Last week Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky conducted a filibuster opposing the President's nomination of John O. Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. Senator Paul feared that once at the C.I.A., Mr. Brennan might authorize unmanned drone strikes against American citizens, on United States soil, without trial. In the end, Senator Rand stopped speaking, and Mr. Brennan was confirmed. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/06/rand-paul-does-not-go-quietly-into-the-night/
The use of unmanned drones to kill American citizens without trial raises, however, important legal questions, even when they are on foreign soil. The New York Times has published a riveting account of how the government considered the legal issues and then hunted and killed a U.S. citizen in Yemen, Anwar-al-Awlaki, who had beyond any doubt incited other Muslims to commit violent acts against the United States. Unfortunately collateral killing of American citizens who had not been targeted also resulted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/world/middleeast/anwar-al-awlaki-a-us-citizen-in-americas-cross-hairs.html?smid=pl-share&_r=0
I commend this story to you, along with consideration of the questions Senator Rand raised.
Monday Morning Map:
"The best way to assure your future is to make it happen."
- Abraham Lincoln
From Bar Write Blog's sponsor:
SCORING HIGH ON BAR EXAM ESSAYS . This book "may be the best money you can spend on bar exam preparation." -- The St. John's Law School Forum. PERFORM YOUR BEST ON THE BAR EXAM PERFORMANCE TEST (MPT): TRAIN TO FINISH THE MPT IN 90 MINUTES "LIKE A SPORT(TM). A Study Guide for All Bar Exam Performance Tests, and for Law Students and Practitioners, to Develop Strong Organizational Habits "Like a Sport" and Produce More Efficient Work Products. BARWRITE® TEN-DAY COACHING GROUP helps you pole-vault the bar. "My MBE went from a 126 to a 149!" - Gemma Waananen Kenney (Member, New York and New Jersey Bars). BARWRITE® THREE-DAY NEW YORK ESSAY AND ONE-DAY MPT BOOT CAMPS boost bar scores. "Dr. Gallagher takes the mass of information studied and teaches her students how to apply it effectively in essays." Christina Valentine, Australian solicitor (Member, New York Bar). Read the announcement here about those new BarWrite Three-Day New York Essay Boot Camps.