Radical Cleric's Dad Sues Over CIA Kill List

Suit challenges CIA's power to assassinate an American citizen
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2010 11:37 AM CDT
Radical Cleric's Dad Sues Over CIA Kill List
This 2008 file photo by Muhammad ud-Deen shows Imam Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen.   (AP Photo/Muhammad ud-Deen, File)

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 right to use lethal force outside a war zone. But the suit hasn’t progressed because Awlaki is on the Specially Designated Global Terrorists list, meaning Americans are barred from doing any business with him, even providing legal representation, NPR reports.

The ACLU and CCR filed a motion this morning challenging the Treasury’s ability to deprive a US citizen of his right to counsel—Awlaki currently operates out of Yemen but was born in New Mexico. The radical cleric has been linked to the attempted Christmas Day plane bombing, the Times Square bomb scare, and the Fort Hood shootings. (Read more Anwar al-Awlaki stories.)

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