Civil rights groups sue U.S. for killing of Americans tied to al Qaeda
Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in an American drone strike in Yemen last year.
July 18th, 2012
11:00 AM ET

Civil rights groups sue U.S. for killing of Americans tied to al Qaeda

By Ted Metzger, with reporting from Joe Sutton

Two civil rights groups sued the CIA director, the defense secretary and two military commanders over two covert U.S. strikes that killed three Americans in Yemen last year.

The operations killed radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, his son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, editor of a Jihadist online publication.

The two groups - the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights - filed the lawsuit on behalf of the parents of Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan.

It claims the strikes that killed the three men violated their constitutional rights because the targeted attacks "rely on vague legal standards, a closed executive process and evidence never presented to the courts," according to the complaint filed in D.C. federal court this morning.

"It's about accountability," said Jameel Jaffer, the ACLU deputy director. "If the government is claiming the power, as it seems to be, to kill any American who is deemed to be a national security threat without judicial review of any kind, then we believe the government has an obligation to explain its actions."

But in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki, who was a major figure in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Justice Department said it is justified.

He was linked to the plot of the so-called "underwear bomber" Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab and alleged Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan, and the Justice Department says there is a legal framework in place that makes going to the courts unnecessary.

"It does not require judicial approval before the president may use force abroad against a senior operational leader of a foreign terrorist organization with which the United States is at war," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a March speech. “Even if that individual happens to be a U.S. citizen."

The legal argument is slightly different for Khan and al-Awlaki's son, both presumed to be collateral damage in the drone strikes.

Khan was killed in September alongside Anwar al-Awlaki, whose son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, died in a separate drone strike a few weeks later, also in Yemen.

It is unclear whom the U.S. was targeting in the attack and why al-Awlaki's son was near that location.

Jaffer hopes those questions will be answered in court.

Relatives say the terror suspect’s son was not affiliated with terrorism.

"I never thought that one day this boy, this nice boy, will be killed by his own government for no wrong he did certainly," his grandfather, Nasseral-Awlaki, said in a video statement provided to CNN by the ACLU.

The Khan family's attorney advised them not to make a statement, but family friend and former family spokesman Jibril Hough said the issue isn't personal, but constitutional. "What Samir thought, felt, etc. is not the issue. The issue is the Constitution and giving the government the power to kill anyone 'at will.' " Hough said he didn't agree with Khan, but, "He he had 'rights' as an American. If we don't have those rights, then we are not much better than the regime in Syria and other rogue places."

Holder said the U.S. takes the death of innocent bystanders into account.

"Under the principle of proportionality, the anticipated collateral damage must not be excessive in relation to the anticipated military advantage," Holder said in March.

The lawsuit against CIA Director David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and two military officials seeks damages against the four government officials. It does not name a specific dollar amount, only saying "an amount to be determined at trial," according to the complaint.

"It's not about money," Jaffer said. "The main purpose of bringing the lawsuit is to obtain a kind of accountability that can only be obtained in a federal court."

This is the second lawsuit the ACLU has filed on behalf of Nasser al-Awlaki.

In 2010, it filed a suit in federal court trying to prevent the targeting killing of Anwar al-Awlaki after it was made public that he was on a U.S. government "kill list."

The court dismissed the case a few months later.

Filed under: AQAP • Terrorism • Yemen
soundoff (404 Responses)
  1. Osama bin Biden

    Let's recognize the ACLU for what it is and has been for decades: a nest of traitors.

    And then let's give them the traitor's just reward: death on the end of a rope.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:58 am | Reply
  2. lweba

    Suppose America declares a war against a country, a group or a society, and during the fighting at the front line it discovers that there are some Americans fighting on the enemy side. What should the American forces do, stop aiming their guns to these Americans and arrest them so that they are sent to court? Ever been at the front line?

    July 19, 2012 at 12:28 am | Reply
    • Ginid

      The Americans fighting against us....well, ever hear of treason?

      July 19, 2012 at 12:53 am | Reply
      • Grunt

        Actually "Americans" fighting for and opposing armed force in a conflict are no longer viewed as 'regular Americans' by the Laws of Land Warfare, there are classified as "Enemy Combatants". This is not just an American law, it is the standard for the Rules of War in all NATO Nations. So al-Awlaki is no longer classified as a 'non-combatant' he is an enemy combatant and therefore any strike on him is justified by the Laws of War.

        July 19, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  3. Tom

    Is this the ACLU's way of subtly satirizing Obama's Nobel Peace Prize? I approve.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:07 am | Reply
  4. Danny

    Killing this terrorist is like police shooting down a thug who is pointing a machine gun at a crowd of innocent people and is refusing to surrender his weapon. Absolutely justified.

    July 18, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  5. Steve

    Why does everybody think Due Process will make such a difference. Obviously you haven't spent too much time in the legal system these days. It's not exactly Jefferson and Adams

    July 18, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  6. Steve

    Americian's favorite past time, lawsuits. If this case actually wins, every family who's members died in anti-terrorists attacks will be filing. They must realize, warranted or not, it will never win. The government will draw a very clear line.

    July 18, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Reply
    • Danny

      Not surprising. Same plague that ruins our health care system by ranking up the so called defensive medicine.

      July 18, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  7. Kevin

    I can't believe the ACLU is that naive, stupid or anti-american not to grasp the threat here.

    July 18, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      I can't believe how easily you're ready to give up your right. How about you just move to Iran, instead of waiting for USA to turn into Iran ?
      UCLA understands very well what's at stake. What you do not grasp is that means do matter. Fighting terrorists by breaking your own laws, and turning the country into a Police State defeats the purpose. There is no more USA to speak of to defend once you ignore the basic rules by which if functions. Just another petty police state, that one day will not like you, call you a terrorist, and fire a Maverick up you butt.

      July 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Reply
      • M

        It amazes me how individuals like yourself, Tom, cannot understand what type of threat we are dealing with. Have you ever seen this man's videos on the Internet? Do you not understand the type of recruitment and organizing this man was involved in? He was an enemy of the difference than an American that declares war on the country. He was openly participating in actions that led to the death of innocent people and Coalition Forces. Why don't you head on over to the Middle East and try to reason with these find gentlemen. Or head over to Kandahar, Somalia, Syria, or any other terrorist haven and tell them you want to work with them and be an ambassador for peace. See how well that works for you. By the way, it is the ACLU not the UCLA...

        July 19, 2012 at 12:41 am |
      • Osama bin Biden

        Tom is a poster-child for the traitors at the ACLU.

        He would have had us serving Hitler with a lawsuit rather than shooting German soldiers.

        July 19, 2012 at 1:02 am |
      • danielmeah

        Tom is about the only person with sense on this blog. Most of you are brainwashed.

        Let me address a few things

        You state he was responsible for attacks on the invading forces. Where is your proof of this???
        You State Enemy of the state. Yet the mainstream media fails to tell you washington invented al-queada and actively funds terror groups (Look at syria for example)

        Should i continue?

        July 19, 2012 at 2:31 am |
  8. taz111111111

    Obama gave the order. Why isn't the ACLU going after him? Well, we all know why.

    July 18, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
    • Lyndsie Graham

      In fact, Barack Obama needs to be indicted and taken to the I.C.C. and tried for murdering these people but won't, sadly enough. This proves that the adage once coined by JFK that "life is not fair" is true.

      July 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Reply
      • Really

        Lyndsie, are you really that naive? I'm a Republican and no fan of Obama but to really think we should indict a president and sent him before the ICC for making a national security decision? Really?

        What were his options here? Apprehension and arrest? Not likely. These guys were planning mass murder. If you can't arrest them, what other options do you have?

        July 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
    • tb

      So, you have somehow convinced yourself that the ACLU suing members of Obama's administration is, what, a pro-Obama statement? A benefit to his re-election campaign?

