Nat Hentoff: Judge allows Obama to order assassination of U.S. citizen

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Nat Hentoff: Judge allows Obama to order assassination of U.S. citizen

On Dec. 7, the case before U.S. District Court Judge John Bates in Washington, D.C., was described by him as presenting stark and perplexing questions: Can the president order the assassination of a U.S. citizen without first affording him any form of judicial process whatsoever, based on the mere assertion that he is a dangerous member of a terrorist organization?

Bates dismissed the case, thereby greatly pleasing defendants President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and CIA Director Leon Panetta.

The plaintiff was Nasser al-Aulaqi, acting on behalf of his son, Anwar al-Aulaqi, who could not bring the lawsuit himself because he is hiding in Yemen, having been placed on a kill list by Obama that is being implemented by Gates and Panetta….

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