Federal Judge Rules Public has No Right to Information on Targeted Drone Killing

Nick McCann
Courthouse News
April 17, 2014

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The Department of Justice does not have to disclose documents related to a targeted drone strike that killed U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011, a federal judge ruled.

The First Amendment Coalition sued the Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information Act in 2012.

A drone strike in September 2011 killed U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki, a propagandist for al Qaeda, in an attack that President Obama called a “success” that was a “tribute to our intelligence community.”

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