Obama administration invoked state secrets in targeted killings lawsuit

On September 25, 2010, the Obama administration filed a brief with the District Court for the District of Columbia, which asked the court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the legality of targeted killings of terrorism suspects. The administration argued that the proceedings involved "non-justiciable political questions" that could divulge state secrets. The lawsuit was originally brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and revolved around the attempted assassination of radical Muslim cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaqi.

Learn more about the legal controversy over targeted killings from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary on the issue from Jim Hanson on JURIST Hotline.

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