According to AP, on Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to court over Pentagon’s controversial drone policy after the US government refused to release documents related to the drone attacks, also known as the “targeted killing” program.
Judge Merrick Garland told government lawyer Stuart Delery, "If the CIA is the emperor, aren't you asking us to say that the emperor has clothes even when the emperor's bosses say it doesn't?"
The ACLU has tried to file Freedom of Information Act requests to get information on the CIA's drone program.
However, the US spy agency has refused to respond to the requests, saying that it cannot confirm the existence of the program.
The assassination drone program is cloaked in secrecy, even as officials up to President Obama admit it exists.
On January 31, 2012, Obama confirmed that the United States uses the pilotless aircraft in Pakistan and other countries.