Staff Sgt. Nelson Cherry inspects an MQ-9 Reaper drone aircraft on Aug. 18, 2014, at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. (Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez / U.S. Air Force)
L.A. Times: White House releases part of secret drone 'playbook'
The Obama administration released a redacted version of its “playbook” for the lethal U.S. drone program, a booklet of presidential guidelines that sets legal standards for deciding who to kill, where and under what circumstances.
The 18-page document was drawn up in May 2013, after President Obama promised greater transparency and oversight on counterterrorism strikes that have targeted thousands of Islamic militants in remote corners of the globe, including Yemen, Pakistan, Libya and Somalia.
The administration quietly released the document Friday, in response to a court order in an open records lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The disclosure comes as the administration has vastly expanded the targeted-killing program, but until recently has refused to acknowledge its existence or answer questions about how targets are chosen.
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