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Federal court rejects CIA's denial of drone strikes as 'fiction'
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times, March 15, 2013
Posted: March 25th, 2013

A federal appeals court said [on March 15] that it will no longer accept the fiction from the Obama administrations lawyers that the CIA has no interest in or documents that describe drone strikes. It is neither logical nor plausible for the CIA to maintain that it would reveal anything not already in the public domain to say the Agency at least has an intelligence interest in such strikes, said Chief Judge Merrick Garland. The defendant is, after all, the Central Intelligence Agency. The decision gave a partial victory to the American Civil Liberties Union in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that seeks documents on the governments still-secret policy on drone strikes. The three judges ... rejected the administrations position that it could simply refuse to confirm or deny that it had any such documents. A federal judge had rejected the ACLUs suit entirely, but the three-judge appeals court revived the suit. The agencys non-response does not pass the straight face test, Garland concluded. He cited public statements from President Obama, new CIA Director John Brennan and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that discussed the use of drone strikes abroad. In this case, the CIA has asked the courts ... to give their imprimatur to a fiction of deniability that no reasonable person would regard as plausible, Garland wrote in ACLU vs. CIA. ACLU attorney Jameel Jaffer called the decision a victory. It requires the government to retire the absurd claim that the CIAs interest in targeted killing is a secret, he said. It also means that the CIA will have to explain what records it is withholding and on what grounds it is withholding them."

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