http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/25/world/25awlaki.html?partner=rss&emc=rss WASHINGTON The Obama administration on Friday asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit seeking to stop the government from killing an American citizen accused of ties to Al Qaeda. In a legal brief, which was filed shortly before midnight, the administration included the contentious argument that litigating the matter could reveal state secrets. The lawsuit was filed by the father of Anwar Al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was born in New Mexico and is believed to be hiding in Yemen. Officials accuse the younger Mr. Awlaki of planning attacks for Al Qaedas Yemen branch, and he is believed to be on a targeted killings list for the military and the Central Intelligence Agency. The lawsuit seeks an injunction to block the government from killing him. It contends that without an imminent threat, killings away from a combat zone are extrajudicial executions. And it rejects the notion that the United States war against Al Qaeda extends to Yemen. The "war on terror" is such an amorphous concept. I don't like the idea of the US government killing American terrorist that are outside of a war zone. Problem is, the battleground for the "war on terror" is as malleable as the concept itself. All under the guise of protecting state secrets. Call it paranoia, but I see a slippery slope.