Secret legal reasoning

I don’t usually agree with Rand Paul, but I do here:

US Senator Rand Paul said in a letter to Senate leadership that he will block the confirmation of David Barron to a seat on the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit until the White House releases controversial memos Barron drafted that justified the US military’s unchecked killing of American citizens overseas.

“The constitutionality of this policy has been the subject of intense debate in our country since its implementation,” Paul, a Republican candidate for president in 2016, said in a letter to US Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader.

“The disclosure of this document will not only clarify that debate, [but] it will also allow the Senate to gain critical insight into David Barron’s judicial philosophy.”

Barron would not comment when reached by telephone Monday. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Barron was acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel at the US Department of Justice from 2009 to 2010 when he justified the killing of American citizens, the legal basis for the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American who allegedly recruited for Al Qaeda in Yemen.

If Barron was the one who wrote the memo that allows the murder of US citizens then, at the least, we should be able to see those memos. And yes, I mean murder–there was no court case and no real oversight, this was state murder.

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