Drones and Targeting
For those who follow these topics, two items of note. First, an AP story today reports that the United States is building a secret CIA air base in the Persian Gulf region to support U.S. targeting operations in Yemen. The story is sourced to anonymous government officials, and reports that “U.S. forces have stepped up their targeting as well, because of the besieged Yemeni government’s new willingness to allow U.S. forces to use all tools available — from armed drones to war planes — against al-Qaida as a way to stay in power, the U.S. officials said.” Coupled with the debate this week in the Senate about whether to sign off on a bill giving the President wider authority to use force against Al Qaeda and associated groups (more on which here, here, and here), this is significant news. I’m surprised not to have seen it picked up more yet.
Second, and certainly timely, the Cato Institute has a set of essays up by John Dehn and others looking at the legality of targeted killing. The lead essay by Ryan Alford focuses on Anglo-American constitutional principles against the killing of a citizen or subject without judicial authorization. Check them out here.