‘State secrets’ invoked over case of American targeted for assassination…(You KNOW Where This Will GO…)
By Stephen C. Webster
Saturday, September 25th
In a last-ditch effort to get a terrorism lawsuit dismissed, the Obama administration invoked a claim of “state secrets” on Friday, arguing that revealing details about efforts to capture or kill an American citizen charged with leading a terrorist group would endanger national security.
The suit, filed by civil liberties groups, charges that Anwar al-Aulaqi, an American citizen and Islamic cleric in Yemen, has been placed on a list of high-value targets the CIA would like to see dead.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights specifically charge that lacking threat of an imminent attack, efforts to kill al-Aulaqi amount to the targeted, “extrajudicial” assassination of a US citizen, which is illegal.
Attorneys for the groups want to see these efforts ended.
Al-Aulaqi was alleged to have been in contact with US Army Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 fellow soldiers in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood. Al-Aulaqi also had an “operational role” in the failed plot to blow up a Detroit-bound passenger jet on Christmas Day, US authorities charge.