The families of three U.S. citizens killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen last year have filed suit against the U.S. government. The lawsuit accuses Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, CIA Director David Petraeus, and two military commanders of unlawfully killing Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan in a drone strike, and then al-Awlaki’s teenage son, Abdulrahman, two weeks later. Filing the lawsuit on behalf of the victims’ families, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights say the assassinations were carried out with “vague legal standards, a closed executive process and evidence never presented to the courts.” In a video released in conjunction with the lawsuit’s filing, Abdulrahman’s grandfather, Nasser al-Awlaki, called for justice in his murder.
Nasser al-Awlaki: “A small boy being killed by an American drone away from his home, away from his family, and he didn’t get even the best burial we could have hoped for because his body was cut into pieces. So, for me and for my wife and my whole family, we were really in a very sad situation, and we are still suffering until today. So I hope that any American will look to what happened to my grandson as [an] injustice.”