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Update U.S. Citizens On the "Kill List"?

December 10, 2010

kemal derwish

Eight years ago, Kamal Derwish was one of six Al Qaeda operatives taken out in a Predator drone strike in a remote section of Yemen. His death is the earliest known example of an American citizen killed by the U.S. government in its war on Al Qaeda.

U.S. officials allege Derwish had ties to Al Qaeda and recruited the "Lackawanna 6," a cell of Yemeni-American men who pleaded guilty to providing material support to Al Qaeda and received seven-to-10 year sentences.

While the primary target of that 2002 Yemen strike was Abu Ali al-Harithi, the suspected organizer of Al Qaeda's October 2000 bombing of The U.S.S. Cole, word that the U.S. purposefully killed Derwish raised for many people constitutional and ethical questions that have resurfaced today in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki.

[For details on al-Awlaki's life and the terrorist events that he's been linked to, listen to "Jihad Message Man: al-Awlaki," an NPR On Point radio discussion 12/14/10.]

Just last week, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking to prevent the government from targeting al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen and radical Islamic preacher believed to be hiding in Yemen. U.S. analysts allege he's an operative of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula [AQAP]. The suit was brought by al-Awlaki's father after learning last spring that his son was added to a list of suspected terrorists the CIA is authorized to kill.

In an 83-page opinion [PDF], U.S. District Court Judge John Bates ruled that Nasser al-Awlaki did not have the authority to bring the case to court on behalf of his son and that the decision is an issue that should be resolved by executive officials, not the courts. Still, Judge Bates said the case raised serious issues about the authority of the president to "order the assassination of a U.S. citizen without first affording him any form of judicial process whatsoever, based on the mere assertion that he is a dangerous member of a terrorist organization."

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I agree with US District Court Judge John Bates. In my opinion, those folks who emigrated here came to this country to become legal citizens so as to wage war within our borders.
This country did not allow persons from Germany, Italy or Japan during the war years to become citizens. The world has been at war with militant uneducated persons fighting in the name of their religion for the past ten years. It is increasing becoming more difficult to protect this country expecially from the foreign born citizen who is a sleeper terrorist.
I am pleading with those in charge of governing this country, to stop legal immigration totally, until this country can get on solid ground financially.
If all of the good persons of the world come here, just who will make their home country of birth a better place to live.

le serafini / December 14, 2010 1:12 PM

what is a terrorist? It doesn't matter if he is an american citizen, he doesn't care about who he or his organization is gonna get kill...like they say this is jihad so the goverment is trying to protect its people....these are killers!!!!!

herman linqi / December 16, 2010 12:58 AM
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