.0. @EliLake
emptywheel @joanneleon Not having an AUMF basically says unlimited POTUS powers are cool. @EliLake
emptywheel @joanneleon I'm supporting an AUMF that puts geographical limits, defines ISIS, rules out certain activities. @EliLake
emptywheel @joanneleon I think people on both side of issue can support AUMF (as I do). But yes, now hawks will get boots on the ground. @EliLake
emptywheel What's nutty abt the dragnet--and govt's attempt to pretend it has ended it--is all other countries dragnet with notice. Still mostly works.
emptywheel @NSlayton I'm less worried abt campaign reporting than factually incorrect reporting from beat writers. @SabrinaSiddiqui
emptywheel @SabrinaSiddiqui Perhaps you might have asked him why, if they're getting more info under USAF (as Comey testified) that was the case?
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