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Judicial Ruling Disastrous for Americans

A federal judge made a serious error recently in throwing out an important case about whether the U.S. government can kill U.S. citizens abroad without due process.

Three U.S. citizens (Anwar al-Awlaki, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, and Samir Khan) were executed in U.S. drone strikes in Yemen in 2011. Their families brought a lawsuit to obtain justice.

The government’s case against Anwar al-Awlaki was that he posed an “imminent threat” to the United States, and that it was impossible to capture him, so extrajudicial assassination was necessary.

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