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Rachel Myers, ACLU, (212) 549-2689 or 2666;
Jen Nessel, CCR, (917) 442-0112;
David Lerner, Riptide Communications, (212) 260-5000

ACLU and CCR in Court Monday in Washington, D.C. for Arguments in Targeted Killing Case


The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the American Civil Liberties Union will be in federal court in Washington, D.C. on Monday, November 8 at 2 p.m. EST for arguments in their case challenging the government's asserted authority to carry out targeted killings of U.S. citizens far beyond any armed conflict zone who do not pose an imminent threat.

The groups filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on August 30. The lawsuit asks the court to rule that using lethal force outside of a war zone and without judicial process is illegal in all but the narrowest circumstances and to prohibit the government from carrying out the targeted killing of Anwar Al-Aulaqi except in compliance with these standards. It also asks the court to order the government to disclose the legal standard it uses to place U.S. citizens on government kill lists.

Arguments in Al-Aulaqi v. Obama, a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and CCR challenging the government's targeted killing program.

Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU, and Pardiss Kebriaei, CCR Staff Attorney, will argue for the plaintiff before Judge John Bates of the District of Columbia.

Monday, November 8
2:00 p.m. EST

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Ceremonial Courtroom 20, 6th floor (NOTE: **This is an updated location**)
333 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

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