      July 19, 2012 at 12:35 am | Reply
  9. solex

    Right wingers just cannot seem to grasp that ALL citizens have the right to due process – even criminals and terrorists. They tell themselves that just because the ACLU is protecting sur process rights, they must somehow be in favor of whatever the issue is at hand.

    Righties – GET OVER YOURSELVES. The ACLU HAS NO POLITICAL AGENDA. That they even have to exist in a society where the Bill of RIghts exists speaks volumes.

    July 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Quite true solex, quite true but you can't tell these idiots here that since they evidently never finished grade school.

      July 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Reply
    • taz111111111

      so wrong Solex. It was a lefty president that gave the order. He can't blame Bush for this one, or can he. You both gave me a good laugh. Thanks.

      July 18, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
    • Really

      Solex, you keep brining up righties. If I am not mistaken, our president, our attorney general, our secretary of state and our Senate are all left leaning Democrats (the Senate has a Democratic majority). The point being, it is not right wingers who made the decision to kill these folks. Just people who had the knowledge of what these people were capable of. In a perfect world, we arrest and try these idiot terrorists. But that NOT a realistic option here. With that in mind, what should the government do - allow these guys to continue planning mass murder?

      July 18, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Reply
    • The X-Files


      Have you filed a lawsuit to prosecute the Taliban leaders whom had recently executed that weak and innocent girl in Afghanistan? Prove yourself to the world that you could protect those innocent women and their rights in the Middle East.

      July 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Reply
    • Commojoe53

      Solex, they have NO political agenda? And what ____ing cave have YOU been hiding in, the one next to Osama's? You far-left-wingers are TOO funny!

      July 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Reply
    • Danny

      well if the suspects refuses to show up to court and in the process of aprehending the suspect, the lives of the law enforcers and those of innocent people are directly threatened by the suspect and his acquaintances, are they allowed to eliminate that threat? I'm a liberal democrat btw. But I don't tolerate murderous treasonous terrorists.

      July 18, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Reply
    • JP

      The worst thing anyone can do is generalize, which is exactly what you are doing. You presume to speak for all liberals by condemning this, when there are plenty who approve and applaud these actions, including myself. I see these men, these American men, as traitors. They are men who run Jihadist sites and cause the deaths of innocents. If you ask me, any American who would want to see his country destroyed is not American, and therefore does not deserve the rights of one. To put it simply, they deserved a traitor's death, and they got it.

      July 19, 2012 at 12:57 am | Reply
      • 02/11/1969 to 11/30/1970

        Children, if someone in your country wants you to be dead because your politics/religion is not to their liking, and they do everything they can to kill people in your country (including YOU!) that is war. It is in our country, and for those who want to take the enemy to court only because they are fellow countrymen who have turned traitor, you need to pull your head out of whatever orifice you have it shove inside of, and welcome to war. People need to read some world history.

        July 19, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • Osama bin Biden


      Just who is the naive one here?

      July 19, 2012 at 1:03 am | Reply
    • brian

      You obviously cannot or refuse to grasp what is important here. These so called "Muslim Americans" renounced their due rights as American citizens the day they carried out their first second of treasonous affairs against the people of the United States and its government. Do you think its a coincidence they couldn't carry out their affairs from home and not the middle east? At that point they became terrorists, not Americans (and you obviously don't know what the definition of being American is) and deserve the same death that traitors recieve.

      July 19, 2012 at 9:07 am | Reply
  10. solex

    To all the child think minds out there (White Hat/Black Hat types)

    The only function of the ACLU is to protect and defend the Bill of Rights. Period. They have no political agenda. THey will protect ANYONE's rights – not just what is popular. They will protect Nazi Skin Heads as well as Muslim AMERICANS.

    The ACLU will even fight to protect your right to spew your nonsense about killing ACLU members.

    Have some humility folks for people who fight for what is right, NOT for what is expedient.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Reply
    • clarinet

      Your head has been up your back porch for way too long.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
    • solex

      So in other words, you have no argument and take the child think way out and resort to name calling.

      I rest my case.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Reply
    • jay in florida

      Give me ONE common sense statement in which you clearly demonstrate that the mouse should fight for the right of the cat to co-exist in the same house?

      July 18, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Reply
      • solex

        Sure – a cst and mouse are members of nature where one is prey and one is predator. Mankind is not supposed to have a prey and predator mindset – we are supposedly more advanced and therefore do not compare ourselves with analogies of predating in nature.

        July 18, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
      • jay in florida

        Ohh, really? So, that's your common sense argument? We are NOT SUPPOSED to compare ourselves to predators? "NOT SUPPOSED" ? I see how you base your arguments on real life observations where terrorists predate civilians and intentionally murder them. Apparently common sense is not your forte. And yet you come here and pretend to have some kind of superior intellect over the rest, and even dare admonish them for their opinions.

        July 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
      • solex

        Jay, You are a frightened little man who lives in fear of your own making. Predating is not murder. Mankind is the only species that murders for no reason other than his own desires.

        There was no proof these people were terrorists, but like most frightened people, assigning blame is the only way that you can justify your hatred and bigotry.

        There are PLENTY of cases where we have murdered Muslims, and yes there are plenty of cases where Muslims have murdered American citizens.

        The ACLU states that each case is supposed to be judged on its merits. People like you with the "Kill everyone who is not a white christian" are just as bad as the Nazis OR Militant Muslims.

        Please seek counseling for your anger and hatred. I am thinking the cause is other than just that you don't like brown people.

        July 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
      • jay in florida

        Ad hominem is not going to work for the sake of you making the initial argument... you lost this one from the very beginning. I said cat and mouse.. you translated that into bigotry, hatred for anything non-white christian.. obviously you need to re-initiate your lack of reading skills all the way back from elementary school. As for counseling... I think it is obvious by now who needs it most. And it is not me.

        July 18, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • Marine5484

      Thank you, solex. I fully agree with you and just ignore these anti-intellectual lemmings here who only believe that might makes right. No government that is in the wrong should ever win a court case, including ours!

      July 18, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Reply
    • Really

      Ah, Solex.........can you explain to me how it is defending someone's rights when these people have openly declared war on you, me and the every other citizen of this great country? This is simply a case of spoiled milk on the part of the families. They raised boys who went bad and now are upset my the consequences that their children's actions brought upon the kids.

      As for the ACLU, there is certainly injustice in the world. But doesnt it dilute their argument when they will take up the cause of anyone with a grip (no matter how inane or insane). Wouldnt be better and more constructive for this organization to pick battle s that did not turn it into a joke?

      July 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply
    • The X-Files

      Really? Have you filed a lawsuit to prosecute the Taliban leaders whom had recently executed a weak and innocent girl in Afghanistan? If you can prove to the world that the ACLU could protect those innocent women in the middle east countries, I then will work for ACLU without pay for the rest of my life. By the way, where were the ACLU activists when Afghanistan was under the Taliban control and women had no rights to go to schools and were forced to work like slaves? When they really needed your protection but you guys just turned your back to them. Now you are talking like a savor. Lol, you guys are just a bunch of cowards.

      July 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
      • ensense

        The ACLU is nothing but another arm of the Islamic Agenda to destroy America from within. for all you know this solex might be another Taliban sympathizer sitting in Pakistan and posting on behalf of the cause of Islam.

        July 19, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • Neil

      Why is it that the ACLU only takes cases all the lawyers in the US turn down? Why is it when you think about all the lawyers that will sue over anything, the ACLU ends up with cases these lawyers turn down?

      They always claim they are protecting our rights. An illegal imagrant has no rights in the US, but the ACLU is always protecting them under the "We are protecting your rights" banner.

