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Treasury Allows ACLU Terrorist Lawsuit

From the Politico:

Treasury to allow Anwar al-Awlaki lawsuit

By Josh Gerstein
August 3, 2010

The Treasury Department indicated Tuesday it will grant two civil liberties groups a license to file a lawsuit on behalf of Anwar al-Awlaki, a militant American-born Islamic cleric who has reportedly been targeted for death by the U.S. Government.

The announcement came after the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a separate federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Treasury Department’s licensing process for providing legal services to individuals and groups subject to U.S. anti-terrorism sanctions.

For anyone who is unaware of the background of these two groups, you can read the entries for the ACLU and CFCR at Discover The Networks.

The head of Treasury’s sanctions office, Adam Szubin, said in a statement that Treasury’s policy “is to broadly authorize the provision of pro bono legal services” to designated persons who want to challenge the government in court. “To the extent that the particular legal services that the ACLU wishes to provide in this instance do not fall into any of the broad categories that are generally licensed, [Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control] will work with the ACLU to ensure that the legal services can be delivered,” Szubin said.

Naturally, the Obama administration will do whatever it can to help the ACLU here. After all, they are on the same team.

The moves could set in motion the first legal challenge to the government’s policy of deadly drone strikes against American citizens and others accused of working with al Qaeda and other terrorists overseas. As they filed their lawsuit against Treasury Tuesday, the civil liberties groups announced that al-Awlaki’s father, Nasser, had retained them to help end a series of drone strikes that appeared aimed at killing his son.

And never mind that Mr. Awlaki has declared war on the United States. And never mind that he has ordered his brain-washed minions to attack the United States on numerous occasions.

Those are his civil liberties as an American, damn it. Who are we to judge?

Anwar al-Awlaki was added to the Treasury Department’s sanctions list on July 16. ACLU and CCR lawyers said that meant they had to apply to Treasury for a license to perform legal services on the younger al-Awlaki’s behalf; they said they made the application on July 23 but didn’t get an answer from Treasury.

“Plaintiffs emphasized that the application was extremely urgent because of the nature of the action planned by the government against Mr. Awlaki,” the lawsuit said.

Yes, a terrorist’s life is in jeopardy!

In Szubin’s statement, he accused the ACLU of “significantly misleading” the public by stating that individuals or groups on the list need approval from the feds before retaining unpaid legal counsel.

“The Treasury Department has long had in place a general license that broadly authorizes the provision of pro bono legal services to or on behalf of designated persons such as Anwar al Awlaki,” Szubin wrote. “This general license allows U.S. persons to provide legal advice and services with respect to any criminal, civil, or administrative proceedings brought against the designated person, as well as any proceedings initiated on his or her behalf to challenge his or her detention or the imposition of sanctions against him or her.” …

Notice how eager the Obama administration is to allay any concerns that they might not allow terrorists and other enemies of our country to get as much free legal help as they can get. They don’t want to send the wrong message here.

Some legal authorities have questioned the government’s legal authority to use deadly force outside of war zones, particularly when U.S. citizens are the targets

And by “some legal authorities” we mean people who haven’t the slightest idea of our country’s Constitution, its laws or history. Or rather, people who pretend not to.

In a separate Freedom of Information Act suit filed in March, the ACLU is seeking information on the process the government uses to put figures like al-Awlaki on the list of individuals targeted for drone strikes or similar attacks.

Can’t they just ask WikiLeaks?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Treasury Allows ACLU Terrorist Lawsuit”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Just when you think it can’t get any goofier……..what in the F%#@!! are the shooting in their veins? They are all on hard drugs……where is the common sense?
    “THIS IS INSANE!!!!!!!”

    • hushpuppy says:

      Remember that The Won is Muslim. And if you keep that one item always in mind, everything that happens, all decisions that are made (especially stuff like Nobama bowing to the Saudi king) will make sense.

      When he was campaigning, he gave interviews in which he sang the muslim evening call to prayer. He’s quoted as saying “there’s nothing more beautiful than the evening call to prayer.” Archived in at least a half dozen Youtube vids he referred to ‘my Muslim faith’. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18VOGykrgHo)

      He ‘sang’ (in Arabic) the muslim pronouncement that he is muslim – so that all muslims worldwide would understand precisely the intent – but for Western ears he claimed it didn’t mean anything in particular.

      As a muslim, he mentioned America was filled with Christians, Jews & other unbelievers Those are the 3 categories the koran teaches are worthy of destruction. So by making that statement, he let the muslim world know he has no respect for, nor allegiance to a non-muslim America.

      Then there’s the famous vid of him with his back to the flag while the anthem is being played, his penchant for voting ‘present’ while he was still a senator.

      How about all those disparaging remarks he’s made about Christians, Christianity and God?

      Then there’s the obliterating of the term ‘muslim terrorist’ in favor of ‘made caused disaster’ and letting the muslim world know that America will change, that the new America has no quarrel with Islam…

      And on and on and on. Are you starting to see a pattern here?

      And of course his ties to ACORN, Ayers, SEIU, etc. – and the magical, mystical apology tour with the odd comment about not wanting to see America as the victor…

      Some URLs for you:

      Barack Obama’s Islamist ties to Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said and Ali Abunimah:


      Viewpoint: The Case Against Obama:


      Obama-Farrakhan Ties Are Close, Ex-Aide Says


      Darts Shot at Obama Likeness in Pa. Carnival Game


      Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright: Former Muslim


      Personally I doubt today is Bamster’s Birthday – doesn’t it seem a bit odd that Michelle is heading to Spain with her posse? Shouldn’t she be whooping it up with the Sock Monkey instead?

      Wonder if his birthday is next week – and that’s why they’re heading on yet another vacation. “Gay Head” beach. Kinda says it all.

      Last week he very quietly signed a bill that was attached to some other legislation. The Bill he signed now made it law that the Government doesn’t have to answer FOI requests. At all. Doesn’t matter who asks – whether State, Media or FOI requests for his COLB.

      Game, set and match. His background is now off limits.

      Blog while ye can me hearties – Nobama now has the power and authority to shut down the Internet:


      And his minions are now trying to figure out a way to toss out the 2 term restriction. He wants to be a President for life like Idi Amin, (another muslim) and have We the People ‘celebrate’ his birthdays with elaborate celebrations like Mugabe.

      All hail Barry Hussein Barack Dunham Obama Soetoro, Big Daddy, Betrayer of America, Conqueror of We the People, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, Dear Leader, Liar, and President for Life.

      I’ve probably forgotten a few.

      Have you studied Frank Marshall Davis’s face and Barry’s? Did you know his slut of a mother had a three-some with Frank and became pregnant? She then bedded Obama, Sr and the two made a deal: He needed American citizenship, she needed to put some name on Barry’s Birth Cert. Deal done.

      And of course Barry has never corrected the media. A misdirection is as good as a lie if it served his purpose. The Dreams of My Father was referring to Davis – another communist radical.

      Amazing what Google comes up with…

      One African dictator is as good as another I suppose….

  2. Tater Salad says:

    Three things that NOT enough people know about Islam:


    Americans better wake up………NOW…….before it is to late. It is happening as we speak in Europe and is spreading. They are using our own laws to suppress other Religions.

  3. canary says:

    ACLU will no doubt have large donations $$$ pouring in.

  4. confucius says:

    Why is the Treasury involved?

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