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Leftist critics of the administration policy say targeting Awlaki for death is simply "extra-judicial killing" -- execution without the involvement of a court.
Supporters of the policy say such critics have plumbed new depths of absurdity. Since when, they ask, have governments needed a court's permission to kill enemies during wartime, especially when that enemy is actively trying to kill a nation's citizens?
Government lawyers argue the case should be dismissed, saying the father has no legal right to file the suit when Awlaki could do so himself -- even though he is a fugitive in Yemen who says he doesn't recognize the authority of U.S. courts.
U.S. District Judge John Bates, appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2001, seemed to have the same doubts about the grounds for the suit, ABC said.
"Why can't Anwar al-Awlaki simply emerge from hiding," he asked, "and have full access to the courts?"
Government lawyer Douglas Letter told Bates if Awlaki surrendered it would resolve the case.
A law professor at Rutgers but of Algerian descent, Bennoune said: "I support the important work the center has done on torture and extraordinary rendition, but I expressed grave concern at CCR offering to represent Awlaki's interests pro bono. Anwar al-Awlaki is not a detainee; he is still at liberty and able to gravely harm others by inciting and advocating murder."
The world is a better place without him out there somewhere, stealing my oxygen.
I mean.. Let's say some one is attacking the one you love most. You can stop them from hurting that person... Are you going to stop them or are you going to wait for a judge to walk by?
Originally posted by monkcaw
Yes, Fooks, even Awlaki deserves a defense, otherwise, things tend to get a little one sided. Especially when the mighty US Government sets it sights upon a single person.
Originally posted by FOXMULDER147
This is ridiculous.
The President kills yet another Al-Qaeda scumbag and you call for his impeachment?!
Al-Qaeda are at war with the U.S. FACT
Whether this man was an "American" citizen or not, he was Al-Qaeda FACT
The President was doing his JOB, and personally I like the fact he doesn't worry about a technicality.