1. Confession

    U.S. Acknowledges Drone Killings

    Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's top law enforcement official, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, before the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte,R-Va., wants to know more about the unwarranted targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department's secret seizure of telephone records at The Associated Press.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    The first formal acknowledgement that the U.S. ordered the killing of an American in a drone strike was made Wednesday, just one day before President Obama’s anticipated speech on national security. Attorney General Eric Holder revealed in a letter to congressional leaders that four Americans were killed in drone attacks, including Anwar al-Awlaki. The 2011 death of al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim imam, was widely reported by the media as the responsibility of the U.S., but this is the first time that the administration formally acknowledged that he was deliberately killed. The other three Americans “were not specifically targeted,” Holder says.

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