ACLU Wants Court to Ban Assassinations Argues that targeting a US citizen is unconstitutional By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Aug 31, 2010 8:39 AM CDT 16 comments Comments This Oct. 2008 file photo by Muhammad ud-Deen shows Imam Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. (AP Photo/Muhammad ud-Deen, File) (Newser) – The ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights have made a bold move in their quest to get Anwar al-Awlaki off the CIA's "capture or kill" list. The rights groups filed a lawsuit yesterday asking a federal court to declare all assassinations unconstitutional, unless the target poses an imminent, specific danger, the AP reports. A lawyer for the government said the killings were in line with the laws of war. "This administration is using every legal measure available to defeat al-Qaeda, and we will continue to do so as long as its forces pose a threat to this nation," he said.