Obama Lawyers: Citizens Targeted If At War With US

By: AP
By: AP

Top national security lawyers in the Obama administration say U.S. citizens are legitimate military targets when they take up arms with al-Qaida.

The lawyers were asked at a national security conference Thursday about the CIA killing of Anwar al-Alwaki, 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-Alwaki 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, are equipped to make decisions about who qualifies as an enemy.


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  • by Mayor Ryan on Dec 2, 2011 at 04:14 AM
    Obama & Romney take advice from lawyers while Ron Paul takes advice from the constitution. Wake up. Get to your caucus.
  • by oh sure on Dec 2, 2011 at 12:16 AM
    ya if you are here illegally you are golden. csp doesnt want their troopers doing anything but write a ticket even if the illegal gives them a fake name, white black US citzen off with your head, you pay taxes oh pay more or die. wake up people facism is here to stay. get ready for nazi type death camps. they already have the military training to arrest civilians. TSA are gods,
  • by ML on Dec 1, 2011 at 07:17 PM
    And don't forget the mini helicopters the police are using to spy on you I mean catch terrorists. One of the ditzes on Fox asked for your comment about whether or not it's a good thing. Adding "to catch terrorists" ensures a positive response.
  • by @Wayne on Dec 1, 2011 at 07:10 PM
    And with those "Amber Alert" signs they can haul you off after the shoot out your tires! Who ever thought that that system could be also used for civilian security purposes? If that system fails being reported to news stations via facebook and twitter would be a good backup plan.
  • by santa obama on Dec 1, 2011 at 05:45 PM
    You better watch out, you better not poute, because santa obama knows when your knowdy or nice, sees you when you are sleeping, see's your textes,feels you up when your flying, see's you when you've been good or bad so for goodness sake you better vote for him.
  • by free or was on Dec 1, 2011 at 05:34 PM
    Hey tea party members were said to be terrorist. Gun owners too, church foke too. United states of facism, 1940 germany. Similarities hell yes.
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      by ML on Dec 1, 2011 at 07:18 PM in reply to free or was
      We are all terrorists. This will justify the big roundup.
  • by Wayne on Dec 1, 2011 at 02:07 PM
    I can report someone I don't like as a possible terrorist, or terrorist sponsor, the Army will show up and cart them off to Guantanamo, and I won't have to deal with that person any more. Perfect! Wait, someone could do the same to me. Not a good idea.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 at 12:28 PM
    A few weeks ago people cheered when Obama said he would bypass congress. You may not be cheering much longer. You bought and approved torture based on a phony war on terror and now you just might get to experience it yourself.
  • by AJ Location: COS on Dec 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM
    Thank our hero John McCain for co-authoring yet another bill to guarantee your loss of freedoms which passed this week.
  • by Bradman on Dec 1, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    What does the military enlistment pith say. I will defend the US and the Constitution from all enemy's, foreign and domestic.
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