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1 A look into court cases both on a national and international scale

2 Court cases in the United States ACLU v CIA State of North Dakota v Rodney Brossart Court cases around the world Al-Aulaqi v Panetta Malik Noor Khan v Federation of Pakistan FFR v Federation of Pakistan FFR’s Application to the English High Court of Justice FFR’s Application to the UN Human Rights Council Introduction

3 Centered around an FOIA request from ACLU Submitted on Jan 13, 2010, verdict on March 15 th, 2013 Pertaining to the use of UAVs to carry out targeted killings FOIA request sought “records pertaining to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (‘UAVs’)– commonly referred to as ‘drones’…-- by the CIA and the Armed Forces for the purpose of killing targeted individuals” 1 ACLU v CIA

4 CIA’s Glomar response Declined to either confirm or deny the existence of any responsive records Glomar response is acceptable if… Admitting the existence of such records would endanger national security No public official has admitted to the existence of such records in the public domain. Argued on grounds of whether the CIA itself was involved in, or interested in such strikes. CIA Response

5 CIA admitting they have documents regarding drone strikes wouldn’t reveal whether or not the CIA was actually involved with drone strikes. It would reveal if the CIA had an intelligence interest in drone strikes. Core question: Is it “logical or plausible” for the CIA to contend that it would reveal something not already officially acknowledged regarding whether CIA does or does not have “at least an intelligence interest” in drone strikes? ACLU Argument

6 ACLU argued that public officials had admitted to the existence of such documents. The President acknowledged that the US engages in drone strikes in a speech John Brennan ( US counter terrorism advisor) said, “we draw on the full range of our intelligence capabilities” so that a better decision can be made regarding drone strikes. In 2009, Director of the CIA Leon Panetta stated that drone strikes were very effective because of their precision and minimal collateral damage. Verdict

7 By statutory definition, the CIA is part of the US’s “intelligence capabilities.” Panetta’s quantitative statement implies he had examined CIA documents. It is therefore neither logical nor plausible to say that the CIA does not have any documents relating to drones. US District Court of Appeals ruled that the CIA must admit if they have documents regarding drone strikes. Verdict (continued)

8 CIA acknowledged that it does have documents concerning targeted killings They were required to give examples… Admitted to having documents from which the President and Panetta drew their speeches from. Public already knew about these documents from the court case. The case shows that the CIA is very secretive about their involvement in drone strikes. Result and Implications

9 Overview: Drones were used to determine if Brossart was armed before law enforcement conducted the arrest raid. Case: Brossart’s lawyer argued that all criminal charges should be dismissed because of the use of UAS is a violation of Brossart’s 4 th Amendment right to privacy. State of North Dakota v Brossart 2006

10 Defendant cited Kyllo v. United States (2001), which ruled that “obtaining information by sense-enhancing technology not available to the general public will be subject to constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.” 2 UAV wasn’t used to determine if a crime had been committed. UAV was used to determine if the defendant was armed during the arrest raid. 2 Case Arguments

11 The court found the use of UAVs in conducting an arrest raid to ensure officer safety is constitutional. Kyllo v United States doesn’t apply here because the defendant was already charged. The UAV wasn’t used to find evidence with which a person could be charged, and therefore was not a violation of 4 th amendment rights. Result

12 International cases stem from two UAV attacks in Yemen and in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Northern Pakistan Three main court cases: Al-Aulaqi Family, Yemen Malik Noor Khan v. Federation for Pakistan, Pakistan FFR v Federation for Pakistan Two “applications” UN Human Rights Counsel English High Court of Justice International Cases

13 Timeline: August 30 th, 2010: Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and ACLU filed Al-Aulaqi v Obama On behalf of Nasser Al-Aulaqi challenging the government’s decision to authorize the targeted killing of US citizen Anwar Al-Aulaqi (Nasser’s son) Al-Auaqi Family

14 December 7 th, 2010: US District Court Judge Bates dismissed the suit on procedural grounds, ruling that Nasser did not have legal standing to challenge the targeting of his son “How is it that judicial approval is required when the US decides to target a US citizen overseas for electronic surveillance, but that, according to defendants, judicial scrutiny is prohibited when the US decides to target a US citizen overseas for death?” 3 Al-Auaqi Family (continued)

15 September 30 th 2011 Anwar Al-Auaqi was killed by US drone strikes. October 14 th, 2011 US drone strikes killed Anwar’s son Abdulrahman who was a US citizen. July 18 th, 2012 CCR and ACLU filed Al-Aulaqi v Panetta on behalf of Nasser Al-Aulaqi Wanted to secure some accountability from the government for killing two US citizens. Al-Auaqi Family (continued)

