On Monday, the D.C. Circuit conducted a nearly hour long oral argument in the case of Kareem v. Haspel, a case that asks whether an American citizen has the right to know whether they are being targeted for assassination, when the government claims that fact is secret.
Judge Patricia Millett expressed a great deal of concern that the Justice Department's argument would effectively mean that the government could assassination anyone, anywhere in the world, at its discretion. Judge Karen Henderson, by contrast, was skeptical of Kareem's claims, calling his fear of being the target of a drone strike a "spectacular delusion of some sort of grandeur." The outcome of the case is likely therefore to come down to Judge Sri Srinavasan, who served as Deputy Solicitor General early in the Obama Administration.