Glenn Greenwald, a lawyer and commentator, said there had been no effort to indict Awlaqi on any crimes and that there was “substantial doubt” about his involvement in any attacks against the US.
“He was simply ordered killed by the president: his judge, jury and executioner,” Greenwald wrote on Salon.com.
“What’s most amazing is that its citizens will not merely refrain from objecting, but will stand and cheer the US government’s new power to assassinate their fellow citizens, far from any battlefield, literally without a shred of due process,” he added.
Last year, civil liberties groups filed a lawsuit on behalf of the cleric’s father, Nasser al-Awlaqi, saying it was unconstitutional for the CIA to order the death of an American citizen without due process.
A judge dismissed the case without ruling on the merit of the suit, saying he could not legally block the government from targeting Awlaqi, but said it raises serious constitutional issues.
“Can (the president) order the assassination of a US citizen without first affording him any form of judicial process whatsoever…
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