Snowden documents shed light on Shiban, Akbar, and Trojanov cases
October 1, 2013 6:22 PM Subscribe
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released by Glenn Greenwald from trove leaked by Edward Snowden show that the agency officially viewed arguments about 'due process' to be an 'adversary propaganda theme'
, listed alongside military threats to drones.“The ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights, among many other groups, made exactly the "due process" argument against the U.S. drone targeted killing program.”
“The section on 'adversary propaganda themes' includes virtually every one of the arguments most frequently made in the US against the US drone policy, including that the threat of terrorism is small when compared to other threats, that drone strikes intensify rather than curb the risk of terrorism by fueling anti-American animus, and that drones kill too many civilians.”
Greenwald released the documents to explain the U.K.'s detention under "anti-terrorism" law
of Reprieve anti-drone
activist Baraa Shiban
last week. UK official had said they detained Shiban “because of Reprieve's work investigating and criticising the efficacy of US drone strikes in [Yemen].”
On the American side, the Obama administration has repeatedly denied a visa to Shahzad Akbar, a Pakistani lawyer with Reprieve, who represents family members of victims killed by US drones in lawsuits. Reprieve observed the most recent refusal “prevented [Akbar] from speaking in congress on the CIA drone programme”
, about which House members had invited him to testify. “Before 2010 Mr Akbar travelled regularly to the US. It was not until 2011, when he began representing victims of CIA drone strikes, that Mr Akbar began having significant difficulty getting a US visa.”
On Monday, German author Ilija Trojanov
was denied travel from Brazil to a conference in Denver by U.S. authorities
, apparently due to his vocal criticism of the NSA. 'Trojanov was [a] leading figure behind an open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel .. about the NSA scandal'
, which described the NSA's mass spying in Germany as a “historic attack on our democratic, constitutional state.”
Related : Reddit AMA with Glenn Greenwald and Janine Gibson of the Guardian US.