The ACLU has filed its reply brief in the D.C. Circuit in its FOIA case against the government, which seeks information about CIA use of drones for targeted killing. I have discussed this case briefly here and here (the ACLU reply brief refers to these posts) and I will try to say more before oral argument. Jefferson Morley at Salon refers to my second post, and its tentative support for the ACLU position, as evidence of “another right-wing drone skeptic.” For the record, I am not a particular drone skeptic, and indeed have written in defense of the legality of the USG’s use of drones. But I am a secrecy skeptic, in this context and others, especially when the government manipulates secrecy rules opportunistically. It seems to me that the long-term legitimacy and efficacy of the USG’s expansive use of drones depends on maximum possible public scrutiny of their use.