CIA Drones

LEON PANETTA | CIA DIRECTOR: That memory of going to Arlington to bury one of my officers from the CIA, Elizabeth Hanson, is one that will be with me for a long time. They put their lives on the line to serve this country and that’s what Elizabeth Hanson did. I knew that the CIA […]

The policeman was there when I woke at dawn. He had slept outside my room, not in a chair or on the faux-leather sofa, but slumped against the door. The reason was simple. This was Dera Ismail Khan, a Pakistani town on the road to the tribal areas and their assortment of al-Qaeda terrorists and thuggish […]

By Bryan Koenig Law360, Washington (April 21, 2016, 5:29 PM ET) — A D.C. Circuit panel on Thursday allowed the Central Intelligence Agency to keep legal deliberations and summaries on targeted drone killings secret, agreeing with a lower court that the American Civil Liberties Union’s Freedom of Information Act suit is seeking classified information important […]

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     MANHATTAN (CN) — Dueling battles to uncover the CIA’s legal rationale for drone strikes on U.S. citizens crashed this week, as the American Civil Liberties Union’s unsuccessful lawsuit sank another one filed by an investigative reporter for Vice News.     The ACLU and Vice News reporter Jason Leopold have spent years trying to obtain a “white paper” […]

Government: “… may be at risk of prosecution for murder …” An influential Committee of Parliamentarians has today (Tuesday) called on the British Government to “urgently” clarify its legal position on drone strikes, warning that its policy: “may expose…Ministers to the risk of criminal prosecution for murder.” By Felicity Arbuthnot A new Report from the […]

Following an evaluation of a classified affidavit by the agency, the appeals court upheld a grant of summary judgment to the CIA. Earlier, CIA had declined for the verification of the records sought by the ACLU. As per the appeals court, “The affidavit “amply demonstrates” that the undisclosed information pertains to intelligence activities and foreign […]


Saturday, April 30 7 pm • Vets Memorial Building, Santa Cruz Theme: America’s Drone Program: The Dark Realities of Modern Warfare Drone (Tonje Hessen Schei, 2014, 79 min, USA) Intimate stories from the secret CIA drone war on terror. People living under drones in Pakistan and drone pilots struggling with killing via joysticks in the […]


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in a freedom of information suit by the American Civil Liberties Union. The Court ruled that the CIA does not have to release legal memos on targeted drone killings and does not have to disclose records identifying those who were targeted or killed. The appeals […]