Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CIA Must Divulge Some Drone Data

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CIA Must Divulge Some Drone Data

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WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court held Friday that the Central Intelligence Agency must disclose, at least to a judge, a description of its records on drone strikes in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The 19-page opinion by Judge Merrick B. Garland rejected an effort by the Obama administration to keep secret any aspect of the CIA's interest in the use of drone strikes to kill terrorism suspects abroad.

It does not necessarily mean the contents of any of those records will ever be made public, and it stopped short of ordering the government to acknowledge publicly that the CIA actually uses drones to carry out "targeted killings" against specific terrorism suspects or groups of unknown people who appear to be militants in places like tribal Pakistan. The Obama administration continues to treat that fact as a classified secret, though it has been widely reported. But the ruling was a chink in that stonewall.

Judge Garland, a former Justice Department official, is considered a potential nominee to the Supreme Court.

GOP job training bill passes

WASHINGTON -- A divided House on Friday passed Republican legislation that would end or consolidate dozens of duplicative job training programs with the objective of making it easier for people to gain the skills they need in a changing job market. It's a goal that President Barack Obama says he shares while disagreeing with the way the GOP would do it. The bill also would increase employers' influence in who gets job training grants.

While there is widespread agreement that current federal job training programs are inefficient and overlapping, Democrats voted overwhelmingly against the bill, saying they were locked out of the bill-writing process and that the bill would eliminate programs tailored to serve veterans, the disabled, ex-prisoners and other underserved populations. Democrats also said giving employers more power over programs came at the expense of unions, community colleges and other stakeholders.

The vote was 215-202, sending the bill to the Senate, where the Democratic majority is likely to take a different approach to job training reform. …

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