Mike Scarcella
Blog of Legal Times
June 15, 2012

A federal appeals court in Washington has scheduled a hearing in a dispute between the American Civil Liberties Union and the Central Intelligence Agency over the government’s use of drones in targeted killings.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit set a Sept. 20 argument date in the closely watched public records dispute. The ACLU sued in Washington’s federal trial court in 2010 to press for access to any government records about the use of drones.

The CIA, however, has refused to confirm or deny the existence of a drone program, despite statements from President Barack Obama and press reports, citing senior government officials, about targeted killing. The ACLU on Wednesday, citing “immense public interest,” asked the appeals court (PDF) to expedite its review of the dispute.

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