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    U.S. Made Legal Case for Awlaki Kill

    Redaktionshinweis: PHOTO MUST BE USED IN ITS INTIRETY. NO SALES AP PROVIDES ACCESS TO THIS PUBLICLY DISTRIBUTED HANDOUT PHOTO TO BE USED ONLY TO ILLUSTRATE NEWS REPORTING OR COMMENTARY ON THE FACTS OR EVENTS DEPICTED IN THIS IMAGE. AP provides access to this publicly distributed HANDOUT photo to be used only to illustrate news reporting or commentary on the facts or events depicted in this image. +++ ARCHIV: In this image taken from video and released by SITE Intelligence Group on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites. Die Liste der Terroranschlaege, mit denen Anwar al-Awlaki in Verbindung gebracht wird, ist lang: Zwei Attentaeter der Anschlaege des 11. September 2001 sollen seinen Predigten gelauscht haben. Dem als "Unterhosenbomber" bekannt gewordenen Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab soll er die religioese Legitimation fuer seinen letztlich gescheiterten Anschlag auf ein Passagierflugzeug geliefert haben. Mit dem Amokschuetzen Nidal Malik Hasan, der wegen der Ermordung von 13 Menschen auf dem US-Militaerstuetzpunkt Fort Hood angeklagt ist, hatte Awlaki vor dessen Tat regen E-Mail-Verkehr. Zahlreiche weitere Attentaeter wurden von ihm inspiriert. Nun ist Anwar al-Awlaki tot. Wie das jemenitische Verteidigungsministerium am Freitag (30.09.11) mitteilte, starb der 40-jaehrige bei einer Militaeraktion im Jemen, was inzwischen auch von US-Geheimdienstkreisen bestaetigt wurde. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Anonymous/Site Intelligence Group/AP

    Site Intelligence Group-AP

    A secret memo circulated in the Obama administration determined that the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki would be legal only if he could not be taken alive. The memo was written roughly a year before his death. The Obama administration has so far refused to acknowledge its role in the killing. Despite an executive order against assassinations and protections in the Bill of Rights, the legal analysis of the memo still concluded Awlaki could be killed if he could not be taken alive. But the memo also does not analyze the quality of the evidence against him. The family of another American killed in the assassination said, “Was this style of execution the only solution? Why couldn’t there have been a capture and a trial?”

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