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Targeted Killing

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

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.

Intelligence Oversight

Schiff Seeks Answers from Barr Regarding Whistleblower

The Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff published a letter written to Attorney General Bill Barr regarding the Department of Justice’s involvement in the whistleblower complaint. Schiff characterized the intervention as “improper and contrary to both a clear, categorical statutory directive and longstanding IC whistleblowing practices” before demanding the formal legal opinion, allegedly from the Office of Legal Counsel related to the complaint.

Executive Power

New Filings in President Trump’s Lawsuit against Manhattan District Attorney

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York released a series of documents revealing that President Trump is suing both Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and the accounting firm Mazars over an attempt to obtain his tax returns. The complaint filed by lawyers of Trump suggests the request is unconstitutional since a sitting President cannot be criminally investigated. The court documents can be found here and below.

Surveillance: Snowden NSA Controversy

The Justice Department Sues Edward Snowden

The Justice Department has filed a civil complaint against Edward Snowden alleging that he violated non-disclosure agreements he signed with the CIA and NSA by both giving interviews he and failing to submit his new book for pre-publication review. The government is also suing the publisher of Snowden’s book to ensure that no profits from book sales are transferred to Snowden before the suit is resolved. The complaint can be read here and below.

Immigration

National Injunction Ordered for Trump Third Country Asylum Rule

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has reinstated a nationwide ban on a Trump administration rule barring people at the southern border from seeking asylum unless they had previously done so in Mexico or another third country. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had previously ruled that the preliminary injunction against the rule was only enforceable within the Ninth Circuit.

Civil Liberties and Constitutional Rights

Procedures for Terrorist ‘Watchlist’ Unconstitutional, Court Rules

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled that the federal government's Terrorist Screening Database program, commonly referred to as the terrorist "watchlist," does not provide "constitutionally adequate" process for Americans included in the database. The Court instructed both sides to submit briefs about what they each view as the appropriate relief. The ruling can be found here.

 

 

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