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    Holder Justifies al-Awlaki Killing

    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

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    In a speech at Northwestern University on Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder gave the Obama administration’s rationale for the attack last year in Yemen that killed American-born Anwar al-Awlaki. Splitting hairs over the difference between “due process” and “judicial process,” Holder said the president is empowered by the Constitution to order the violent elimination of citizens abroad who are believed to pose an “imminent threat of violent attack” to the United States. The American Civil Liberties Union has been outraged by the attack and Holder’s justification, and said Monday: “Anyone willing to trust President Obama with the power to secretly declare an American citizen an enemy of the state and order his extrajudicial killing should ask whether they would be willing to trust the next president with that dangerous power.”

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