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Obama invokes ‘state secrets’ claim to dismiss suit against targeting of U.S. citizen al-Aulaqi
Posted By admin On September 25, 2010 @ 4:43 am In Featured Stories,U.S. News | Comments Disabled
Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post 
Sept 25, 2010
The Obama administration urged a federal judge early Saturday to dismiss a lawsuit over its targeting of a U.S. citizen for killing overseas , saying that the case would reveal state secrets.
The U.S.-born citizen, Anwar al-Aulaqi , is a cleric now believed to be in Yemen. Federal authorities allege that he is leading a branch of al-Qaeda there.
Government lawyers called the state-secrets argument a last resort to toss out the case, and it seems likely to revive a debate over the reach of a president’s powers in the global war against al-Qaeda .
Civil liberties groups sued the U.S. government on behalf of Aulaqi’s father, arguing that the CIA and the Joint Special Operations Command’s placement of Aulaqi on a capture-or-kill list of suspected terrorists – outside a war zone and absent an imminent threat – amounted to an extrajudicial execution order against a U.S. citizen. They asked a U.S. district court in Washington to block the targeting.
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 Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/25/AR2010092500560.html?hpid%3Dtopnews&sub=AR
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 Anwar al-Aulaqi: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/15/AR2009111503160.html
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