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September 30th, 2011
10:29 PM ET

Video: How does U.S. justify killing a citizen?

Anderson Cooper talks to Jeffrey Toobin about the legal issues involved in the killing of cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.


Filed under: Jeffrey Toobin • Terrorism • War on Terror
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  1. Birger Nenzen

    I cannot understand why there is a debate about killing an American terrorist abroad, who has committed his life to destroy USA,
    Death penalty is legal for grave crimes by Americans in America. What's the difference???

    October 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  2. Ted Harazda

    Re: Awlaki vs. Hellfire missle....he may have been an American citizen, but he also was a traitor. In past wars, traitors were executed. It has something to do with aiding and abetting the enemy. As the saying goes, "War is Hell". The gloves are off and you do what you have to do. Another religious fanatic who felt the murder of U.S. citizens was OK unceremoniously goes up in a puff of smoke. I have no sympathy.

    September 30, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  3. Rob, Houston, Tx

    Look, it's not difficult to understand. American-turned-terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki relinquished his US citizenship, planned attacks against the homeland thereby becoming a military combatant and therefore became a free target. End of debate!

    September 30, 2011 at 10:43 pm |