Posts tagged: Anwar al-Awlaki
The killing of two Americans by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen has reignited a debate about whether targeting U.S. citizens — even terrorists — is legal under the rules of war or constitutes an extrajudicial execution that ignores their rights. The Obama administration contends that U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar Awlaki was a legitimate target because he played an “operational” role in Al Qaeda, alleging that, among other plots, he directed a 2009 Christmas Day plan to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner. “Awlaki was the leader of external operations for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” President Obama said Friday. “In that role, he took the lead in planning and directing efforts to murder innocent Americans.” But some human rights advocates and legal scholars said the administration had never produced evidence to back up that claim/Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times. More here. (AP file photo, of al-Awlaki)
Question: Anyone have problems with the way the U.S. took out al-Awlaki?