Two journalists filed lawsuits against the United States government under the Trump Administration. They claim they were unfairly targeted by the Obama Administration and placed on a “kill list targeted for drone strikes.”
Politico reported that freelance journalist, Bilal Kareem, and former Islamabad bureau chief for Al Jazeera, Ahmad Zaidan filed the suit against the government together.
In the lawsuit, the journalists claim the Obama Administration placed them on the kill list. Now, that Trump is in office, they want to be removed.
Ahmad Zaidan says that his reasons for being on the list have to do with his extensive journalistic reporting on Al Qaeda. He also landed an interview with the infamous Osama Bin Laden.
Because of this, he alleges that he was improperly placed on the kill list as a member of Muslim Brotherhood, as well as Al Qaeda.
Kareem claimed that he was almost killed in five separate air strikes, according to Politico.
The lawsuit lists President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Defense Secretary James Mattis and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, along with other high ranking officials, as defendants.
The plaintiffs argued in the lawsuit that they were put on the “kill list” by flawed algorithms that use social media and travel to identify terrorists.
“Plaintiffs’ inclusion on the “kill list” is the result of arbitrary and capricious agency action, accomplished without due process, and in violation of the United States Constitution and U.S. and international law,” it read.
The suit argues that people should be given a means by which to fight their inclusion on the “kill list.”
“This is a very deliberate process that needs to give some access to people who deny they should be included,” the plaintiffs’ attorney, Jeffrey Robinson, told Politico.