An American Teenager Killed, A Grandfather Seeks Accountability

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https://www.aclu.org/targetedkillings
https://www.ccrjustice.org/targetedkillings

Nasser Al-Aulaqi lost his grandson, an American teenager, to a U.S. drone in 2011. The ACLU and CCR are challenging the constitutionality of the U.S. government’s killing of Abdulrahman along two other U.S. citizens Anwar Al-Aulaqi, Abdulrahman’s father, Samir Khan.

The ACLU and CCR argue that the killings violated the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of due process and that courts have a crucial role to play in judging the legality of the government’s actions.

The lawsuit was filed one year ago today on behalf of Nasser Al-Aulaqi, the father and grandfather of Anwar and Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi, and Sarah Khan, the mother of Samir Khan.

The Justice Department has filed briefs seeking to dismiss the case, arguing that “political questions” and national security issues bar judicial review.

In 2010, following press reports that the U.S. government had put Anwar Al-Aulaqi on a “kill list,” the ACLU and CCR filed a lawsuit representing Nasser Al-Aulaqi challenging the government’s authority to do so. The court dismissed that suit on the grounds that Nasser Al-Aulaqi did not have legal standing to challenge the targeting of his son, and that the request for before-the-fact judicial review raised non-justiciable “political questions.” The current lawsuit raises different legal questions because it was filed after the killings had taken place.

For more, go to:
https://www.aclu.org/targetedkillings
https://www.ccrjustice.org/targetedkillings

To hear more from Nasser Al-Aulaqi, go to his New York Times op-ed:

For a summary of events over the past year relating to targeted killing, go to:
https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security-human-rights/year-targeted-killing-small-steps-forward-transparency-still-no

Transcript:

– We only target al-Qaeda and its associated forces. And even then, the use of drones is heavily constrained. – My grandson was killed on Friday at 9:00 p.m. Yemeni– Yemen time. I never thought that one day, this boy, this nice boy, will be killed by his own government for no wrong he did. How can, you know, a 16-year boy will do anything wrong against anybody? My grandson Abdulrahman was very nice boy. You know, if you look at his pictures when he was young in America, you know, it’s a picture of a good, you know, nice boy. He was born in August 1995 in the state of Colorado, city of Denver. He was raised in America when he was a child until he was seven years old. I never thought that something like this will ever happen, but it happened, and especially from the United States of America, who, only two weeks before that, killed my son Anwar. He left the capital Yemen– of Yemen, Sanaa, in order to find something about his father. He knew that his father was being targeted by the Americans, American government. He thought maybe at least he can have some contact with his father by writing to him or by talking to him if it is possible. And he was killed in a place called Azzan, which was more than 400 kilometers from the place where his father was killed. So for me and for my wife and my whole family, we were really in a very sad situation, and we are still suffering until today. So I hope that any American will look to what happened to my grandson as some injustice, and they should really talk against something like this.

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