Murder Made In America: We've Got A Law With Your Name On It...
The New York Times is reporting: "A federal appeals court in New York on Monday made public a redacted version of a 2010 Justice Department memo that signed off on the targeted killing of an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, without a trial, following Freedom of Information Act lawsuits." The memo was written months after the killing of Awlaki.
MARCY WHEELER, (734) 332-1652, firstname.lastname@example.org, @emptywheel
Wheeler is an independent investigative journalist who covers national security and civil liberties. She writes for various outlets including her emptywheel.net blog. She just wrote the piece "Working Thread: The Awlaki Memo" and is tweeting critical information about the memo. [PDF]
And Wednesday's guest - wait for it - is Janet Phelan, 'Exile' Extraordinaire
The Inspector General for the United States Department of Justice has declined to investigate false and misleading statements made by a DOJ employee concerning domestic legislation which appears to violate an international bioweapons treaty.
In a recent unsigned letter, issued on DOJ stationary, the IG's office refused to look into written statements made by Dean Boyd, Press officer for the DOJ, wherein he made an incorrect legal citation when asked to comment on the perception that Section 817 (The Expansion of the Biological Weapons Statute) of the U.S. Patriot Act violates the International Bioweapons Convention (BWC). The BWC was signed by the U.S. in 1972 . Boyd was specifically asked to comment on 817, but denied the violation, instead referring this reporter to the law which 817 amended, which is 18 USC Section 175. When his error was pointed out, he shut down all communications with this reporter, writing: “We have nothing further for you.” We are going to talk to one of the reporters involved in the story. Welcome back to the KBOO air waves Janet Phelan.
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