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Court: Targeted killings memos can be kept secret

Federal appeals court: Additional targeted killings documents do not require disclosure

Court: Targeted killings memos can be kept secret

NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court says the U.S. government can keep secret various memos related to its legal justification for using drones to kill citizens suspected of terrorism overseas.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month, but unsealed its opinion Monday.

The decision to keep some memos secret comes after the appeals court last year ordered the U.S. government to disclose its legal justification for the drone attacks. It found that necessary because President Barack Obama and senior government officials had commented on the subject.

The ruling unsealed Monday stemmed from requests to release more documents. The Freedom of Information Act case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and The New York Times.

ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer said he strongly disagrees with the ruling.

Updated : 2021-09-17 02:20 GMT+08:00