In our news wrap Thursday, the U.S. launched drone strikes overnight in Pakistan after a nearly six-month lull. Thirteen suspected insurgents were killed in two separate strikes, according to Pakistani intelligence officials. Also, the contest for House majority leader was whittled down to GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas. Continue reading
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled in a Freedom of Information Act case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and two reporters for The New York Times. In 2011, they sought any documents in which Department of Justice lawyers had discussed the highly classified “targeted-killing” program.
A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against Obama administration officials for the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, including an al-Qaida cleric. Continue reading
Two human rights groups claim that U.S. drone attacks targeting terrorists have killed dozens of innocent civilians abroad, despite promises from the president to limit strikes that cause unintended casualties. Mustafa Qadri of Amnesty International, the author of one report, and retired Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap join Gwen Ifill. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, new revelations from documents leaked by Edward Snowden show the CIA relies heavily on the NSA’s ability to gather data to track down terrorists and carry out drone strikes abroad. Also, President Obama plans to nominate former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Continue reading
The Pakistani government declared a national holiday to honor the Prophet Muhammad and encourage peaceful protest. But violence quickly escalated, the brunt fueled by anti-American sentiment over continued U.S. drone strikes and an anti-Islam film that defamed the Muslim prophet. So far at least 17 have died. Jeff Brown reports. Continue reading
Al-Qaida claimed responsibility on Thursday for last month’s attack on a base in Khost, Afghanistan, that killed seven CIA agents. According to Islamist Web sites, the attack was “revenge” for U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan. Continue reading