Obama Administration Debating Targeted Killing Of American Terror Suspect Overseas

Source: U.S. debating targeted killing of American terror suspect overseas (CNN, Feb 11, 2014):

The Obama administration is in high-level discussions about staging an operation to kill an American citizen involved with al Qaeda and suspected of plotting attacks against the United States, a senior U.S. official tells CNN.

The official, who declined to disclose any specific information about the target or the country the suspect presides in, was confirming information first reported by The Associated Press.

The debate about whether to undertake a mission is being held with various commanders in the U.S. military, as well as the U.S. national security agencies. The discussion centers on the risk involved and the importance of the target.

Before military force against an American is approved, there must be an imminent danger and no reasonable prospect of capturing the target. Ultimately, the President would need to sign off on the decision.

The U.S. has targeted an American before, most notably Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a key member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who was killed by a U.S. drone in 2011. Another American, Samir Khan, was killed in the same strike, though he was not the target of the operation. Khan was behind al Qaeda’s English-language Inspire magazine, which aimed to influence jihadis and wannabe jihadis around the world.

1 thought on “Obama Administration Debating Targeted Killing Of American Terror Suspect Overseas

  1. Who the hell do these bastards think they are? Suspected is now grounds to kill other Americans as well as foreign folk? Doesn’t anyone realize how much power this SOB has grabbed, and I read someplace 55% suspicion is enough to sweep up anyone, civilians included, by the army. They can hold them for years without charges or any due process……thanks to Obama’s favorite section of NDAA…..the same section the congress and the courts tried to remove without success.
    This is outrageous, soon, the jerks will be beating on anyone’s door, and hauling them away using “suspicion” as grounds.
    This nation is becoming a dictatorship….we are one small step from military dictatorship right now thanks to Obama’s NDAA section.
    But, they would not impeach bush, they sure won’t do it to anyone else……unless someone who wanted to serve the people got in…..and that will never happen. Thank the supreme court and Citizens United ruling for that.
    This is beyond disgusting. I cannot believe Americans can sit and do nothing……what a gutless, fat, weak bunch of losers have sprung up……….it is revolting.
    Cannibals elect cannibal kings…….

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