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View Diary: Was Al-Awlaki A Citizen When He Was Killed? (130 comments)

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  •  He very likely was a citizen. (7+ / 0-)

    I have my doubts about whether or not Al Qaeda qualifies as "the armed services of a foreign country."

    And in any case, we need greater transparency around the use of drones whether or not he was a citizen, so the question isn't really relevant.

    •  The 2001 AUMF certainly encompasses anyone (4+ / 0-)

      who supports al-Qaeda.

    •  It's not so clear (1+ / 0-)
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      from the info on the State Department website whether or not Al-Awlaki had lost his citizenship.  It depends on the exact language of the statute and any court decisions interpreting it.  However, it seems clear from the website statement that the State Dept. can IMPUTE an intention to renounce citizenship by a person's actions.  The question is whether the law says that can ONLY be done when someone joins a hostile foreign military or if other, similar acts can also be interpreted as intent to renounce.  

      Al-Qaeda is not the armed services of another country, but it is a foreign paramilitary organization that has declared its hostility to the U.S. and it has engaged in belligerent acts against us.  Al-Awlaki occupied a tactical leadership position in Al-Qaeda, which is similar to becoming an officer in a foreign military.  So, depending on the exact state of the law, one can reasonably impute Al-Awlaki's intention to renounce his citizenship by his actions.    

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