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U.S. revoked Anwar Al-Awlaki's passport six months before death

About six months before alleged Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader Anwar Al-Awlaki was killed in a drone strike in Yemen last year, the U.S. moved to notify him that his American passport had been revoked, according to newly-released State Department documents.

Surprisingly, U.S. State Department officials appear to have instructed the U.S. Embassy in Yemen to invite the suspected terrorist to come to the embassy to receive "an important letter regarding [his] U.S. passport."


You can see their strategy was to try and administratively revoke his US passport prior to killing him, so they could avoid the touchy issue of "assassinating US citizens without trial". Wow.

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Good catch. But what about his 16 year old son?

Good point though. Coincidentally, I just posted about the enemy expatriation act in another thread. Even if American Citizens can't be detained indefinitely by the NDAA, they can easily be expatriated and then detained. Seems like Al Awlaki is somewhat of an example of this (even though I don't think the enemy expatriation act has been passed into law yet).


Precedent has been established.

Keep in mind that the amendment also excludes Americans abroad and non-US human beings.

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