16 Anwar Senior member of Al-Qaeda Involved with Umar Farouk Abdulmatallab’s attempt at blowing up an airplane bound for Detroit on Christmas day 2009. May 22 nd, 2013 Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. US government targeted and killed Anwar Al-Aulaqi. Three other US citizens will killed by UAVs in the same time period and “…were not specifically targeted by the US.” Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi, Samir Khan, and Jude Kenan Mohammed. Al-Aulaqi v Panetta

17 Case is still ongoing Current Status: Department of Justice has moved to dismiss the case Argued there is no role for the judiciary in reviewing the claims because they raise “political questions” and national security concerns and that the defendants (the US government) should be immune. 3 Case Status

18 March 17 th, 2011 Almost 50 people were killed in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Waziristan, Pakistan next to the Afghanistan border. US executed the attacked with UAVs and Hellfire missiles. Based off (faulty?) intelligence stating that there was a meeting of senior Taliban members in Waziristan. Events in Pakistan

19 The meeting was a peaceful meeting of several different tribe leaders Resolving a Chromite mining dispute 5 Tribal leaders had notified the US of the meeting, saying that it was non-violent and peaceful. Meeting was bombed with Hellfire missiles fired from a UAV The Meeting (Jirga)

20 Foundation for Fundamental Rights (FFR) brought two cases against the Federation of Pakistan. One on behalf of Malik Noor Khan, suing for the death of his father in the drone strike. Other on behalf of eight people who lost family in the drone strikes. Brought cases to the UK and the UN English High Court of Justice UN Human Rights Council The Cases (July-November 2012)

21 Malik Noor Khan’s father, Malik Daud Khan was a tribal leader killed in the attack No affiliation with any terrorist organization Common practice in the FATA for people to give the CIA faulty intelligence in exchange for money and to settle tribal disputes. 5 Malik Noor seeks compensation from Pakistani government for not preventing the attacks or doing anything to retaliate. Malik Noor Khan v Federation of Pakistan

22 Public interest litigation On behalf of eight people who lost family members Wants the Pakistani government to: Assert it’s legal rights with the Security Council of the UN Make the US stop further drone strikes in the region FFR v Federation for Pakistan

23 Case went to the Peshawar High Court (PHC) Ruled on May 9 th, 2013 that US drone strikes on targets in Pakistan: Illegally breached national sovereignty Were in “blatant violation of Basic Human Rights” 6 Were in violation of Geneva Conventions PHC ordered that the Pakistani government ensure drone strikes stop. 6 Court also ordered the US to “compensate all the victims’ families in the kind of US dollars” 6 Ruled that Pakistan had the legal obligation to stop the drone program in Pakistan and had every right to retaliate and shoot down the drones. Results of FFR v Federation of Pakistan

24 Ultimately, the cases drew greater attention to the ability for 2 nd or 3 rd world countries to protect the rights of it’s people who are being killed by another country, with whom they are not at war. Results of Pakistani Cases

25 Claims: No plausible legal basis for the attacks No war between the US and Pakistan Pakistan cannot legally give consent for killing its own citizens by American drones. US has not claimed self-defense Have not reported the carrying out of drone attacks on Pakistani territory to the Security Council as required by article 51 (self defense). FFR Application to UN Human Rights Counsel

26 October 23-24, 2012: Claimed that UK intelligence officers may an accessory to murder because they shared information with the CIA that lead to the deaths in Pakistan caused by US drone strikes 7 Judicial review would mean delving into issues of national security. English High Court of Justice

27 English courts would be ruling on the legality of the CIA’s drone program. Would need to explore whether the Pakistani government gave consent Has several potentially serious diplomatic and international consequences. English High Court of Justice

28 Choose not to hear the case: If a person is going to be an accessory to murder, then murder must be illegal in that person’s country. Killing alleged terrorists is not illegal in the US, so there is no legal basis for charging UK intelligence officers with accessory to murder of terrorists. Not the job of the English court to determine if a foreigner who murders another foreigner in another sovereign nation is guilty of murder. Nothing in English law gives it’s court the power to decide what constitutes murder in another country. English High Court of Justice

29 ACLU v CIA State of North Dakota v Brossart Al-Aulaqi v Panetta Malik Noor Khan v Federation of Pakistan FFR v Federation of Pakistan Application to the UN Human Rights Counsel Application to the English High Court of Justice Summary


31 1 57B2F004DEA2A/$file/11-5320-1425559.pdf 2 theft_allegations_and_law_enforcement_use_of_domestic_drones_.html 3 Aulaqi%20v%20%20Panetta%20Factsheet.pdf 4 5 6 addresses-us-drone-attacks 7 for-drone-strikes-may-be-accessory-to-murder-court-hears/ References

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