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Terrorism / Awlaki Death / Law / A Discussion / Soufan Interview #1003991

CNN Evening News for Friday, Sep 30, 2011
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The threat of terrorist retaliation for the death of terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki introduced. A CNN interview by Erin Burnett held with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta about the killing of terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki. [PANETTA - says we can legally go after those who threaten the US.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; studio: Jeffrey Toobin) The legal justification for killing Awlaki, a US citizen, via the fact we are at war so an active member of Al Qaeda is fair game, how the ban on assassination is irrelevant, how there is no time limit in the legislation for war and the unlikelihood of protests about this assassination discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live in-studio discussion held with former FBI agent Ali Soufan† about the war on terrorism. [SOUFAN - talks about Awlaki as an inspirational figure and recruiting terrorists in the US and UK, how the focus shifted from Pakistan to Yemen because of Awlaki, a home grown terrorist; comments on Awlaki's influence beyond the Arabian peninsula; believes it was legal to kill Awlaki because of his role in major terrorism plots; notes his death is more important to the US, not to the Middle East.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Toobin, Jeffrey

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