Military sued over Obama drone murder of al-Awlaki

July 19, 2012 04:25

Relatives of three Americans killed in drone strikes in Yemen are suing top Pentagon and CIA officials, saying the killings were unconstitutional.


BBC News


Relatives accuse Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, CIA Director David Petraeus and two military commanders of approving and directing the strikes.

The legality of US use of drones has been in the spotlight in recent weeks.

Awlaki, a radical Islamist cleric born in the state of New Mexico, was a key figure in the Yemen-based group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). His 16-year-old son was born in Colorado.


“The killings violated fundamental rights afforded to all US citizens, including the right not to be deprived of life without due process of law,” the legal complaint says.

The Center for Constitutional Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union say they are giving legal assistance to the plaintiffs.


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