Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Father Of Internet Imam Plans To Sue CIA : NPR

Father Of Internet Imam Plans To Sue CIA : NPR

The father of the Internet's most famous radical cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, is planning to sue the U.S. government for including his son on a CIA target list.

NPR has learned Nasser al-Awlaki hired the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights to file a lawsuit that would seek to remove his American-born son from what the CIA calls its "capture or kill" list. The lawsuit, which has not yet been filed, will mark the first time there has been a legal challenge to the CIA's target list.

Anwar al-Awlaki is thought to be a senior operative for al-Qaida's arm in Yemen, and he has been linked to both the Fort Hood shootings and an attempted bombing on a U.S. airliner on Christmas day. NPR reported last week that Awlaki's father had been in contact with U.S. attorneys to file the lawsuit.

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