The New York Times is represented in-house by David McCraw, assistant general counsel, who said the paper also would appeal.
"We began this litigation because we believed our readers deserved to know more about the U.S. government's legal position on the use of targeted killings against persons having ties to terrorism, including U.S. citizens," McCraw said in an e-mailed statement. "Judge McMahon's decision speaks eloquently and at length to the serious legal questions raised by the targeted-killing program and to why in a democracy the government should be addressing those questions openly and fully."
A Justice Department spokesman said the agency was reviewing the opinion.
Brendan Pierson writes for the New York Law Journal, a Daily Report affiliate.