Holder: Drone strikes have killed 4 Americans since 2009
May 22nd, 2013
04:56 PM ET
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Holder: Drone strikes have killed 4 Americans since 2009

Washington (CNN) - Counterterrorism drone strikes have killed four Americans overseas since 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledged on Wednesday.

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, Holder said the United States specifically targeted and killed one U.S. citizen, al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, and knew about three other Americans who had been killed in counter-terror drone strikes.

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  1. Gurgyl

    Get the ratio as to the number of Pakistanis to Americans. No need to worry. Every thing is fair in love and war.

    May 22, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Don't worry I'm sure all democrats approve of his actions.

    May 22, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Don't worry I'm sure all democrats approve of his actions."

    Don't worry, this is very old news, but you'll be allowed to pretend this is all brand new and nobody knew about it as you throw a big hissy and call for hearings, because the MSM would like nothing more than more hearings.

    May 22, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Borderless

    Using drones to kill American citizens. Maintaining GITMO. Spying on and intimidating the press. Using the IRS to undermine the efforts of his political opponents. Using INS to pad his voter base with immigrants from Mexico. Lying to the American people for his own political gain.

    Are there any real liberals out there that can say how Obama is any different than any third world tyrant?

    May 22, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Using drones to kill American citizens."

    Want to tell us what the other 3 people were doing that they were so close to known terrorist leaders that they became collateral damage in a drone strike?

    "Maintaining GITMO."

    Thank Congress for preventing that, not Obama.

    "Spying on and intimidating the press."

    It was entirely legal and done pursuant to statutes and a search warrant granted by a federal judge. Neither Rosen nor AP has changed their behavior or ceased going about their lives as if nothing happened...other than perhaps becoming slightly more biased against Obama. They haven't been indicted or prosecuted and no action towards them or their employees/staff have been taken whatsoever. They're not intimidated at all. There's a difference between being intimidated and being angry and afraid that you might actually resort to having to do some journalism because the gov't finally decided to crack down on people who leak classified national security information.

    "Using the IRS to undermine the efforts of his political opponents."

    There's ZERO evidence that Obama had anything whatsoever to do with it. None. SO far the only evidence is that it was low level employees using a terribly articulated and conceived shortcut to do their jobs.

    "Using INS to pad his voter base with immigrants from Mexico."

    More troops and tech on our border than ever in our history. Records set every single year for number of deportations. Net illegal immigration reduced to ZERO. The only thing done that you could possibly be relying on was to prioritize cases involving illegal immigrants convicted or accused of dangerous/violent crime over those who are merely here illegally, because it's more important to oust the felons than the otherwise harmless ones..

    "Lying to the American people for his own political gain."

    Derpa derp you ran out of specific accusations and really really wanted one more.

    May 22, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    The whole country will back the killing of this human garbage and American traitors . Get our the cleavers and more maverick missles. I have a suggestion , strap on a belt and go home to your worthless families and detenate and do the world a favor and eat some pork like your fake fathers . Trash . The more of you human garbage that die ,the better, this is a war you will lose .

    May 22, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Are there any real liberals out there that can say how Obama is any different than any third world tyrant?"

    You'd be dead.

    May 22, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Democrats only have themselves to hate for all these scandals. Anyd there's so many of them.

    May 22, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Borderless

    "You'd be dead."

    I get that one serial poster on here is so far gone they will find a way to justify any illegal, immoral or unethical actions taken by this administration. I should have made clear when I asked my question that it was only intended for sane people to answer.

    May 22, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. don in albuquerque

    @liberal sense---Still don't you find it a little toooooooooo convenient that the Repubs keep finding these "scandals" that so far have turned up nothing? Kind of like the Whitewater investigation–again nothing after spending millions. I don't hate anybody (exwife excepting), but I sure do question the intelligence of your and alot of other peoples post who keep spouting things that they have no way of knowing about. And shrieking like little girls "He Lied", but they cannot say exactly what he lied about or prove it. So here it is. Put up or shut up. All the Benghazi hearing, all the IRS hearings are going nowhere. Prove it, or let it go.

    May 22, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  11. Wake up People!

    If you are sympathizing with terrorists, you should be shot. Especially in war torn countries.

    Fox-lite is going overboard with their anti Obama rhetoric this week.... Is this payback for Willard having his behind handed to him on one of his silver platters back in November??

    May 22, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. Donna

    Obama, or any other President, as judge, jury and executioner? No flippin' way!

