Targeted Killing

D.C. District Court Dismisses Journalist’s Drone Lawsuit

By Gordon Ahl
Thursday, September 26, 2019, 3:56 PM

A judge in the District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit brought by an American journalist challenging his alleged placement on a U.S. government “kill list.” The man’s belief that he is on the list stems from what he describes as multiple aerial bombings targeting him while in Syria. The judge dismissed the case because of the government’s invocation of the “state secrets privilege” so as to not disclose classified information needed to establish the man’s prima facie case. The judge’s opinion is available here and below.