|Last week, Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born radical cleric and prominent al-Qaeda leader, was killed by a U.S. drone strike. Awlaki helped direct al-Qaeda operations, including the attempt on Christmas Day 2009 to bomb an airliner bound for Detroit and an effort in 2010 to use explosive-laden printer cartridges to blow up cargo planes bound for the United States. Although this is considered by most to be a huge victory in America's ongoing war on terror, some have raised questions about the legality of the mission authorized to kill an American-born terrorist affiliated with al-Qaeda. Earlier this year, I joined 321 of my colleagues in support of the National Defense Authorization Act, a bill that contains an important provision that reaffirms that the Unites States is at war with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces. While groups like al-Qaeda are now weaker and increasingly scattered, these groups still pose a continuing threat to U.S. national security. This legislation would ensure the U.S. military has the legal authority to continue to address the threats posed by these groups and eliminate terrorists like Awlaki. |
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