That's not surprising, given its author: Klayman is a well-known legal activist who believes that Obama was not born in the United States. He's filed "hundreds" of lawsuits against everything from the Obama administration to Judicial Watch, an organization he founded. Sometimes, those suits are at least moderately successful in court: His case challenging a portion of the NSA's surveillance practices is pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit after a federal judge issued a blistering decision in his favor.
In his latest suit, Klayman argues that the new Ebola screening procedures at five U.S. airports aren't rigorous enough to stop the transmission of Ebola into the U.S. A lot of Americans agree with him on that point, if a recent poll is any indication: two thirds of Americans would support flight restrictions from Ebola-stricken countries in the name of stopping further Ebola cases here, according to new Washington Post-ABC News numbers.
However, it seems unlikely that such a strong majority of Americans will follow Klayman's assertion as to why the administration isn't pursuing flight bans or other more drastic prevention actions.
The Obama administration's current screening strategy is actually "a reckless plan to open the door not just to Defendant Obama’s infected fellow Africans, but also American Muslim ISIS suicide terrorists who would intentionally infect themselves with the deadly disease and thus spread it widely in the United States," the complaint reads. (Klayman believes Obama is a secret Muslim, which he points out elsewhere in the complaint).
Klayman also claims in the complaint, among other things, that the defendants "have actual knowledge of a substantial risk and actuality that Ebola will be transmitted through the air to infect others." Ebola is only transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, the CDC and other international health officials have repeatedly said. There is no substantial evidence that the current outbreak, which has killed more than 4,000 in West Africa, is transmitting person-to-person through the air, or that the virus has a high likelihood of becoming airborne in the near future.
In a brief phone interview with The Post, Klayman addressed the discrepancy between his complaint's claims and the CDC's publicly-available information on Ebola transmission: "I firmly believe the CDC is not telling the truth, that [Ebola] can be transmitted through the air," he said.("The CDC knows that airborne transmission of Ebola is likely, but has lied to the American people, at the direction of Defendant Obama, to the contrary," Klayman wrote in the complaint.)
Klayman argues that he has standing to sue the government in this particular case because he was "exposed to the Ebola virus" while flying into Newark airport in New Jersey. Klayman says he was on a plane flying into the airport when the CDC held a news conference on the new airport screenings. He watched the news conference while in flight, he added.
During that news conference, Klayman said, a CDC spokesperson called Newark airport a "high risk" airport for Ebola contraction, due to the relatively large number of West African travelers who pass through the airport compared to others in the country.
When asked whether he believes he is currently at risk of becoming symptomatic with the Ebola virus in the next several days due to his travel through Newark, Klayman responded, "I don't know." He referred further questions on the degree and specifics of that perceived risk to the language in his complaint.
When asked how it is possible for Newark airport to contain the Ebola virus at all, when there are no confirmed cases of symptomatic patients in or traveling through the airport, Klayman responded, "I don't believe the government."
The suit also makes mention of the current enterovirus D68 outbreak among American children. Klayman's complaint alleges that the current spread of what appears to be a particularly severe strain of the common seasonal illness originates with "illegal immigrant children who crossed the Mexican border this summer," and "carried the disease when the Obama administration scattered them throughout the United States."
Klayman's claim that the Ebola outbreak is part of a potential terror plot against Americans is not new. However, several experts have pointed out in recent weeks that Ebola, as far as diseases go, is a pretty terrible choice for biological warfare in a country with an adequate health-care system, in part because of its relatively low transmission rate. In other words, it would take quite a lot of work to turn Ebola into even a moderately effective biological weapon, something that no one has done to date.
Of course, if one believes that the Ebola virus is secretly airborne and its transmission characteristics are the subject of a massive government cover-up in the name of aiding terrorism, then all that information is moot.
The complaint was filed to the U.S. District Court in D.C. For good measure, Klayman ends the complaint by requesting that Obama be referred to the Department of Homeland Security for deportation, because "he is not even a naturalized U.S. citizen and thus is in the United States illegally."