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Court orders US to open up on drone attacks

Published on Apr 22, 2014 6:54 AM
 
A small remote-controlled drone hovers in the sky on Feb 1, 2014 during a meet-up of the DC Area Drone User Group.The US government must make public secret papers justifying drone attacks against suspected terrorists, including American citizens, a New York federal appeals court ordered on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US government must make public secret papers justifying drone attacks against suspected terrorists, including American citizens, a New York federal appeals court ordered on Monday.

The case was brought by The New York Times and two of its journalists in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case supported by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Their request came following the drone attacks in Yemen that killed Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan in September 2011 and al-Awlaki's teenage son, Abdul Rahman, in October 2011. All three victims were United States citizens either by birth or naturalization.

Judges based their decision on the fact that the information had already been the subject of numerous public statements and speeches, particularly by President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and CIA chief John Brennan.

 
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