SEAL Team 6: A Big Secret, Unless Obama Wants to Brag

Having to choose between siding with the Obama administration and siding with the ACLU is tough -- but the ACLU wins this one. The ACLU sued the CIA for information about the deaths of Anwar al-Awlaki, his 16-year-old son, and Samir Khan in CIA/JSOC drone strikes in Pakistan.  The goal was to force the government to present its legal justification for targeting and killing American citizens and to establish oversight into the process, including what may have been a secret process to strip the three of their US citizenship1. The Obama administration claimed that what it did was legal and argued for secrecy based on national security.  The ACLU lost two related federal court cases against the CIA -- one in which al-Awlaki's father was deemed not to have standing to sue, and one in which the court said administration comments on the drone program were not specific enough to constitute "public disclosure" of the existence of the programs. Suddenly, however, the...(Read Full Article)

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