Friday, October 9, 2015

Blacked Out Pages: U.S. Government Snubs ACLU Over Targeted Killing FOIA

The United States government gave the American Civil Liberties Union the equivalent of the middle finger in response to a request for records on the “targeted killing program.” An eight-page letter from Director for National Intelligence James Clapper to the chairs of the Senate intelligence committee, Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, was disclosed. The senators were chairs during 2013 and 2014. However, all eight pages were completely blacked out. That is, except for one full sentence, which makes the response even more offensive: “We hope this information has been helpful and look forward to continuing to work with the Committee on this bill.” It is not the first time the ACLU has received this kind of response from a government agency.


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