December 07, 2010

Fed. Judge: So, Killing Anwar al Awlaki is bad because, er, why?

Keep your eyes firmly skyward Anwar:

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit on Tuesday that sought to block the American government from trying to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, a United States citizen and Muslim cleric accused of playing a significant role in Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen.

The ruling clears the way for the Obama administration to continue to try to kill Mr. Awlaki and represents a victory in its efforts to shield from judicial review one of its most striking counter-terrorism policies.

The court not only rejected the lawsuit on the grounds that Mr. Awlaki’s father had no standing to file it on behalf of his son, but held that decisions to mount targeted killings overseas are a “political question” for executive officials to make — not judges.

Psssst, Abu Risaas ..... this ruling has implications for you, too.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:58 PM | Comments |