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U.S. Releases Justice Department Documents Justifying Killing of U.S. Citizen in Yemen

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. did not violate the constitution or other laws by killing American citizen Anwar Awlaki in Yemen without due process of law, the Justice Department argues in a previously secret memoir release by a federal court Monday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The memo was written in 2010, a year before a U.S. drone strike killed Awlaki.

The documents were released after the ACLU and New York Times sued.

The memo is unusual because it advocates killing of an American citizen without the opportunity of due process. It was written by former Obama Justice Department official David Barron

“In the present circumstances, as we understand the facts, the U.S. citizen in question has gone overseas and become part of the forces of an enemy with which the United States is engaged in an armed conflict; that person is engaged in continual planning and direction of attacks upon U.S. persons from one of the enemy’s overseas bases of operations; the U.S. government does not know precisely when such attacks will occur; and a capture operation would be infeasible,” Barron wrote.

FBI Destroyed Files It Kept on ex-New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

Arthur Ochs-Sultzberger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI kept files on former New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger but destroyed them about 10 months before his death, the New York Times reports.

Sulzberger was heading the newspaper during the publication of the Pentagon Papers, which traced the U.S.’s doomed involvement in Vietnam.

The discovery was made by John R. Bohrer, a 28-year-old writer who is working on a book about the FBI’s former director, J. Edgar Hoover.

The National Archives destroyed the records on Dec. 11, 2011 – not long after Sulzberger died on Oct. 4.

“Had the actual file been kept and disseminated, it would have drawn a lot less attention than the eye-popping news that it was destroyed,” Bohrer told the Times. “Personally I am doubtful that there was anything about the Pentagon Papers.”

U.S. Border Budget Exceeds Combined Budgets of FBI, ATF, Secret Service and ATF

Doris Meisnner
New York Times Column

Because the United States has experienced high levels of illegal immigration across the Mexican border from the early 1970s until the onset of the recession in 2008, border security and enforcement have been the dominant focus for immigration policymaking over decades, especially since 9/11. With it came deep public skepticism about the government’s will and ability to enforce immigration laws.

As Congress and the president negotiate border security as part of a broad immigration reform bill, it’s important to recognize that we already have formidable immigration enforcement machinery at work in the U.S. interior, and at the borders and beyond, because of sustained bipartisan support over successive administrations.

In a report, we note that the federal government spent nearly $18 billion in fiscal 2012 on its two main immigration enforcement agencies, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and for its primary enforcement technology, United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology. That is 24 percent more than what was spent on all other federal criminal law enforcement agencies – the F.B.I., D.E.A., Secret Service, Marshal’s Service and A.T.F. — combined. In the 26 years since the Immigration Reform and Control Act ushered in the current era of immigration control policies, the nation has spent nearly $187 billion ($219 billion in 2012 dollars) on immigration enforcement.

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