Back in March, a federal appeals court in Washington revived a fight over the government's intent to keep secret any document about drone strikes. Ruling for the challengers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit asked a trial judge in Washington to take a second look.
Now, with the case is back in Washington's federal trial court, the challengers contend the U.S. Department of Justice hasn't budged from its earlier position in the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
"Quite remarkably…the CIA’s position on remand is not much different than it was when plaintiffs first filed this suit," American Civil Liberties Union attorneys said in court papers filed September 13. The attorneys, including Hina Shamsi and Jameel Jaffer, added: "Although the agency now acknowledges the bare, obvious fact that it possesses records about the drone program, it refuses to describe these records, or even enumerate them."