How Do You Get Off the US "Kill List"?

Targeted by air strike(Image: JR / TO; Adapted: WindVector, WeAre / Shutterstock)

Two journalists filed a federal lawsuit against Donald Trump and other high government officials, asking to be removed from the US’s classified “kill list” until they have a meaningful opportunity to challenge their inclusion. Now a federal judge is questioning the US government’s assertion of authority to unilaterally kill US citizens abroad.

Targeted by air strike(Image: JR / TO; Adapted: WindVector, WeAre / Shutterstock)

After the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration created a secret “kill list” to step up the targeting of alleged terrorists for assassination. The criteria for inclusion on the list have apparently morphed over three presidential administrations, yet they remain elusive.

Last year, two journalists filed a federal lawsuit against Donald Trump and other high government officials, asking to be removed from the kill list until they have a meaningful opportunity to challenge their inclusion. Both men claim to have no association with al-Qaeda or the Taliban, to have no connection to the 9/11 attacks, and to pose no threat to the United States, its citizens, residents or national security.

Kareem and Zaidan Try to Get Off Kill List

Bilal Abdul Kareem, a US citizen and freelance journalist, has survived five attempts on his life from targeted air-strikes. A Turkish intelligence official told Kareem that the US government is trying to kill him.

Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan, a citizen of Syria and Pakistan, is a senior journalist with Al Jazeera. He interviewed Osama bin Laden twice before the 9/11 attacks. Zaidan learned about his inclusion on the kill list from National Security Agency (NSA) documents leaked by Edward Snowden and published by The Intercept.

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