A big and unexpected partial victory for the ACLU’s case against the CIA on drone secrecy. The Court ruled:
In this case, the CIA asked the courts to stretch [a secrecy] doctrine too far — to give their imprimatur to a fiction of deniability that no reasonable person would regard as plausible. “There comes a point where … Court[s] should not be ignorant as judges of what [they] know as men” and women… We are at that point with respect to the question of whether the CIA has any documents regarding the subject of drone strikes.
The case is now headed back to the lower court.
The DC Circuit opinion is here: