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 […]

Americans Happy to Give Up 4th Amendment Rights.

Over the last week and a half American voices have made themselves heard. The loudest voices are seemingly shocked and disgusted at the level of hubris our federal government must have. For almost seven years they have been vacuuming up much of our most intimate correspondence in some misguided attempt to fight the War on Terror. While the loudest voices may be angry, polls seem to show that the majority of Americans are content with the news they’ve heard thus far – and that could be an even greater Read more […]

The War On Terror Catches & Jails $85 Debtor From 1991

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, in 1991 actually, an eighteen-year-old girl attempted to shoplift a pack of cigarettes in Florida. She got caught. She was given some non-penalty as a one-time offender but was supposed to pay $85 for “court costs.” I don’t think shoplifting is right. I’m not a fan of “court costs” over and above criminal penalties, because sometimes the cost is greater than the crime itself. (For example, the Bible would make a person who stole a pack of Read more […]