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Two journalists claiming to be on Obama’s ‘kill list’ sue Trump

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Two journalists are suing the U.S government claiming that they are on a “kill list” targeted for drone strikes.

Bilal Kareem, a freelance journalist, and Ahmad Zaidan, the former Islamabad bureau chief for Al Jazeera, said in the lawsuit that they were placed on the list by the Obama administration and kept on by Trump administration, Politico reported.

Zaidan said he is on the list because of his extensive reporting on Al Qaida and his interview of Osama Bin Laden which caused the government to improperly name him as a member of the group and of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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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.”

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“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.

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