From the Associated Press today (link):
Top national security lawyers in the Obama administration say U.S. citizens are legitimate military targets when they take up arms with al-Qaida. The lawyers were asked … about the CIA killing of Anwar al-Alwaki, a U.S. citizen and leading al-Qaida figure. He died in a Sept. 30 U.S. drone strike in the mountains of Yemen. The government lawyers … said U.S. citizens don't have immunity when they're at war with the United States. [One of the lawyers] said only the executive branch, not the courts, are equipped to make decisions about who qualifies as an enemy.
John M Greco
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