CIA refuses to release drone documents

From As Salon noted in March, a D.C. federal appeals court sided with the ACLU in ruling that the CIA could no longer refuse to respond to FOIA requests about its drone programs on secrecy grounds, as the existence of the “targeted” killing program had already been publicly discussed by officials.

Despite this ruling, and a full three years since the ACLU originally filed a FOIA request for basic information on the CIA’s drone program, the agency continues to push back on making information public.

The ACLU told Salon Monday that late last week the CIA filed a brief contending that the agency can’t provide a list of documents (or even say how many there are) because doing so would disclose not just the agency’s “interest” in the targeted killing program, but whether the CIA actually carries out targeted killings.

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