Politico: Court Deals Blow to CIA Drone SecrecySubmitted by father_abraham85 on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 16:28
By JOSH GERSTEIN
March 15, 2013
WASHINGTON — ...The judges found that public statements about drones from President Barack Obama, former CIA director Leon Panetta and new Central Intelligence Agency Director and former White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan made it implausible for the CIA to assert that it needed to keep secret the very question of whether it maintains any information on the subject.
“Although these statements do not acknowledge that the CIA itself operates drones, they leave no doubt that some U.S. agency does,” Judge Merrick Garland wrote in an opinion joined by Judges David Tatel and Thomas Griffith. “Given these statements by the Director, the President, and the President’s counterterrorism advisor, the Agency’s declaration that ‘no authorized CIA or Executive Branch official has disclosed whether or not the CIA…has an interest in drone strikes’…is at this point neither logical nor plausible.”
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