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In a victory for the Obama administration, a federal judge threw out a lawsuit today challenging the governments' authority to assassinate Anwar Al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen hiding in Yemen.
Awlaki is a member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). He has been linked to the attempted bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas day 2009, the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas by Army Maj. Nidal Hasan and the recent seizure of bomb-making materials in the cargo of two planes.
WASHINGTON — A judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit aimed at preventing the United States from targeting anti-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki for death, but questioned whether a president or his aides can unilaterally order a U.S. citizen assassinated for terrorist activity.
U.S. District Judge John Bates said in an 83-page opinion that he does not have the authority to review the president's military decisions and al-Awlaki's father does not have the legal right to sue to stop the United States from killing his son. But Bates also said the "unique and extraordinary case" raised vital considerations of national security and for military and foreign affairs.
Among the "stark and perplexing questions" Bates said the case raises is why courts have authority to approve surveillance of Americans overseas but not their killing. And he questioned whether the president or his advisers can order the assassination of a U.S. citizen without "any form of judicial process whatsoever, based on the mere assertion that he is a dangerous member of a terrorist organization."
Originally posted by Vitchilo
I hope the militias have added his name to the traitors.
Because he's one. A traitor to the constitution.
In the new video, Mr. Awlaki appears at a desk wearing traditional Yemeni garb, including a ceremonial dagger, and says no special clerical ruling is required to kill Americans. “Don’t consult with anyone in fighting the Americans; fighting the devil doesn’t require consultation or prayers or seeking divine guidance,” Mr. Awlaki said.
Also in the video, Mr. Awlaki inveighs against Arab leaders who cooperate with the West, and he calls on religious scholars to declare such leaders infidels, making them legitimate targets for assassination. “Kings, emirs and presidents are now not qualified to lead the nation, or even a flock of sheep,” he said. “If the leaders are corrupt, the religious scholars have the responsibility to lead the nation.”
Originally posted by VeniVidi
Does this mean that any US Citizen could be subject to assassination? Any Lawyers out there who could interpret this?