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WH: lawsuit for cleric would reveal state secrets

Sep 25th, 2010 AIII Courts

An article published by the Associated Press on Saturday, September 25, 2010, entitled "WH: lawsuit for cleric would reveal state secrets," discusses the Obama administration's invocation of the state secrets privilege which would effectively end a civil lawsuit on behalf of U.S. born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an alleged terrorist believed to be hiding in Yemen. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he was invoking the military and state secrets privilege on information concerning military operations in Yemen, procedures the Department may use in those operations, and information regarding counterterrorism efforts in the region.

According to the Associated Press, al-Awlaki has "become the most notorious English-speaking advocate of terrorism directed at the United States." In addition to the killings at Fort Hood, al-Awlaki is accused of preparing the Christmas Day bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. 

Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller notes, "It strains credulity to argue that our laws require to disclose to an active, operational terrorist any information about how, when and where we fight terrorism."

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