U.S. Loses Ruling on Secrecy of Drone Killing of American Anwar al-Awlaki: CourtSubmitted by barracuda_trader on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 22:59
The U.S. government must turn over the legal memo justifying its killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American citizen who was blown to bits by two CIA drones in Yemen in 2011, a federal court ruled Monday.
A panel of the 2nd U.S. District Court of Appeals in New York unanimously rejected the government's argument that it could withhold its reasoning for assassinating al-Awlaki, a radical cleric born in New Mexico who it said was a senior recruiter for al-Qaeda, and another U.S. citizen who was with him on Sept. 30, 2011.
It's the first time a court has ever ordered the unveiling of a secret document supporting the U.S.'s targeting of American citizens in the war on terrorism. The American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the government's withholding of the 2010 memo, called the ruling a "resounding rejection of the government's effort to use secrecy and selective disclosure to manipulate public opinion about the targeted killing program."