The Beast’s best from this past week.
Ammar al-Awlaki’s Facebook page has it all: an alleged assassination attempt, Disney movie fandom, a meeting with a spy—and Awlaki’s older brother, the notorious al Qaeda recruiter.
A primer on what we know about the program—and what’s still a secret.
Mark McKinnon wrestles with the ethics of our new high-tech war machine.
The administration lacks any legal principle behind the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, says David Dow
Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric who was a major figure in al Qaeda's Yemen branch, was killed by U.S. drones on Friday. Read the latest updates. Plus, Bruce Riedel on why al Qaeda's not dead yet.
Anwar al-Awlaki inspired terrorist acts and was certainly dangerous, but President Obama must explain the goals of his drone war to the nation—and the ethical rules that guide him in targeting U.S. citizens and others abroad. For more coverage, Richard Miniter argues that not only was the killing legal—it was wise.