      I don't want them protecting anything of mine. If I have a real issue, there are plenty of real lawyers that will fall over themselves to represent me.

      Don't let the name fool you, look up the history of the ACLU and you will be very shocked.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:56 am | Reply
    • Neil

      And just an FYI, he renounced his citizenship back in 2006 when he said "I no longer consider myself a US citizen".

      July 19, 2012 at 2:04 am | Reply
  11. nobull4u

    ACLU = commie rat pinkos

    July 18, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Reply
    • solex

      Without searching on line, can you even tell me what the term "pinko" means?

      Thought so, another dim bulb who hates any non-white, non-christian. A close minded fool who lives his life in fear and hatred.

      It mus be sad to be so completely and unchangeably STUPID.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Reply
      • Marine5484

        Again solex, I totally agree. Unfortunately, you can't talk these people out of their ignorance. It's obvious that very few of these people ever got past the 5th grade in school!

        July 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
      • Bow Flex

        I wonder if Mr. Smell my finger (after finger banging his mullah) would hold a trial before blowing someone up.

        July 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
      • ensense

        And you are just another Islamic warrior pretending to be a American your posts are mostly pro Islamic. If you really want to fight for freedom then fight for women's rights in your religion first. and for the freedom of Muslims to change religion without repercussion from Islamic zealots.

        July 19, 2012 at 12:45 am |
      • Osama bin Biden

        Gotta love the arrogant ignorance of shrill fringe leftists like solex and her phony "Marine" pal.

        July 19, 2012 at 1:15 am |
      • Grunt

        Solex and Marine5484 this is for both of you.
        First Solex, I personally believe that you truly don't understand that the War on Terror isn't just confined to Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States declared War on Terrorism worldwide. al-Awlaki was a Terroist, therefore and Enemy Combatant. The ACLU has no business in 'defending' the legal rights of a Terrorist, it's the AMERICAN Civil Liberties Union, they should by working to defend wronged AMERICANS, not terrorists that want to Kill Americans.
        Marine5484, you are supporting solex in all of this but I have to wonder with your handle did you ever serve in the Corps? I was US Army but was attached to 1st and 2nd MARDIV in Iraq, and have never met a US MARINE that supported a law suit against the US Government for killing Terrorists.
        On his son being killed, IF he had nothing to do with terrorism then yes it is horrible that civilians are killed in War, but it is War, and like General Sherman said in the Civil War "War is Hell".

        July 19, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Here goes another right-wing idiot spewing out his ignorance of the ACLU. Idiots like this one above only believes in the laws of the jungle. In other words, he is totally Darwinistic and anti-intellectual like any Tea Partier is.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Reply
      • Lyndsie Graham

        Just to aviod any confusion here, I was talking about Nobull4u above, the ignorant fool. I completely agree with solex, the ACLU and the rule of law whereas these right-wing, Darwinistic fools here only believe in the laws of the jungle!

        July 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
  12. scott david lippe md

    The ACLU just shows how out of touch with reality they are – al queda is at war with the United States – therefore all enemy combatants are subject to being killed when found. End of story!

    July 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Reply
    • solex

      The ACLU's on;y mission is to protect the bill of rights – that's all. These were American citizens that were murdered by their own country with no due process. Also, we are NOT at war with anyone. Only congress can declare war.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Reply
      • Jimmy g

        They were terrorists not citizens in my book

        July 18, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
      • solex

        Fortunately for humanity, your book doesn't mean squat. ALL CITIZENS HAVE THE RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS.

        July 18, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
      • The X-Files

        Fortunately for humanity, your book doesn't mean squat. ALL CITIZENS HAVE THE RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS."

        That is funny. If so, have you filed a lawsuit to prosecute the Taliban leaders whom had recently executed a weak and innocent girl in Afghanistan? Yeah right.

        July 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
      • ensense

        If Anwar al awlaki was such a good citizen then why did he run away to Yemen when there was a Warrent for his arrest he was running away from due process and he what he deserved. what about the justice to the sailor who died in the bombings of the uss cole, bombings in Kenya etc. How about we sue anwars parents for the grief he caused to the families of those killed in those bombings.

        July 19, 2012 at 12:50 am |
      • Osama bin Biden

        Fortunately for Americans, al Awlaki and Khan got "due process" via a Hellfire missile.

        Sue all you want. They're still a smear of greasy burnt meat on a Yemeni road and your lawyers can't bring 'em back.

        We killed them, and we'd do it again.

        Thus ever to traitors - and that includes the likes of Solex and the other treasonous leftists whining here.

        July 19, 2012 at 1:27 am |
      • Neil

        So when Al Queda says they are at war, it's not real because congress didn't say so. Germany declared war on the US more then 2 months before congress declared war. That means the first few months of WWII against Germany were against the law.
        Love your thinking.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:10 am |
  13. Bob Brown

    It's really not cool for the President of the United States to order the execution of Americans (or anyone else, but most especially Americans) without trial. It's evil.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Reply
    • TrueGrissel

      Capture or Kill, Capture or Kill was the order, same as with Osama Bin Laden. end of story ALL!!!!!!!

      July 18, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply
    • Jimmy g


      Why don't you go over to afghanistan and arrest the terrorists yourself.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Reply
    • Really

      Just to clarify, Bob – you know that it would be virtually impossible to arrest these folks. So the government has 2 options – kill these clowns or allow them to continue planning mass murder.

      Due process is great when the subject can be this case – where apphension is not an option – what do you propose that the government do? Keep in mind that a failure to kill these folks could resulting the deaths of hundreds of people.....

      July 18, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  14. Jesse

    ACLU loses another round in court.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  15. Drew

    I love you U.S

    July 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Reply
    • TrueGrissel

      Drew your a wing nut.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
      • Drew

        Suck obama dick

        July 18, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
  16. Flyboy9660

    Positive proof that the ACLU is an Anti-American Terrorist organization allied with Al-Qaeda! Everyone of those ACLU bleeding heart liberal slimes should be tried and convicted for TREASON! They can all live in GITMO with their Al-Qaeda buddies.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Reply
    • solex

      The only function of the ACLU is to protect the Bill of Rights. Period. They will protect the rights of ALL Americans, even skinheads who want to protest in Harlem.

      It is YOUR dum hatred and racism that needs to go to Gitmo.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
      • clarinet

        Have some more kool-aid, solex.

        July 18, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
  17. OldWoody

    Hey! I'll bet Anwar al-Awlaki is very happy there in paradise, I'm sure it isn't as hot as the Yemeni desert. Maybe he gets a share of the virgins? Many religious converts get extreme... and after hearing, reading his speechs, Rest in pieces!

    July 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  18. Matt

    So he's an American citizen and his only crime is speech related... he's never killed or been proven to have killed anyone. Whether the US government ultimately decides they can assassinate people like this or not, they should at least have to thoroughly explain why in an open court subject to US law.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      Let me also add that his son, also an American citizen who was killed without due process, isn't guilty of any crime under any interpretation of US law.

      July 18, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Reply
      • patrick harris

        who cares! The religious people are so out of the minds, just shoot them all.

        July 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Bob Brown

      Yup. The President decides who will live and who will die because the President decided that's how it should be.

      (That's EVIL!)

      July 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
      • clarinet

        (That's Chicago)

        July 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • The X-Files

      Son you say you are innocent because you just hire a hit man to kill someone since you have no physical involvement of the killing? Yeah right.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Reply
    • The X-Files

      So you say you are innocent because you just hire a hit man to kill someone since you have no physical involvement of the killing? Yeah right.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply
    • Osama bin Biden

      Wage war on the United States, or give aid and comfort to our enemies, and you are a legitimate target.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:29 am | Reply
  19. Drew


    July 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  20. Bentley


    July 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • TrueGrissel

      Bentley you know they have their use but really lose their credibility with lawsuits such as these.

      July 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
    • Bob Brown

      Wotta maroon!

      July 18, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  21. A change in direction

    Too bad those covert operations weren't directed at the ACLU.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  22. TrueGrissel

    Black kids refuse to learn aclu sues Michigan, terrorist killed aclu sues, isn't there a bounty on the ACLU.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • Drew

      Watch your mouth lame

      July 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  23. Dino

    You know it's good in principle that they bring attention to it. I would almost say put it on the back burner so the ACLU can focus their resources protecting Americans who don't hate America but then the CIA and military commanders would come to expect that. It's about keeping ourselves in check by focusing on the less important rights violations from time to time.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  24. Jimh77

    I have no problem with taking out any terrorist that is hell bent on killing Americans regardless of what citizenship they were born. My view, if you are an american and become a terrorist and want to plan and kill other Americans, you have given up your American citizenship and no longer have a home country.

    As for the son being killed, why was he where he was?? Trying to be like Daddy? If so, not so innocent.

    As for the ACLU, they are trying to make them be important, they never have been and never will be important, they are just a pimple that pops up now and then and who also should be destroyed. They serve no useful purpose in my book.

    This issue and the ACLU should be thrown out of court.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
    • Drew

      I agree!!

      July 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  25. Bill FFX

    Jimmy, what kind of crack you on? Anwar al- walki's best fate was to become fertilizer. May he rest in pieces.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  26. keyser

    What?? We can't defend ourselves now?? What will it be next?

    July 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  27. dudley

    It's just another way of continuing the fight against us.


    July 18, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • keyser

      You're right. This time they're trying to use our own rope to hang us. The ACLU is really misguided on this one.

      July 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  28. Mike

    So there are a couple of ways you could've headlined this article. The honest way, and then the way CNN chose. I'll let you figure out from the article whether or not the people on whose behalf the suit is brought were actually in Al Qaeda, or if they were THE UNDERAGE CHILDREN of people who were.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • Jeremy

      So what should we do when they bring their children with them specifically to make us look bad when we kill them? They hide behind children and you're going to blame us for those kids dying? Maybe you should refocus your criticism against the people who use their children as shields.

      July 18, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  29. JB`

    Here is a man who is plotting to kill in the name of Allah, Americans, British, and even his own kind. Maybe we should have sent a ton of c4 and a hit list.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • Johnny

      How do you kknow he is plaooting????? Got any proof ?????

      When barry tries to go to Europe when he is out of office, he will face arrest for War Crimes. Like Dubya, he will have to stay in the US.

      July 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply
      • DavidW0909

        Actually W just got back from Africa doing charity work.

        July 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
      • Jeremy

        Well, you obviously know nothing. That's the end of anyone paying attention to what you say! Thanks for playing.

        July 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
  30. gil

    Why is everyone so unhappy? It's funny he was killed. It's funny what he was and funny he's dead. It's funny his family is suing for their murdering relative's rights.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  31. dadguy

    HAHAHA they're funny.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  32. KawiMan

    The US government should feed all of the top brass of the ACLU to al Queda and the Taliban and see how humanely they are treated!

    July 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
    • DavidW0909

      I'm likin it. Although perhaps we should take the lead counsel form the ACLU and the others and drop them by parachute into the tribal regions of Pakistan with t-shirts that say "Allah S_cks" and see how well they do when those guys violate their "rights". M_rons!

      July 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  33. Gerry Hintlian

    Everybody knows the ACLU is nothing more than a Communist front organization. I can not imagine anyone that doesn't know that!!

    July 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply
    • jimmy cracorn

      Commies?. Do your homework before you show your ignorance to something. Not knowing everything is ok.

      July 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Reply
      • DavidW0909

        Your defending the ACLU with articles on the ACLU website. Hmmmm, that's like say "Hey, the KKK isn't so bad, just look at their website".... DUHHH!

        July 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • Maya

      Then why do they rate Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson as better than any of the other candidates?

      July 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
      • Jeremy

        Because Obama hasn't taken away our guns or outlawed Bibles in schools or gotten rid of nativity scenes on public property. You know, those things the ACLU specifically asked him to do.

        July 18, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
  34. jimmy cracorn

    from the ACLU'S website. Helping to protect conservative views.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply
    • jimmy cracorn

      More examples of the ACLU protecting conservative issues.

      July 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Reply
    • Jeremy

      You got supporting articles from the actual ACLU website? Yeah, the ACLU isn't biased toward themselves at all.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Reply
  35. Zoglet

    America and its use of drones shows scant regard forthe tradition of law.
    What goes around...

    July 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
    • Jeremy

      The same Taliban who just shot a woman in cold blood (and does the same thing everyday) is crying for the US to stop drone attacks or they won't allow children to be vaccinated against polio. Apparently the drones strikes are hitting their terrorist targets and taking a heavy toll on those murderers. And you want us to stop? LOL. Whatever...

      July 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  36. chris

    what do you expect from an organization who defends child molesters?

    and it's your tax dollars hard at work.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • jimmy cracorn

      The A.C.L.U. is funded through private donations and member dues only. No taxpayer money is used.

      July 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
    • DecentShadow

      These two organizations are non governmental and not for profit. Aka they are not funded by US tax dollars

      July 18, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  37. Patrick Portland

    I'd like to use drones to take out the ACLU – what a ridiculous organization. Left wing, self loathing nuts.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • Phunnie boy

      Gee whiz Patrick, you took the words right out of my mouth!! We can't have have these nasty liberals running around, can we, can we? We both believe that Might makes right, we do, we do! Thank goodness that the M.I.C. is running things in Washington and can corrupt almost anybody with their limitless supply of money!

      July 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  38. Frustrated-Father

    .. I really worry about the future of our country and the world our children will inherit from us ..

    July 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  39. So Sad for America...

    The fact that so many people have no idea what they're talking about on this thread:

    Please learn:
    What a US Citizen is
    How one no longer becomes a citizen; e.g. how one "renounces" citizenship
    What due process is
    The Fifth Amendment,
    The First Amendment
    Do you know what the First Amendment allows? (Brandenburg v. Ohio) Promoting the violent overthrow of the government.

    You "Americans" are so uninformed, it makes me sad for this country. Your ignorance and fake "patriotism" is how a US President can order the assassination of a US citizen whether that person is engaged in a war with ZERO evidence provided that any law was broken.

    Unfortunately, the authoritarian US Citizens who need Uncle Sam's protection for some guy on YouTube. Thank goodness that the ACLU is out there trying to protect my rights from not being drone attacked. No one cares that terrorists are killed. The problem with just killing US Citizens with no oversight is that a President can now kill anyone they want and claim it was for your own good.

    Now if a pretty little white girl driving a Ford with a rebel flag would get assassinated, then we'd have "merikans" actually caring about "their rights". Funny how fake "socialism" is ruining the country, but actual erosion of rights aren't. I guess we'll keep getting Bush and Obamas to destroy this country until China comes to collect on the bill for "fighting terrorists".

    July 18, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
    • DanWantsBobDead

      It's a war
      It's a war
      It's a war

      You to simple that we haven't' in ALL WARS(including the revolution) didn't kill without prejudice traitorous citizens?

      July 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • WampeterNine

      Funny, although I agree with your base arguments regarding the possible dangers of the policy involved here, I find your condescending and combative tone to be offensive enough to obscure any point you might have. I think, actually, this is one of the most serious issues we have to face in modern public discourse, the seeming need to attack, even at the cost of deteriorating the ability to have a civil conversation and reach reasonable conclusions. I have to agree with your name, it is sad when everyone is too angry and self righteous to be reasonable.

      July 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • Lawrence

      They are enemy combatants and should be considered spies.

      July 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • you're a moron

      When a group of renounced american terrorists blow your kids school bus up I would like your opinion then.

      July 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
    • Knotty Boy

      Do you ever get the feeling you're just a tad arrogant... and maybe just a little bit too condescending to others you don't happen to agree with?

      July 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
    • The X-Files

      So by your definition, who were fighting during the American Civil War??? Aliens???

      July 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Reply
    • TONY

      right on ,dude ! glad to see SOMEONE has common sense.. a rare breed indeed.

      July 18, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Reply
    • Meetra

      Totally agree!!! There are soapy do
      Ratio terrorists that openly wish harm on our country, where's the drone to kill them? Our global positioning technology is so advanced, they knew they were killing the kid. No reason to have harmed that child.

      July 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
      • Meetra

        There are so many*
        Ugh, stupid auto correct is killing me!!

        July 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
      • Meetra

        domestic terrorists here I mean...

        July 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
  40. HelloTampa

    Lets sue the parents of Anwar al-Awlaki for his upbringing that caused harm to the U.S.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • been there

      Good idea , Parents who raise this kind of kid should be responsible. they are crying because they feel their rights have been abused

      July 19, 2012 at 1:31 am | Reply
  41. HelloTampa

    Then let's sue the ACLU for 911 and all the ills Al-Qaeda has brought to the U.S.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  42. gage

    When did we start giving terrorists known to enemys of the USA rights

    July 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • Simon


      July 18, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  43. Bob

    China should send drones into USA and destroy what USA built with there own money

    July 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
    • DanWantsBobDead

      You should give me your address so I can put a bullet between your eyes for supporting people that want American Citizens dead.

      July 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
      • go get em

        I'll be glad to help..

        July 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • Jeremy

      You must be one of those people who thinks China just gives us money out of the goodness of their heart and will one day ask for us repay them. I'm glad the world isn't as simple as your mind though. Look it up. Every cent we get from China is in return for something. They need us way more than we need them. Just because some of our stuff is made by their elderly, poor people in factories doesn't mean they own us. It means they need OUR money because without it, they'd collapse economically. Just wait. Give it 5 years.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Reply
    • been there

      Bob, I feel sorry for you, You are fortunate to live in Canada or the United states. I have been in five different countries and Canada or the United states is the place to be.

      July 19, 2012 at 1:47 am | Reply
  44. mdbill

    Please let's sue the parents for raising such stupid a$$hol3s. Pathetic. I'm a purebred liberal and I would like to p-nch the ACLU lawyers that started this. Gag me

    July 18, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
    • DanWantsBobDead

      Want to bet that if american citiens took out their vengence on the parents and family of these terrorists. That we wouldn't be given any consideration in a court of law. Even if our own family members died?

      July 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  45. WampeterNine

    This is a difficult issue, as the current war on terror, as it relates to traditional military engagements, is just full of gray areas. I think reacting as if the ACLU is "on the side" of the cleric is not accurate. And I don't think there are many that would argue that, on some level, he didn't have it coming, with respect to rhetoric aimed at inflaming conflict in very public ways (Interesting side conversation- is rhetoric an act of war?). But the precedent being set here is a dangerous one, indeed. Although one of these particular individuals had a pretty high profile "reason to be silenced" as a supporter of an organization that we were engaged with militarily, the fact remains that, especially with regard to the two others beside the cleric, there is almost no transparency or accountability with respect to the targeting of these missions.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am not sympathizing with anyone or anything here, nor am I trying to make any comment on this specific case. What I am saying is that it is a frightening concept to think that, in a rush of patriotism that is not always misplaced, we might be tacitly approving more and more, and deeper and deeper, operations where individuals and groups (whatever their affiliation or alleged behaviors) are killed in the name of America, quite without the awareness of the great majority of Americans.

    Did these guys “deserve it”? Perhaps. But I am still glad that someone is out there raising flags to keep our part of the aggression in check (or at least under examination). If it was completely justified, then our military certainly has nothing to worry about. But giving a military or covert force (ANY military or covert force) the impression that they can kill with impunity anywhere in the world, without fear of even being questioned, is unquestionably (and even historically) a very dangerous slope, and certainly not in the spirit of the American system.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  46. svann

    Some people that would not trust the government to calculate their taxes are somehow just fine with trusting the government to order executions without trial. How do you know those people executed really did anything? They could some day come for your family and then claim they are terrorists and who would be able to say otherwise?

    July 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
    • Jeremy

      So you want him to have a trial with the same system I'm sure you berate every chance you get? What if he goes free? Then kills someone. He already said he wants you dead! What else do you need? Just because a paper says he is technically still a citizen... Terrorists who are American citizens don't ever renounce their citizenship. Why? Because when we kill them, people flip out. It's a tactic against us.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  47. Dude

    I guess everyone here has seen the evidence against Anwar?

    Forget the evidence, Barack told me it was true!

    July 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • Jeremy

      I've seen it.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Reply
  48. Marvin E Woody Sr

    They were found guilty of treason, terrorism and executed. Case closed.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • Dude

      They were never tried buddy, except in the court of public opinion.

      July 18, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
      • Marvin E Woody Sr

        So if you see a person about to kill another, you wait until he commits the act...and THEN give him a trial? You didn't hear his treasonous tirades? The rule of law is wonderful but our safety comes first. The hearsay of which you speak was well proven and confirmed.

        July 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
      • svann

        No if you see someone about to kill someone you stop them, arrest them, and put them on trial to prove they did what you claim they did.

        July 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
      • Jeremy

        You want to try terrorists who are sitting there and flat out saying they want you dead? You want to give them a lawyer and put them in court? The same system I'm sure you rail against every chance you get? Ok... Dream on. I'm glad you hold no power. We'd all be dead.

        July 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
      • Spaceman Spiff

        Actually, if I see somebody about to kill somebody... I kill them first, it's what I've been trained to do.

        July 18, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
    • Thierry

      Absolutely. The aclu are the treasonous ones. And they have lost ther minds.

      July 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
      • Maya

        I suppose if you thinking defending the 5th Amendment is treasonous.

        July 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
  49. jimmy cracorn

    The government asked the government if it is ok to kill a U.S. citizen and the government said yes.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • Jeremy

      That US citizen would kill you by sawing your head off with a dull knife if he had a chance. That's how he'd repay your support. Ever seen a video like that? Imagine pouring milk out of a milk jug turned sideways. That's how it looks when the blood spills from a neck after the front section of the neck is sawed open. I saw these videos during my time overseas in the military. That's your US citizen for you. Just because some paper says he is a citizen, doesn't mean we should wipe him out.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  50. Hruthwuf

    Of course it's not about the money. It's never about the money. Ha!

    July 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  51. The X-Files

    These coward civil rights groups have just betrayed humanity. We should have sent them to live with their beloved al Qaeda leaders so they can be stripped of their clothes and only allowed to wear TNT's on them all times.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Reply
    • tom

      I think you are missing the point. Our laws are important, they define who we are. If we just ignore the law in some cases then we go down the slippery slope towards tyrant. Obviously you don't understand that. This is not about the traitors Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. It is about the rule of law.

      How ignorant some people (like you) are.

      July 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
      • Dan

        Not a lipery slope at all and nor should it be considered as such. And you obvioulsy cannot make a comment without calling names.

        July 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
      • The X-Files

        "I think you are missing the point. Our laws are important, they define who we are"

        Yeah, using American laws to reason with the al Qaeda leaders? LOL, I didn't know that al Qaeda was so kind that they decided to bomb the Twin Towers in 1993, bombed the U.S Embassy in Yemen in 1998, USS Colt in 2000 and 3000+ innocent people in 2001. Yeah, they really listened to "INTERNATIONAL LAWS".

        July 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
      • doublellnfl

        About that rule of law, shall we ask Obama, about all the czars he has appointed by going around that rule of law and congress, how about allowing illegals to remain in the United States no rule of law there, perhaps the word and definition of
        Sedition would apply to all these fine upstanding men..

        July 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  52. The X-Files

    Had these so called Civil Rights lawyers/ activists ever sued the al Qaeda leaders for the death of 3,000+ innocent American people on 9/11/2001? Of course these coward civil rights groups were too afraid to even get close to al Qaeda leaders to ask them killing innocent people on 9/11/2001 and around the world.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • truthordare7

      Hopefully, the Al Qaeda's next target is the headquarters of ACLU.

      July 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • lindaluttrell

      If these terorists are the ACLU's new BFFs, DEPORT them all. Let them live ruled by the Taliban or other extremists groups and see how fast they would come back, tails between their legs. I hope you're right truthordare7!

      July 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • Roger

      At this point in time I do not know who was responsible for 9/11. One thing I do know is that steel framed skyscrapers do not fall in the exact manner of a controlled demolition and at the speed of gravity due only to burning office furnishings. Yet according to NIST this is exactly what brought down the 47 story World Trade Center Building 7 on the evening of 9/21/11. 1700+ architects and engineers are calling this an impossibility without explosives and are demanding a new investigation into this matter. Please join them at ae911truthdotorg

      July 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
      • Roger

        correction: Of course I meant to say 9/11/01

        July 18, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
      • DanWantsBobDead

        Ummm, there were not full beams that supported the floors. Check the archtech diagrams. These floors were supported by stubs from corners. Lets stress required to make them fail.

        Seriously, how muder yucken stupid are you.

        July 18, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
      • The X-Files

        Yeah, like those sleeper cells being sent to train in the flying classes suddenly just disappeared in the U.S? Oops, the CIA must had kidnapped them and those American & United Airliners just falling from the sky? Do you even know why the al Qaeda decided to use American & United Airliners on 9/11 day? You don't even really understand the meaning of their mission on that particular day? Let me put it for you in this quote:

        "United of America is calling 911"

        Now, you got that???

        July 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
      • Roger

        You make it sound as if WTC7 was weak and of inferior design. If so why then would the FBI, CIA and a host of other important offices set up shop there? Mayor Rudy Giuliani's emergency bunker was even located on the 23rd floor. If you want to believe that small and scattered fires caused this building to collapse directly into the path of greatest resistance, and do so as quickly as if it were falling through air, that is your prerogative, but it is obvious you are the stupid one here, with no common sense whatsoever.

        July 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
      • been there

        Grow up roger I also have a neighbor who also believes like you. there is always some guy with an opinion that is a little different but he is trying to make people think he is a little smarter than he really is,

        July 19, 2012 at 2:32 am |
      • Roger

        I am not trying to come across as being smarter than anybody else. I am simply pointing out what should be obvious to anyone with half a brain. The laws of physics were suspended that day. If 9/11 was a false flag operation would you want to know it? Open your eyes and your mind and try to think for yourself. Go to and just see what it is they are saying. You might actually come away with a different view.

        July 19, 2012 at 5:35 am |
    • tom

      "Had these so called Civil Rights lawyers/ activists ever sued the al Qaeda leaders for the death of 3,000+ innocent American people on 9/11/2001?"

      How absurd. You just don't get it.

      July 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
      • been there

        WELL PUT TOM

        July 19, 2012 at 2:33 am |
  53. Yakobi

    You know how you avoid being collateral damage? Don't stand next to a terrorist!

    July 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  54. Randy

    I wish the ACLU had gone over there and got themselves blown to hell too! I hope they don't receive tax money.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • tom

      All you people who are against the ACLU must want to live under a dictatorship. I bet you'd love old Joe Stalin who would have sent the ALCU or anyone who spoke out, to the gulag.

      You people make me sick. You have no clue about what it means to be American and no appreciation for the sacrifice in blood that has been made in the past to give you your freedom to write trash up here.

      July 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Reply
      • DanWantsBobDead

        No tom

        We want revenge
        We want to win

        You quite obviously don't give a yuk about who died.
        You quite obviously don't care if more die.
        You quite obviously do not want to win the war against who killed 3,000


        July 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
      • Thomas Jefferson

        Just shoot them in the face.

        July 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
  55. paul2313

    Wait! So I can hop on a plane from Oregon to Yeman. hook up with anti-american forces, hang out at their training camp, get wounded in a drone strike (allah *cough* will make sure I dont die) and sue the US government for bookoo bucks? SWEET!! I see a rich a s s paul2313 in the future.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  56. Muzzie

    Hope that they have a few drones assigned to the ACLU.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  57. thunderhorse

    this guy was a traitor he should have been drug out into the street and executed

    July 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  58. Moogly

    why didn't they file suit against the guy who ok'd the strike: Obama?
    buncha political hypocrites...

    July 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  59. AsianKid

    ACLU – Openly admitted to be ""Affiliated with Terrorist Organizations.""
    Mr. Holder , please do your job !!!


    July 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  60. wkt1186

    The ACLU is a terrorist supporting treasonous organization. Ban them, sieze all assets, and arrest all members. Better yet, throw their sorry a**es against the wall and publically execute them as a warning to other terrorist sympathizers.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Reply
    • hez316

      The ACLU is a well funded and powerful organization. I'm not aware of what portion of their funding comes from foreign vs domestic sources.

      July 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • tom

      Yes lets ban anyone who does not speak the conservative talking points. Zieg Heil!

      July 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • Maya

      Sure. As long as we are wiping our a**es with the 5th Amendment, we might as well wipe our a**es with the 1st Amendment, too.

      July 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  61. Michael

    Jameel Jaffers, the ACLU deputy director? "Destroy America with American people and resources." Bin Laden.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  62. ctbeckyw

    Okay, if ti isn't about money, send the parents a checks for a buck with a post-it saying "Whoops. My bad." Case closed.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  63. Texas Charlie

    Like it or not, there is a very high likelihood of global warfare between radical Islam and the rest of the world sometime in the next century. My guess would be in the next 25 to 50 years. Lawsuits like this one only increase that likelihood. It contributes to the enemy's perception of us as weak and unfocused, and we are. You strike at a weak opponent, not a strong one. Application denied. Resubmit in 90 years.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  64. Mike

    What about the president? I bet Bush would have been included in the law suit.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
    • Karl


      July 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  65. Land Shark

    I love a good drone strike. I wish we had more of them!

    July 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  66. Akbarsupidodumkopt

    Alright, ACLU=unamerican glad we finally got that sorted out. what next helping Jane Fonda sue the US for the vietnam war? I'm tired of extremist left-wingers, and right-wingers. Why can't people understand that an unbaised independent candidate is what's best for America. They are hard to find, just keep searching America!

    July 18, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
    • YoungMarine


      July 18, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
    • Sandman

      Can we try Jane as a traitor?

      July 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Reply
    • Capt Nemo

      Look into hos the ACLU represented Lt. Col Oliver North (and got him turned loose) and Rush Limbaugh (and kept him out of jail) before you denigrate them.

      However, on July 20, 1990, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), North's convictions were vacated, after the appeals court found that witnesses in his trial might have been impermissibly affected by his immunized congressional testimony.

      In a motion filed today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said state law enforcement officers violated Rush Limbaugh's privacy rights by seizing the conservative radio talk show host's medical records as part of a criminal investigation involving alleged ""doctor-shopping.""

      ""While this case involves the right of Rush Limbaugh to maintain the privacy of his medical records, the precedent set in this case will impact the security of medical records and the privacy of the doctor-patient relationship of every person in Florida,"" said Howard Simon, Executive Director of the ACLU of Florida.

