September 25th, 2010
01:16 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama administration seeks to dismiss al-Awlaki lawsuit

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration has invoked the state secret privilege in seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of the father of Yemeni-American cleric and militant Anwar al-Awlaki, which sought to prevent the U.S. government from trying to target him for assassination.

The government contended in a court filing that was submitted early Saturday morning that the case "would require the disclosure of highly sensitive national security information concerning alleged military and intelligence actions overseas."


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  1. angry liberal

    Obama is trying to cover up the US assassination plans. And he got the Peace Prize.
    I just wanted to put those two thoughts together for the stupid people.

    September 25, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. dominickspez

    just curious was it Obama or Hillary or the Obamamaniacs that wanted to charge George Bush with high crimes for using the state secrets clause? Oh yeah it was all three–but now that they are doing the same thing–should Pelosi charge Obama? just curious–NUFF SAID

    September 25, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Kenneth

    The can always get the info from wikileaks.

    September 25, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    The American policy of targeted assassination is a hoary old problem frequently discussed by MI6 in the UK and Even Churchill during WWII ( NOT WWI which is interesting). The conclusion of multiple meetings was that retaliation by the opposition and or the bad effects on local supporters of any specific individual were more likely to enhance support of the deceased and His/her ideals and in the end be therefore self defeating.
    As so called supporters of Human rights the US when such actions are invariably carried out by drones and the collateral civilian damage incurred the whole policy is untenable and no wonder we are labelled as infidels.
    As a PS in the whole period of 1909 to 1949 MI6 owns up to 2 killings by agents, 1They say was an accident and the other actually unauthorised. The OO7 nomenclature is pure fiction.

    September 26, 2010 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  5. Daniel

    This is merely a matter of having to provide the minimum of "due process" needed to satisfy Constltutional requirements.
    If the man is a "clear and present danger", then that, too, is something which may obtain in this case.
    The security of our citizens is no lawyer's joke to be twisted in court.
    The ACLU and CCR statements can only be a token gesture under these circumstances, as far as I am concerned.
    But who knows? Maybe someone skipped a procedural step. If so, they need to fix that.

    September 26, 2010 07:37 am at 7:37 am |