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    Critics question whether the government can order the assassination of a US citizen without first affording him any form of judicial process, based entirely on the government’s assertion that he is a dangerous member of a terrorist organization. They also question how it is that the government is required to obtain court approval before conducting electronic surveillance of an American citizen overseas, yet judicial oversight is inappropriate when the government identifies that same citizen for targeted killing
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    Judge Bates did not confront those central questions in his dismissal order, throwing the case out on procedural grounds. But he acknowledged that questions remain.<Nasser al-Awlaki’s lawsuit was being litigated by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union.

    “If the court’s ruling is correct, the government has the unreviewable authority to carry out the targeted killing of any American, anywhere, whom the president deems to be a threat to the nation,” Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the ACLU, said in a written statement. “It would be difficult to conceive of a proposition more inconsistent with the Constitution or more dangerous to American liberty.”

    But what about these picky little words I highlight in the following from that link...

    Awlaki is a militant Muslim cleric who US officials say is an operational member of the Islamic terror group Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula. He was born in the US of Yemeni parents and attended Colorado State University and San Diego State University.
    He is suspected of assisting in the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a commercial jetliner near Detroit. He is also considered an effective recruiting asset for Al Qaeda among Muslims in the US.

    without the ants the rainforest dies

    by aliasalias on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 09:53:43 PM PDT

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    •  That is the case for every other target. (0+ / 0-)

      Under the constitution, there is no role for the courts to play in overseas military operations.  None.

      "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

      by Geekesque on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 06:31:59 AM PDT

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