US journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem files Supreme Court petition over 'kill list' lawsuit
Lawyers say case raises questions about legality of US air strikes and an American citizen's right to due process
Umar A Farooq, Simon Hooper
Middle East Eye
September 21, 2021
Bilal Abdul Kareem, an American journalist based in opposition-held northwestern Syria, is petitioning the US Supreme Court to review his case accusing the government of placing him on a "kill list", and alleging that he was consequently targeted five times by US strikes in 2016.
The petition is the latest development in a years-long legal battle between the United States government and Abdul Kareem, and calls on the Supreme Court to decide whether a lower court erred in its dismissal of his case.
"What our case is really about is: can the United States kill a US citizen without due process, on the basis that its desire to execute its own citizens is a state secret?" Tara Plochocki, legal counsel for Abdul Kareem, told Middle East Eye.