Terror chief defends targeting US citizens

(AP) — A top counterterrorism official on Wednesday defended the government’s right to target U.S. citizens perceived as terror threats for capture or killing, citing the example of the renegade al-Qaida-linked cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, would not say whether al-Awlaki is on a U.S. targeting list, but a senior U.S. counterterrorism official has previously confirmed that the cleric is among terror targets sought to be captured or killed.

Understand what this means: the government of the United States now claims the right to assassinate American citizens it deems a threat to national security without judicial or congressional oversight. — PID

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