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Appeals court brings ACLU’s probe of U.S. drones targeting Americans overseas to a halt as it locks up sensitive docs 

By Barbara Ross, NY Daily News, Dec. 20, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union’s bid to learn more about U.S. drones killing American citizens abroad came to an abrupt end Tuesday when a federal appellate court in Manhattan said the nonprofit group is not entitled to any of the information it sought under the Freedom of Information Act from intelligence and defense agencies.

In 2015, District Court Judge Colleen McMahon ruled that seven of 59 documents sought by the ACLU could be made public with redactions.

Both the ACLU and the government appealed that decision and the government won.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that the seven documents must remain confidential and none of the other documents could be disclosed either.

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