      July 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  67. trot

    Completely legitimate. Care about rights , people .

    July 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
    • Good Shot

      They do not value our lives, why should we value theirs? Blow them all to Kingdom Come for all I care. Screw their rights.

      July 18, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Reply
      • noodlebrain

        @goodshot: Because we care about the Rule of Law. And we're better than them, and won't stoop to their level.

        July 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
      • trot

        You're everything the founders of this country despised .

        July 18, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
  68. Nunya

    Let's sue Nasser then for the American deaths his son directly caused and contributed to. ...right after he f7@ks himself.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  69. Dogman

    Denied. Next.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  70. Fr33th1nk3r

    This is, by far, the most ridiculous of the the many frivolous and anti-American lawsuits the ACLU has filed on behalf of our enemies.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  71. Anwar Sadat

    I used to respect the ACLU for their principled stands but this is latest case is a gimmick to keep them in the public sphere by being the proverbial gadfly. I shall not contribute to their cause any longer. Anwar and Samir took up the cause of our enemies. They shoudl have thrown themselves to the mercy of the US courts. They knew they stood accused of crimes against the US. They should have surrendered themselves at the nearest US consulate. They did not do so but instead carried on their activities against the state. Consequently they paid a price as did Al Awlaki's son.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Exactly, Anwar. Well stated.
      In a democracy such as ours, I can definitely see the ned for an organization that helps the "little guy" to be able to successfully represent himself against "big guys" like the government, unfair laws, major corporations, etc. Democracies that rely on majority rules to determine its legal course have a tendency to leave minorities out in the cold, if that is what is currently popular. The ACLU's statement that "When the rights of the most vulnerable members of society are tread upon, we are all at risk" sounds very lofty, but in practice, they have become a catch-basin for all the riff-raff and terrorists in our society to try and wage frivolous legal battles against our own nation.
      Nobody's rights were infringed upon. As soon as you take up a weapon aginst your own country, you are now an enemy combatant and subject to military action. That is only common sense....

      July 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  72. Fr33th1nk3r

    OMFG!!!!! Are you freaking serious? The ACLU is suing the government for killing known Al-Queda members, whose actions directly led to the death of American service-members and civilians?!?!?!?!? They need to change the ACLU's designation to "sponsor for global terror". That is rekonkulous....

    July 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  73. Hahahahahahahahaha

    Well, the only good Towel Head IS a dead Towel Head. So what's the point? Hahahahahahahahahahaahaha

    July 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  74. jimmy cracorn

    The government asked the government if it is ok to kill a U.S. citizen and the government said yes. This doesn't sound like a situation that requires any further legal attention at all.
    PS I do think the government made the right decision. If a bank robber is going to kill a hostage the police can kill the robber to prevent harm to the citizen. This is a similar case but the only difference is geographical and the gun is not on the head of the citizen at the exact moment the robbers life ends. However, that doesn't mean the process by witch the government elects to use lethal force doesn't need better discretion and legal oversight.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  75. Kevin Brooks

    When the government wants to off someone, they just need to say the magic 'terrorist' word and it becomes 'legal'. So much for justice and freedom, welcome to the People's Republic of America.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      You are a freaking MORON. Go look up Anwar al-Awlaki, his son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, and Samir Khan, on Wikipedia, and then fall on your sword....
      Does the U.S. government not have the right to wage wars against enemies of our nation still? or would that offend liberals like you?
      Unfreakingbelievable the stupidity among the American populace.....

      July 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Reply
      • jp of arlington

        Correct on all counts. In addition, we need to program a missile or two to hit some ALCU offices.

        July 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  76. Glenn

    We live in a great country. Because every other MUSLIM country in the world have killed the terrorist Awlaki through The implementation of Sharia without a burp of protest. I commend my country and our president for having the balls to stop Al Qaida terrorists actively planning to kill innocent American citizens under the umbrella of extremist jihad. The parents of this terrorist should be ashamed for their support of his OVERT actions.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  77. Phunnie boy

    I'm not worried, nosiree bob! With all the money the people in the government has, they ought to be able to corrupt anybody, even a judge and jury and they probably will with the help of an already anti-Islam biased public!

    July 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Umm...these guys were planners for Al-Queda attacks on American civilians, you fool. Avoid paint chips, man, they are bad for you.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  78. rosethornne

    Much as I really despise those who were targeyed, the USA is a nation of laws. Under Darth Cheney and the Shrubbery, that concept was lost.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
    • pdiddy

      I'm interested, rose, when will exactly the current administration be responsible for its own actions. could you let us know? i would hate to blame one person for the actions of another. you know, several YEARS LATER.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Reply
    • Padraig

      The knobs come out again, it is Bush's fault. You need to look at when this occurred as well as all of the other laws and policies that have been but into practice.

      July 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • Micky

      That's old news they have been out of office for 3 years. his action the ACLU is taken happened under our current POTUS you know they guy you love who was NOT going to do what Bush did , except he is he is doing almost as much as Bush did except waterboarding. Still have GITMO , still using drones, and I say Great Mr. President

      July 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  79. matt

    If you ride with outlaws, you die with outlaws.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  80. George Patton

    I'm afraid that the fix is in, so to speak. I also know that it's politically correct to support our government in this case. In other words, I don't see how these two groups can win against the U.S. government. Besides, the M.I.C. most probably has a judge who's already bought and paid for!!!

    July 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • andres

      George, don't be so pessimistic. The ACLU has won plenty of times, and several of them have been for the good of the country, The miranda decision was one of their shinning moments, it fundamentally changed law enforcement for the good. Instead of beating suspects into a confession they now have to inform them of their rights first.

      July 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Reply
      • Mister Jones

        Yes, but this is ridiculous. Terrorists get killed. We used to hang traitors. Now he just had to wonder what that loud buzzing sound was ...

        July 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  81. ibraheem

    american and others ar fighting againts islam bt god wil b wz us always

    July 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • Name*booperguy

      Oh, in case you didn't know, your "god" is actually Satan in a clever disguise. Your holiday eid al adha is a great sacrifice to demons.
      That is why evil permeates your barbaric ranks.

      July 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
      • Reality

        Its your god which is Satan, that's why you guys steal others land and resources.

        July 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Like the way he is with Syrians right now?

      July 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  82. lucas

    I don't think the ACLU understands that in WAR, a trial is not necessary. He may have been an US citizen but he was fighting against the US.
    So according to this logic, whenever we go to war, if an US citizen decides to fight for the other force then we have to have a trial to target or kill this person? Sounds like we are trying to make a grey area out of a black and white situation.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • Jack

      Lucas, when you are at war and a U.S. citizen takes up arms for the enemy, they are *automatically* stripped of their citizenship (no trial or conviction necessary), and they lose all protections afforded under our laws.

      July 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  83. Johnny

    Barry = Dubya = War Criminal

    July 18, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
    • Mister Jones

      Do you even know what a "war criminal" actually is? Or are you just parroting some words you overheard?

      July 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
    • Padraig

      He is the south end of a parrot

      July 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  84. andres

    About time the ACLU brought this suit. Killing American citizens ought not to be done until they have had their trial and have been convicted. Not that I am sorry this terrorist is having a conversation with his god, but allowing the government to have a secret process in place that denies its citizens rights is simply wrong.

    Because of these terrorists, the US gov overreacted and we now have, secret police, secret warrants, or no warrants at all, secret courts, and of course the list wouldn't be complete without secret prisons. Is this really what we want our country to have? Not me.

    Good for the ACLU for standing up to the thugs in government.

