Judge dumps suit for info on use of drones to kill

By PETE YOST | September 9, 2011 | 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought government information about the reported use of unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists.

The CIA turned down the Freedom of Information request from the American Civil Liberties Union. The spy agency refused to admit or deny that it had any relevant records and said that merely confirming the existence of material would reveal classified information.

The judge in the case, Rosemary Collyer, rejected the ACLU's argument that former CIA Director Leon Panetta had officially acknowledged the agency's use of drones.

The news media for years has detailed the use of drone aircraft in operations targeting suspected terrorists in Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere.