ACLU sides with al-Qaeda and terrorists

| Wednesday, November 10, 2010 | |
by Warren Richey

A federal judge is set to hear arguments on Monday in a lawsuit challenging an alleged secret Obama administration plan to use lethal force against an American-born Islamic cleric hiding in Yemen.

The cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, is a leader of the Yemen-based group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He has facilitated training camps in Yemen, encouraged new recruits, and helped prepare Umar Abdulmutallab in his attempt to blow up an airliner near Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, government lawyers say.

In July, US authorities listed Mr. Awlaki as a “specially designated global terrorist.” According to press reports, he is on a US government “kill list.”

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Awlaki’s father by the American Civil Liberties Union, challenges the government’s authority to carry out the intentional killing.



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