    For the rest of you who have no problem with this, remember your reaction when you or a family member dissappears.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
    • 11B30

      andres seriously...hahahaha secret prisons and police. my advice would be not to openly support terrorism and move to pakistan to fight against the country in which you are a citizen of. If you don't do that then you will not get a J-DAM crammed down your throat. Everytime an American muslim extremist get killed by a drone an infantryman has one less bullet to use. Thank you CIA. lol

      July 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • YoungMarine

      Anwar al- walki was not an American he was fighting for the enemy that makes him a traitor and eligible to be droned.

      July 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • andres

      young marine. He was most certainly a us citizen. And if by some stroke of magic we wasn't then he could not be a traitor. US citizen fighting the US = traitor. Not a US citizen fighting the US Not a traitor.

      Your logic is faulty.

      July 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
      • Mister Jones

        Semantics Andres. Let me bottom line it for you .... Pick up a weapon against this country overseas and ya might get droned. Traitor or just plain enemy, you end up in the same box. ... Fire for effect.

        July 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
      • Sandman

        From the moment he picket up a weapon and declared himself at war with the US, it was game over. You are now a legal target and all your rights are null and void. Here, read the law

        July 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Panzer Commander

      War........two organizations fighting for their causes. There is no assumption of citizenship in war you are left, right or impartial. He made a poor decision on the side he took, in which many American citizens did before him. Not to say that it was wrong of him to make that decision, it was his right to choose a side.
      There were no special courts for American citizens that fought against the Allies during WWII. Those Americans that stood with Hitler, died with Hitler, no questions ask. Since, Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan wanted to stand by al-Qaeda they were killed by al-Qaeda.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      ANDRES, neither myself nor any of my family will ever be caught overseas with an AK-47 and plotting terrorist attacks against the American civilian populace.
      if you choose to share beds with terrorists and aid them, you can share a mass grave with the terrorists as well.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  85. max3333444555

    i dont know the specifics of this case but i do know what happens when there is no oversight of government actions.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  86. PJ

    So all we have to do is call it "justified" REALLY? And who DECIDES what is "justified"? As far as I'm concerned the Wall Street meltdown that cost America 11 TRILLION dollars justifies hunting down Financial Firm Executives and Employees and exterminating them without notice, recourse or judicial review- have we got Goldman Sachs on the drone hit list, too? Once you go down that road, you CAN'T go back...

    July 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • VladT

      Why the Occupy movement is no longer relevant, brought to you by, "PJ...."

      July 19, 2012 at 7:00 am | Reply
  87. paul2313

    Another attempt to make this dirty so called war equal, just and fair for everyone; even US traitors that fight with the enemy. Fight with the enemy and get killed or wounded? No worries, the ACLU and the CCR has got your back.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  88. JesterJames

    Enemy combatant are adult males who happen to be caught in the blast radius of the missile, as defined by Obama administration. Essentially, If we killed you, you are automatically guilty of terrorism, so no collateral damage.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Have you read about some of the things these 3 have been guilty of? Why are liberals so retarded?

      July 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  89. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Any American dealing with terrorist overseas is one thing, a target. A terrorist is a terrorist, it shouldn't matter what country he/she belongs too. If your a terrorist you have no rights. If you consort with terrorist then suffer their faith.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
    • Mister Jones

      What do you mean? He has rights!! One part of him went right over there. His left foot went WAYYYY right. And I think they might have found part of his pancreas, wait ... spleen, ... mmm ... kidney? ... well, anyway, some gooey part landed right by the donkey, and we found 3 of his right fingers. ... 60% ain't bad ... No right leg though. I think that is still in the car.

      July 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • WampeterNine

      The difficulty resides in who defines the terms. The particular instance of the cleric in this story is perhaps fairly clear cut. But there are a million shades of gray in the continuum of the term "terrorist" (which is often defined along the lines of "one who uses force to achieve political goals", a definition that looks a bit scary in the mirror), and some are not so clear cut. So, then, who decides? It is not at all an easy question.

      July 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  90. Brandon

    So the ACLU basically backs up AQAP? Anwar was a national security threat, who tried MULTIPLE times to bring "jihad" to the US. Whats next? I bet the ACLU will file a suit for the Bin Laden Family. What sillyness. Good rids to you Anwar and the rest of your "brothers."

    July 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  91. melvinslizard

    The ACLU would do well to remember that this guy was a TRAITOR. Traitors don't get a second chance.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • tom

      Its about rule of law which is what our country is all about. Its not about the traitors. Why are people so dumb?

      July 18, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply

    well terrories are not supposed to be alive.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  93. Death to Traitors

    So what is new? The ACLU was founded by 3 communist loving lawyers in 1925. They hate God and hate Democracy. they make lots of money trying to defeat American rights every chance they get. I say kill the Traitors if they carry out attacks on our Military or any U.S Citizen for their delusional religious beleifs....

    July 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
    • tom

      You made that all up on the spot, or got it from Rush-o-fatso?

      July 18, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  94. Name*kabassu

    Terrorists are enemy combattants they want to kill us and we supprise them with a drone if you want kill us we will do you like we did OSAMA .

    July 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  95. Fari

    First i am Persian, but US is where my love is. This is so stupid if you fight against my country abroad by means of terroisum you shall be gone. His son was obviously in it to else what he was doing in with his father when he could have sit is ass her in USA. For ACLU you are out dated remember 9-11. His parents well consider he got express ticket to heaven! 🙂

    July 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
    • melvinslizard

      Saeed's a momma's boy. He like's the "milk" from male camels best...

      July 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Thank you, FARI, and we are glad to have to here with us. Hopefully the future holds peace and liberty for both regions.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  96. saeed

    im laughing 1 usa soldier got killed today im laughing 3 isreali turist got blown up today what a great day the sun is shining high on the sky today.

    July 18, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • USA Citizen

      Go back to the stone age, don't let your parents brainwash you with their ignorant mentality. Especially if you live in the USA or Britain, go back to your country if u hate civilized cultures. Go back to honor killings, killing in the name of allah, using women as slaves, etc......

      July 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • asda

      says the representative of the "religion of peace"

      July 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • Johnny

      Barry, like Dubya, will NOT be traveling to Europe after his term is up. He's a War Criminal now. Due process was not followed. Sorry.

      Barry will be vilified on posters in future European peace marches.

      July 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
      • tom

        Your little nicknames for presidents is annoying and absurd.

        July 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • melvinslizard

      Keep typing, we're confirming your coordinates right now. The missiles should arrive momentarily...

      July 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • Name*booperguy

      Your English is bad, and your god you worship, Allah, is Satan in clever disguise. I feel sorry you belong to this evil cult.

      July 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • YoungMarine

      Gods not real raghead

      July 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
      • tom


        July 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • Mister Jones

      Well, 1 U.S. soldier is worth you and all of your countrymen combined, so I guess you actually are coming out ahead. He actually had a future, and we thank him and his family for his sacrifice. No one will miss you but the goats ...

      July 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      The sun "shines high" everyday in the middle-east, bonehead, regardless of how many terrorist cowards choose to blow themselves up in public marketplaces.

      July 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • clarinet

      Your Allah is a pig.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  97. w2lucky

    ACLU and CCR obviously and openly support terrorism and those who are killing our military brothers and sisters in the Middle East. These people were terrorists way before they would consider themselves Americans.

    July 18, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
    • gohomejihaddeem

      If ACLU and CCR win this case, more jihad from US muslim will join the terrorist abroad because they have no job here, so are willing to die in drone strike and sue US government for big buck.

      July 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
    • Maya

      That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

      July 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  98. dan

    Gee I thought just a little while ago that President Obama claimed that he was the only one that decided who would be killed by a drone. Sounds like the ACLU is sueing the wrong people.

    July 18, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • booboot0805

      Sounds like another redneckk FOX watcher. Wearing an NRA and KKlan badge too! And going to church, of course!

      July 18, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • stewpidliberalfools

      booboot0805 – happy liberal fools day.

      July 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
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