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The Obama administration has sought to block the release of documents related to its use of robot drones to strike suspected terrorists overseas, claiming that it can still not admit that the secretive programme of targeted killing exists.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the New York Times have both submitted freedom of information requests to the department of justice, the CIA and the Pentagon seeking information about the programme. They have now gone to court to try and force the government to answer those requests and release details of its activities.
However, in a motion filed just before midnight ET on Wednesday, the government asked for the cases to be dismissed, saying that to release information would hurt national security, even while still insisting it cannot admit any such programme of targeted killing exists.
"Whether or not the CIA has the authority to be, or is in fact, directly involved in targeted lethal operations remains classified," the government said in a court filing.
"The notion that the CIA's targeted killing programme is still a secret is beyond absurd. Senior officials have discussed it, both on the record and off. They have taken credit for its putative successes, professed it to be legal, and dismissed concerns about civilian casualties," said Jameel Jaffer, ACLU deputy legal director.
Originally posted by onecraftydude
How many times did they do the same thing under Bush? Where was all the hype then?
Originally posted by neo96
4 more years of lying and murder, and Obama saying "these are not the documents your looking for" in Ben kanobe's voice?
Had enough no thanks, and Obama is no jedi master only in the movies.
2012 vote the fraud and chief out!!!edit on 21-6-2012 by neo96 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by xuenchen
How does Obama spell R-E-L-I-E-F ?
The Obama Campaign is splitting at the seams.