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"Targeted' Assassination by the CIA, Where is the Legal Authority?

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Ever since the advent of the "Freedom of Information Act", we have become more aware of the clandestine activities conducted by the CIA over the years including the assassinations and coups it helped to perpetrate that contributed to the overthrow of legitimately elected leaders (presidents and prime ministers) of foreign governments.

Included in these nefarious undertakings by the "Agency" was the overthrow of Prime Minister Mossadegh of Iran in 1953, the assassination of President Diem in South Viet Nam in 1962 and the coup of President Allende in Chile in 1968, just to name a few of the CIA's more notorious plots "targeting" another country's leadership.

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Since the 1970's such "targeted" assassinations and coups, coordinated and carried out by the CIA, were officially banned by an act of Congress.

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However, earlier this year the Obama administration authorized the CIA to "target" and kill Anwar al-Awlaki, the American born Muslim cleric who is reportedly hiding in Yemen.

The father of Awlaki has brought suit against the U.S. government saying that "targeted" killings were against the U.S. Constitution. The Justice Department has challenged the suit, saying the father has no legal standing to sue and that the courts should not interfere.

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Most interestingly the Justice Department refuses to acknowledge the "targeting" program even exists! The suit remains in the hands of a federal judge who as of today has issued no ruling on the matter.

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