Court: CIA Can't Say There's No Drone Program
ACLU records request alive once more.
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2013 2:30 PM CDT
In this Feb. 7, 2013 file photo, CIA Director nominee John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – The CIA can't just pretend its drone program doesn't exist to avoid releasing its records, a federal appeals court ruled today, reviving an ACLU lawsuit to obtain them. The CIA had rejected the ACLU's Freedom of Information Act request, saying it couldn't confirm or deny that the records existed, but the DC Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that argument, given that multiple government officials and the president himself have clearly acknowledged the program.

"There comes a point where ... courts should not be ignorant as judges of what [they] know as men," Judge Merrick Garland wrote in his opinion, quoting from a 1949 Supreme Court case. But it could still be a while before the ACLU gets the records; the decision simply sends the case back to trial court, where the CIA can try other arguments, Reuters explains.

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Invince
Mar 16, 2013 11:41 PM CDT
Here is the data: a drone flew out of its tent, vertical take off, sped at Mach 0.5 to coordinate so and so,It observed one Taliban wearing suicide vest, and masturbating ! The drone man got furious and zapped him with laser x203, yag wag alla burqa ran just begore this incident towards him with tarok, Fathima, Omari fukar,rahmn, her chilndren only to perish together..god is great
Invince
Mar 16, 2013 11:23 PM CDT
Who wants the document, the aljazeera?, CNN Muslim channel or the RT bitter TV? All to twist the facts, sprinkle it somewhat and feed the hatered, well here it is :a drone has eliminated 500 enemies plotting and shooting on us and already had blood on their hands, fortunately it has caused a let us say, collateral damage of 20 percent., the collateral damage of the human bomber that we are dealing with has been 100 percent. The new drone will fly 24/7 hard to see, and will eliminate more and more of the enemies.
driveronewon
Mar 15, 2013 11:32 PM CDT
HEY....! Who the hell is in charge ? Huh.What is the big secret anyway. Just release the dam documents. Your going to black out all the information anyway. S.W.T. F.! I t`s not like we wont eventually see them anyway.And here is a news flash for the adminastration We the people are not committing crimes against humanity .But than again it only takes one bad apple to ruin the whole bunch. Just remember it works both ways,JACK.