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The Northerner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 01:55 PM
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9. Obama lawyers: Citizens targeted if at war with US
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. citizens are legitimate military targets when they take up arms with al-Qaida, top national security lawyers in the Obama administration said on Thursday.

The lawyers were asked at a national security conference about the CIA killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen and leading al-Qaida figure. He died in a Sept. 30 U.S. drone strike in the mountains of Yemen.

The government lawyers, CIA counsel Stephen Preston and Pentagon counsel Jeh Johnson, did not directly address the al-Awlaki case. But they said U.S. citizens don't have immunity when they're at war with the United States.

Johnson said only the executive branch, not the courts, is equipped to make military battlefield targeting decisions about who qualifies as an enemy.

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