Targeted Killing

USG Filing in NYT/ACLU SDNY FOIA Suit Re Targeted Killings

By Jack Goldsmith
Thursday, June 21, 2012, 6:15 AM

Here is the Government’s brief in support of its summary judgment motion in response to requests by the NYT and ACLU  for records on targeted killings, especially with regard to U.S. citizens.  This is the brief for which the USG has sought and received several deadline extensions -- extensions necessitated by extensive internal deliberations that led some to think the USG might be changing its policy on disclosure in this context.  However, while on a quick read the brief might say a bit  more than had been previously acknowledged about DOD and targeted killing (I cannot yet tell), on the whole it continues the government's hard line against FOIA disclosure in this area, especially with regard to CIA.  Commentary later.