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Glenn Greenwald, a columnist who analyzes “civil liberties and U.S. national security issues for the Guardian of London, has provided the most insightful critique of President Barack Obama’s “authority” to order the assassination of U.S. citizens associated with Al-Qaeda or some other organization. See “Chilling legal memo from Obama DOJ justifies assassination of US citizens.

Mr. Greenwald (in photo below), a former constitutional lawyer in the U.S., writing in a February 5, 2013, column opined:

The most extremist power any political leader can assert is the power to target his own citizens for execution without any charges or due process, far from any battlefield. The Obama administration has not only asserted exactly that power in theory, but has exercised it in practice. In September 2011, it killed US citizen Anwar Awlaki in a drone strike in Yemen, along with U.S. citizen Samir Khan, and then, in circumstances that are still unexplained, two weeks later killed Awlaki's 16-year-old American son Abdulrahman with a separate drone strike in Yemen.
Mr. Greenwald adds: ”Since then, senior Obama officials including Attorney General Eric Holder and John Brennan, Obama's top terrorism adviser and his current nominee to lead the CIA, have explicitly argued that the president is and should be vested with this power.”

The former Slate columnist’s analysis is lengthy but worth reading, especially if you seek a perspective contrary to that of the Obama Administration.

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‘54 Nations Collaborated in CIA’s Rendition Program’

The Open Society Foundations project known as the Open Society Justice Initiative has issued a 216-page report titled Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition.

The report asserts that “as many as 54 foreign governments reportedly participated in” U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operations against Al-Qaeda operatives and suspected Al-Qaeda collaborators in various ways during the so-called “War on Terror,” which was launched after Al-Qaeda attacked the United States on September 11, 2001.

It’s worth reading.

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Is Omar Suleiman the CIA's Man in Cairo?

Recommended: Suleiman: The CIA's man in Cairo
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Was Killing of CIA Agents in Afghanistan A Lashkar al-Zil Operation?

Syed Saleem Shahzad, Asia Times Online's Pakistan Bureau Chief, reported January 4, 2009, that, “The suicide attack on the United States Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA's) forward operating base of Chapman in the Afghan province of Khost last week was planned in the Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan.” See “US spies walked into al-Qaeda's trap,” which I highly recommend According to Mr. Shahzad:

Timage he plan was executed following several weeks of preparation by al-Qaeda's Lashkar al-Zil (Shadow Army), Asia Times Online has learned. This was after Lashkar al-Zil's intelligence outfit informed its chief commander, Ilyas Kashmiri, that the CIA planned to broaden the monitoring of the possible movement of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Mr. Shahzad said, “Once it became clear that efforts to track down al-Qaeda were being stepped up and that the base in Khost was being extensively used by the CIA, the Lashkar al-Zil (Brigade 055) moved into top gear. It is the soul of al-Qaeda, having being involved in several events since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US. Under the command of Ilyas Kashmiri, its intelligence network's coordination with its special guerrilla action force has changed the dynamics of the Afghan war theater. Instead of traditional guerrilla warfare in which the Taliban have taken most of the casualties, the brigade has resorted to special operations, the one on the CIA base being the latest and one of the most successful.

Note: Some links were added to the quotes above for the benefit of readers who may not be familiar with some of the names mentioned.

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Should Karl Rove be Worried?

Raw Story's Jason Leopold and Larisa Alexandrovna, citing "attorneys close to the investigation," reported November 28, 2005 that, "Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will present evidence to a second grand jury this week in his two year-old investigation into the outing of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson that could lead to a criminal indictment being handed up against Karl Rove, President Bush's deputy chief of staff."

If true, the hits just keep on coming for the Bush Administration. For more, please see "Testimony from Rove's former assistant may solidify case that he misled leak inquiry, lawyers say."

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The Contrast Between Lewis Libby and Judge Reggie Walton

Associated Press writer Peter Yost's widely published profile of U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton shows a man who, by his own admission, was once a gun and razor toting teenager. The judge is presiding over the case of "criminal defendant I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, who was indicted October 28, 2005 by the Federal grand jury looking into who in the Bush Administration blew the cover of CIA agent Valerie Plame by leaking her name to journalists.

She was exposed to punish her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson for exposing the administration's false claim that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The lie was used to justify invading Iraq.

According to Yost, the judge, an African-American, "grew up on the rough streets of a Pennsylvania steel town, far from his courtroom in downtown Washington where the Bush administration may be called to account in the Valerie Plame affair."

At one point in his youth, the judge was on criminal path.

"As a teenager," Yost writes, "Walton occasionally packed a gun and a straight razor and was arrested three times, he recently told an audience of young men at a juvenile detention facility outside Washington." See "Judge Comes From Rough-And-Tumble Roots."

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