CIA Officials Charged with Politically Motivated Killings of American Citizens
- Category: Uncensored News
- Published on Thursday, 19 July 2012 14:30
If only tree-hugging ACLU types like Saul Alinsky wannabe Obama and their radical constitutional originalist opposition like Mitt Romney would stop stoking this issue for political gain! From Charlie Savage at the New York Times:
Relatives of three American citizens killed in drone strikes in Yemen last year filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against four senior national security officials on Wednesday. The suit, in the Federal District Court here, opened a new chapter in the legal wrangling over the Obama administration’s use of drones in pursuit of terrorism suspects away from traditional “hot” battlefields like Afghanistan.
The suit also charges that the US government violated international law by failing to take the required steps to prevent the killing of Samir Khan, the young Awlaki and other bystanders.
The first strike, on Sept. 30, killed a group of people including Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was born in New Mexico, and Samir Khan, a naturalized American citizen who lived at times in Queens, Long Island and North Carolina. The second, on Oct. 14, killed a group of people including Mr. Awlaki’s 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was born in Colorado.
It seeks unspecified damages and a public accounting by the Obama administration of these killings and its overall program of targeted assassinations. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, CIA Director David Petraeus and two top Special Operations commanders, Adm. William McRaven and Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel, are named as defendants.
Accused in the suit of authorizing and directing the strikes are Leon E. Panetta, the secretary of defense; David H. Petraeus, the director of the C.I.A.; and two senior commanders of the military’s Special Operations forces, Adm. William H. McRaven of the Navy and Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Votel of the Army.
“The killings violated fundamental rights afforded to all U.S. citizens, including the right not to be deprived of life without due process of law,” the complaint says…