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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys for the father of a cleric trying to inspire Muslims to kill Americans argued in court Monday to keep his son from being targeted for death by President Barack Obama.
U.S. District Judge John Bates heard arguments in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki on the same day that the American cleric made a renewed call for jihad against U.S. citizens in a video posted on extremist websites.
Al-Awlaki, believed to be hiding in Yemen, was linked to last year's shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, and the attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound flight last Christmas. In the latest video, he said all Americans are the enemy and Muslims should kill any of them at will without consulting anyone.
Al-Awlaki's father, Nasser al-Awlaki of Yemen, has sued Obama to stop the targeted killing of his son, who was born in New Mexico, and to force the government to disclose standards for determining whether U.S. citizens can be targeted for death. He argues that the president's authority to unilaterally declare a targeted killing violates his son's constitutional right to due process.
"What the government is doing is imposing the death penalty without trial," said Jameel Jaffer, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, which along with the Center for Constitutional Rights has taken al-Awlaki's case.
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