Court orders drone attack info must be released

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Posted: Apr 21, 2014 11:52 AM
Updated: Apr 21, 2014 12:35 PM
Source: Associated Press

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NEW YORK - A ruling in a federal appeals court says the Obama administration must release its legal justifications for killing U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism overseas with drone attacks.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the decision. The case stems from a Freedom of Information Act request from two New York Times reporters and the American Civil Liberties Union.

They sought documents from the Department of Justice in 2011 where the highly classified "targeted killing" program was discussed. A drone strike in Yemen killed Anwar Al-Alwaki, an al-Qaida leader born in the United States.

A lower court judge had said she had no authority to order them disclosed.

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