Criticism Over Terror Suspect Killing

2:36 PM, Oct 1, 2011   |    comments
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Anwar Aulaqi

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Anwar Al-Awlaki, an American born  terror suspect was killed Friday morning in Yemen by a drone attack on his convoy, according to U.S. officials.

His death has sparked much talk over the legality of the attack. Texas Congressman and republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said, "Al-Awlaki was born here he was an American citizen. He was never tried or charged with any crime. Nobody knows if he ever killed anybody".

Paul added, "if the American people accept this blindly and casually we now have accepted of the president assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys."

American University professor Steven Vladeck specializes in international criminal law and told 9News, "The government makes the case that there were no other alternatives. That in his case they didn't have the ability to capture him and bring him to trial."

Al-Awlaki, is suspected of masterminding the foiled terror attack of the underwear bomber in 2009.

Vladeck said drone attack that killed Al-Awlaki brings could for shadow a dangerous trend of how American's suspected of terror are treated in the future.

Vladeck said, "how do we draw the line? How do we know that if the government has the authority to kill someone like Al-Awlaki it wouldn't have the same authority over U.S. citizens here in the United States."

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