Obama administration seeks to dismiss al-Awlaki lawsuit - CNN.com
But the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights -- which filed suit in August on behalf of the father, Nasser al-Awlaki -- said in a joint statement that the "idea that courts should have no role whatsoever in determining the criteria by which the executive branch can kill its own citizens is unacceptable in a democracy. In matters of life and death, no executive should have a blank check."
Anwar al-Awlaki has been linked to al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen where he is believed to be in hiding.
U.S. officials say Anwar al-Awlaki helped recruit Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines trans-Atlantic flight as it landed in Detroit on Christmas Day.