The Public Authority Exception and the “War” on Terror

In 2010, Anwar al-Awlaki, an apparent member of Al-Qaida, was killed by an authorized drone strike in Yemen. Another man, Samir Khan, also died in that drone strike, though he had not been targeted. This particular drone strike caused quite an uproar in the legal community. Because both of the men killed were actually US citizens. Weren’t they entitled to a trial? But a federal court of appeals signed off on the killings, so apparently the Department of Justice was satisfied that al-Awlaki needed Read more […]