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August 12, 2013
Amid all the talk of closed embassies and evacuation of U.S. citizens and employees from around the Middle East and North Africa, there's been only the faintest news coverage of the barrage of U.S....
June 06, 2013
This is a cross post from The Huffington Post. The CIA didn't know who it was killing about 25 percent of the time it targeted suspects with drones, NBC News reports. Still, the government...
May 22, 2013
Washington, D.C. — In response to Attorney General Eric Holder’s release of a letter to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) concerning lethal targeting of four American citizens, including Anwar al-Alawki,...
April 23, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First commends the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights for convening today’s hearing, “Drone Wars: The...
April 22, 2013
This is a crosspost from The Huffington Post. On Tuesday afternoon, Senator Dick Durbin will chair a long-awaited Congressional hearing on the Obama drone war. Although we've heard...
April 17, 2013
Washington, D.C. – The House Judiciary Committee today postponed a vote on whether to subpoena the Department of Justice for the Office of Legal Counsel memoranda on targeted killing after the...
March 22, 2013
Gabor Rona discussed targeted killings on a panel of national security and international humanitarian law experts at the Vermont School of Law. The panel is part of a day-long conference on March 22...

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Testimony | May 20, 2014
Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations May 21, 2014 Download SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Human Rights First welcomes the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s attention to the...
Factsheet | May 06, 2014
MYTH:  A widely dispersed and decentralized al Qaeda is more threatening to the United States now than it was after 9/11. FACT:   The nature of the threat presented by al Qaeda and...
Factsheet | May 06, 2014
What is an Authorization for the Use of Military Force? An Authorization for the Use of Military Force (“AUMF”) is the primary vehicle by which Congress has, in recent history, authorized the...
Letter | December 02, 2013
Human Rights First and a coalition of eight additional national organizations are pressing President Obama to provide more information about the U.S. drone war, particularly outside of Afghanistan....