On March 9, The New York Times published an article detailing the inside story of the CIA investigation and eventual assassination of muslim cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. The authors Mark Mazzetti, Charlie Savage, and Scott Shane write, “For what was apparently the first time since the Civil War, the United States government had carried out the deliberate killing of an American citizen as a wartime enemy and without a trial.” Collaborating with the officials responsible for Awlaki’s death, the authors provide the American people and the world with a legal justification for the controversial killing.

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