To: The United States Senate

Senate: Block Barron Vote Until DoJ Shares Drone Memos

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Senators should block consideration of the nomination of David Barron to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals until the Justice Department makes public all the memos Barron authored justifying the use of drone strikes.

Why is this important?

David Barron, formerly a lawyer in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, wrote a secret legal memo approving the September 2011 drone strike that killed two U.S. citizens. Now Barron has been nominated to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.

The American Civil Liberties Union is calling on Senators to delay consideration of Barron’s nomination until all Senators have the opportunity to read all of the memos Barron has written on government killing with drone strikes.

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Justice Department must make public portions of its memos justifying the extra-judicial killing of U.S. citizens with drones. But the Administration has not yet complied with the ruling.

Join the ACLU in calling on the Senate to delay consideration of Barron’s nomination until the Administration has shared the drone strike memos by signing our petition.

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