ACLU Wants Court to Ban Assassinations
Argues that targeting a US citizen is unconstitutional
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 31, 2010 8:39 AM CDT
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.

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allisonisa39e
Nov 12, 2010 9:08 AM CST
We can depend on the ACLU to work out every way possible to do the worst thing for America. They do have their agenda and it is not to protect Americans.
passinthru
Sep 1, 2010 9:57 PM CDT
isnt he committing treason by trying to teach others to attack america? isnt that a death penalty punishable crime? i dont see the problem here...except the extremists on both sides creating conspiracies that the GOV will think of a way to come after you next...just bomb the fucker already. i hate to use words that sound so coarse but if someone wants me dead without any valid and sane reason and doesnt even know me, and ive done nothing to him that would constitute such retaliation, then i consider him a liability to me and my familys safety.
JoeQ
Aug 31, 2010 12:18 PM CDT
The whole problem with using assassination is that turnabout is fair play. If we feel free to go after their guys then they feel free to go after our guys. It's one of those bridges you don't want to cross without a very good reason. The next thing you know, somebody like a JFK is getting shot in retaliation for attempts on the life of somebody like Fidel Castro. Also it is unconstitutional to go after an American citizen no matter what. Now there's a slippery slope for you. The next thing you know, somebody like Nixon is ordering the assassination of somebody like McGovern.