    American citizens are entitled to due process of law under our Constitution, which we used to follow prior to Obama taking office. Try them, in abscentia if required. Allow the government to present their evidence to a judge and jury with the defendant having an attorney. If found guilty, the jury would sentence them to death by drone.

    Are these the same people that wanted to bring the GITMO foreigners to NYC for a trial by jury, and yet say American citizens are not allowed to have one? DANGEROUS PEOPLE!!

    May 22, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. don in albuquerque

    @Borderless–"Sane People"????? Bwhahaha! You got nothing, and continue to have nothing.

    May 22, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. PJ

    @Borderless:

    So you are not a Rand Paul fan? He said its okay to use a drone to kill a robber, who is running out of a store, with
    $50.00. This robber would be on American soil, but that's okay with you? And just let the four who denounced
    their citizenship run rampant in foreign countries plotting to destroy America?
    Good thinking .........

    May 22, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. Donna

    Sniffit
    "Are there any real liberals out there that can say how Obama is any different than any third world tyrant?"
    You'd be dead.
    ====

    Funny you should bring that up in a story discussing the targeted killing of American citizens by this government.

    May 22, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. Sorry, you are wrong again

    Sniffit
    "Are there any real liberals out there that can say how Obama is any different than any third world tyrant?"
    You'd be dead.
    --

    US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Ambassador Christpher Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty are all dead because of Obama and his adminstration.

    You are going to have to come up with something else.

    May 22, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    ""You'd be dead."

    I get that one serial poster on here is so far gone they will find a way to justify any illegal, immoral or unethical actions taken by this administration. I should have made clear when I asked my question that it was only intended for sane people to answer."

    What's hard to understand about what I said? People who are what you pretend Obama is wouldn't tolerate any of what Obama has put up with. Not even close. From the birthers to the people weaving a new conspiracy theory every day and putting it all over the internet and airwaves, etc. Not a single so-called journalist has been arrested or put in jail....can't say the same for Bush though. You want to run around with your hair on fire screaming that Obama's a tyrant. Well, if he is, he's the kindest, gentlest and most unsuccessfully tyrannical tyrant the world has ever known.

    Your hysterical hyperbole is absurd and we've heard it all before whenever a Dem is POTUS and you guys turn up the "time for revolution" rhetoric...and your resort to ad hominem is pathetic and proves you have no real substantive defense of your freakout.

    May 22, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Tony

    Borderless, act like a sane person and make a point-by-point defense of your attacks on Obama. Republicans think it is enough that they think Obama must have done something, and they make accusations without evidence that will stand up in court. Just because you think something must have happened does not make it so.

    May 22, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. SwingState

    You make it seem like this Pres is some dictator or tyrant. If he was then we'd be in a similar state as Syria. But that's not the case.

    May 22, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  20. Evergreen

    As our former president liked to point out, we are fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them here.

    May 22, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Evergreen

    I would not have shed a tear if the Boston bombers had been droned instead of shot.

    May 22, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. Borderless and NO Brain

    Good grief why not.

    May 22, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. Data Driven

    @Borderless,

    "illegal, immoral or unethical actions taken by this administration"

    As a liberal, I totally agree with you! I'm so liberal that I actually believe that we should not be dropping bombs on anyone without a formal Declaration of War by Congrees. Well, me, some other lefty-liberals, and certain paleoconservatives like Pat Buchanan, who was the ONLY conservative voice I heard condemning Bush's use of drones. Obama did not invent the drone, let us all remember.

    I bashed Bush for the droning, and I've bashed Obama for the droning. However, unless you were one of those paleoconservatives, I don't think you have the right to bash Obama for doing what the previous guy did. It's just partisan and rather silly. It goes toward credibility. You talk about illegal, immoral or unethical actions ... did you raise your voice in anger at the actions in Abu Ghraib, sanctioned at the highest levels as we now know FOR A FACT? Did you raise your voice in anger at Bush for HIS droning of innocents along with the guilty?

    Where have all these new peacenik conservatives COME from, anyway? When a Democratic president is dropping the bombs, suddenly we must pause for ethical reflections, eh? I'm not buying it, I'm sorry. If you actively resisted the "war on terra", I stand corrected. I just find the sudden emergence of "groovy" conservatives to be rather too convenient, given the current occupant of the White House.

    May 22, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. g

    republicans would rather spend billions and 10 yrs looking for these guys and bring them home then execute them -drone done no more threat

    May 22, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Maybe the gop will hold hearings and assa will stick up for the rights of alcada ?????

    May 22, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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