Zaidan v. Trump

After five drone strikes narrowly miss him over a three-month span, American journalist reporting in Syria comes to believe that he is on a secret “kill list” compiled by U.S. intelligence services. Feds: But the court can’t hear this claim for a variety of reasons, e.g. whom the gov’t targets in wartime is a political question the courts shouldn’t interfere with. District court: The lawsuit may proceed. Plaintiff has a “birthright” as a U.S. citizen to make his case for why he shouldn’t be “targeted for legal action.” Indeed, his interest in not getting killed is “uniquely compelling.” (H/t: Owen Barcala.)

Tags: 2018, Administrative Law, District Court for the District of Columbia, Political Question

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