Secrecy: FOIA

ACLU Releases Letter in ACLU v. CIA Regarding Disclosures in Gen. Hayden's New Book

By Cody M. Poplin
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 4:51 PM

Yesterday, the ACLU filed a letter in the ongoing case ACLU v. CIA regarding the release of former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden's autobiography, which according to the book's description, covers Hayden's role in the CIA's targeted-killing program, the expansion of that program, and the campaign's effectiveness in countering terrorism. The ACLU notes "the book was presumably subject to pre-publication review by the CIA" and while they "do not contend that the publisher's description of General Hayden's book constitutes an 'official acknowledgement,'" the ACLU does argue that the disclosures are "part of the backdrop against which the Court should evaluate the agency's claims" that disclosure of the legal analyses of the targeted killing program "would cause identifiable harm to national security."

You can read the full letter below: