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Al-Awlaki's Dad Sues US

Along with mother of another American killed in drone strike

(Newser) - The families of three Americans killed in US drone strikes in Yemen are suing the government, arguing that it had no right to assassinate them without a trial. The wrongful-death suit was filed yesterday by Nasser al-Awlaki, father of Anwar al-Awlaki, and Sarah Khan, mother of Samir Khan, the BBC... More »

ACLU Wants Court to Ban Assassinations

Argues that targeting a US citizen is unconstitutional

(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,... More »

Radical Cleric's Dad Sues Over CIA Kill List

Suit challenges CIA's power to assassinate an American citizen

(Newser) - The father of Anwar al-Awlaki, the Muslim cleric linked to multiple terrorist plots , is suing the US government in an effort to get his son off the CIA’s “capture or kill” list. He’s hired the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights to challenge the CIA’s... More »

Interpreter Shortage Signals Gitmo Gridlock

Lawyers struggle to find interpreters for cascade of cases

(Newser) - Hundreds of cases filed by Guantanamo prisoners will be delayed by a shortage of qualified interpreters, reports the Washington Post. Lawyers are swamped with work since the Supreme Court ruled that terror suspects have the right to seek release in federal court—and they desperately need translators. Interpreters who can... More »

Judge Demands Speedy Trial for Gitmo Prisoners

After 7 years, it's 'time to move cases forward'

(Newser) - A federal judge coordinating 200 Guantanamo Bay cases has ordered the Justice Department to set aside all other work to give the detainees their day in court as soon as possible. "The time has come to move these forward," he ruled. A Justice Department attorney asked for eight... More »

Critics Force US to Review Terror Tribunal Findings

Hundreds of inmates cases to be reviewed

(Newser) - Facing mounting criticism of the justice system at Guantanamo Bay, US authorities will review hundreds of cases against inmates detained there. Officials have begun seeking new evidence or overlooked information because the  tribunal process which classified the inmates as enemy combatants has come under fire. The reviews could lead to... More »

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