Lindsey Graham: American-Born Al-Qaida Spokesman Should Be Killed ‘Without Hesitation’

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Brian Resnick
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Brian Resnick
Aug. 19, 2013, 9:13 a.m.

Adam Gadahn has the rare bio­graphy of be­ing both an U.S.-born Amer­ic­an cit­izen and a spokes­man for al-Qaida. Re­cently he pos­ted a 39-minute video call­ing for more at­tacks against Amer­ic­an dip­lo­mat­ic out­posts, of­fer­ing money for the killing of the U.S. am­bas­sad­or in Ye­men and for the deaths of Amer­ic­an sol­diers. The FBI lists Gadahn among its “Most Wanted” ter­ror­ists. He is wanted for treas­on and is worth $1 mil­lion to the per­son who aids in his cap­ture.

In March, Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s Kristin Roberts re­por­ted that no Amer­ic­ans are on the gov­ern­ment’s so-called “Kill List” of ter­ror­ists who may be tar­geted by drones (The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has made the leg­al case that it has the au­thor­ity to add Amer­ic­ans to the list.) But while Gadahn is a very vis­ible and vo­cal mem­ber of al-Qaida, the U.S. may have little in­terest in his death. Roberts re­por­ted,

Ac­cord­ing to what of­fi­cials have re­leased about the cri­ter­ia the U.S. gov­ern­ment uses, a po­ten­tial tar­get must be a seni­or, op­er­a­tion­al lead­er of al-Qaida or an af­fil­i­ated group who presents an im­min­ent threat of vi­ol­ent at­tack against the United States…. While Gadahn, per­haps the best known of the group, rose quickly in al-Qaida’s ranks, he serves as a pro­pa­gand­ist, not an op­er­a­tion­al plan­ner.

While we don’t know if any names have been ad­ded to the list in the months since, we do know one thing: Re­pub­lic­an Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham would like Gadahn to be on it.

This morn­ing, in no un­clear terms, Gra­ham pos­ted his feel­ings to Twit­ter.

[View the story “Lind­sey Gra­ham on Adam Gadahn” on Stor­i­fy]

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