Let’s put it this way... If Abdulrahman REALLY ( emphasis ) had no ties to terrorists and terrorist organizations, his family has basis for suing the government.
Simple justice tells us that our government cannot do this.
That is of course, up to the courts to decide based on evidence presented.
The question however is this — WHAT IF, Like Al-Awlaki, Abdulrahman DID help terrorists? Would it be illegal for the US government to target him?
During the War of 1812, the United States Navy engaged a number of British warships and merchant ships in combat. Aboard these British ships were a number of U.S. Citizens, natural born and naturalized, who had been forcibly impressed into British service. A number of these U.S. Citizens invluntarily and voluntarily serving with the British were killed and wounded in these naval engagements. Are we to understand that you are now arguing that the families of these U.S. Citizens in service with the British were killed and wounded in violation of the U.S. Constitution, and perhaps their families even now are entitledd to compensatory damages?