Obama takes Bush’s secrecy games one step further

58

The ACLU is suing the Obama administration under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), seeking to force disclosure of the guidelines used by Obama officials to select which human beings (both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals) will have their lives ended by the CIA’s drone attacks (“In particular,” the group explains, the FOIA request “seeks to find out when, where and against whom drone strikes can be authorized, and how the United States ensures compliance with international laws relating to extrajudicial killing”). The Obama administration has not only refused to provide any of that information, but worse, the CIA is insisting to federal courts that it cannot even confirm or deny the existence of a drone program at all without seriously damaging national security; from the CIA’s brief in response to the ACLU lawsuit.

You can view all Predator Drones FOIA – Legal Documents here.

(updated below)

Follow Glenn Greenwald on Twitter: @ggreenwald.
More Glenn Greenwald

SOURCEOriginally published at Salon by Glenn Greenwald on 3/26/2012
Previous articleNew Counterterrorism Guidelines Gives Authorities Vast Access to Private Info of Innocent Americans
Next articleEd Asner on Electric Politics: ‘The Future Is Not What It Used To Be’

Glenn Greenwald is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law.

He is known for a series of reports on British and American global surveillance programs based on documents disclosed by Edward Snowden. Greenwald and the team he worked with won both a George Polk Award and a Pulitzer Prize for those reports.

His book, No Place to Hide, is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. Prior to co-founding The Intercept, Glenn’s column was featured in the Guardian and Salon. You can find more at The intercept.