NEW YORK — Two New York-based civil liberties groups sued the federal government on Monday, claiming its targeted killings of US citizens overseas is unconstitutional.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed the lawsuit in US District Court for the District of Columbia. Defendants include US President Barack Obama and the CIA director.
The lawsuit was filed for the father of a US-born cleric believed to be hiding in Yemen. It seeks a court order declaring the Constitution prohibits the government's targeted killings of US citizens.
The cleric is believed to have helped inspire the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner Christmas Day. The Obama administration cited his al-Qaida role when it placed him on the CIA's list of assassination targets.
The CIA says it follows American law.