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D.C. Judge Nixes Suit Against U.S. Which Put Cleric on Kill or Capture List

Judge John Bates

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. scored a little victory in the battle against terrorism.

The Washington Post reports that a federal judge in Washington tossed out a lawsuit by the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights challenging the administration’s legal right to place  Yemen cleric Nasser al-Aulaqi, who is also a U.S. citizen, on the kill-or-capture list.

U.S. District Judge John Bates acknowledged the important issue, but said the court lacked the jurisdiction to address the matter, the Post reported.

“The serious issues regarding the merits of the alleged authorization of the targeted killing of a U.S. citizen overseas must await another day or another (non-judicial) forum,” Bates wrote, according to the Post.

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