Rights Groups Sue Top U.S. Officials Over Killings Of Americans In Yemen

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a suit on Wednesday on behalf of survivors of Americans killed in Yemen by U.S. counter-terror attacks. “The killings violated fundamental rights afforded to all U.S. citizens, including the right not to be deprived of life without due process of law” as enshrined in the Fifth Amendment, alleged the suit. At issue are the deaths of alleged terrorists Anwar Awlaki, Abdulrahman Awlaki, and Samir Khan. The suit names as defendants Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, C.I.A. chief Gen. David Petraeus, special operations head Admiral William McRaven, and Joint Special Operations Command head Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel.