Release the Drone Memo!
Senator Rand Paul notified Harry Reid that he intends to place a hold on David Barron’s nomination to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals unless the Department of Justice releases the drone memo he authored justifying the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, two American citizens executed in Yemen.
The American Civil Liberties Union supports Paul’s objection, giving some Democratic lawmakers extra incentive to support a delay to Barron’s nomination, which could come to the floor in the next two weeks.
Barron, formerly a lawyer in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, penned at least one secret legal memo approving the Sept. 2011 drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki…
“The constitutionality of this policy has been the subject of intense debate in our country since its implementation,” Paul wrote in an April 30 letter obtained by The Hill.
“The disclosure of this document will not only clarify that debate, it will also allow the Senate to gain critical insight into David Barron’s judicial philosophy,” he added.
Campaign for Liberty strongly encouraged our members to #StandWithRand against drones during his famous 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination. If Harry Reid plans to bring up David Barron’s nomination for a floor vote, Campaign for Liberty is prepared to #StandWithRand again to see that the administration is forced to disclose their legal reasoning for the extrajudicial assassinations of two American citizens.