Assassination of U.S. Muslim Cleric is Illegal, Immoral and Unwise
By Bill Quigley. Bill is Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Quigley77@gmail.com
Agents of the United States are openly trying to assassinate Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen, while he is in hiding in Yemen. Despite what the apologists for assassination argue this is illegal, immoral and unwise.
Assassinating Awlaki in the US would be murder, a capital crime, punishable by life in prison or even the death penalty. Morally, few would argue that agents of the FBI or the CIA could murder the cleric in the US. If it is illegal and immoral to kill a Muslim cleric in the US why would it be legal, moral or wise to do so in Yemen?