Left and Right Unite Against Pro-Drone Lawyer’s Judgeship

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The Guardian reports: “Senator Rand Paul and the American Civil Liberties Union are threatening to derail the confirmation of one of President Barack Obama’s nominees to the federal judiciary until the Obama administration releases secret legal opinions the nominee wrote blessing the killing of US citizens without trial in extreme circumstances.

“David Barron, formerly of the Justice Department’s office of legal counsel, is set to receive a Senate floor vote as early as this week to sit on the United States court of appeals for the first circuit. …

“But both Paul and the ACLU, which on Monday sent a letter to senators about Barron’s nomination, are using what leverage they possess to highlight a lack of disclosure around the drone strike memos Barron penned.”

MARCY WHEELER, emptywheel at gmail.com,

Wheeler is an independent journalist who covers national security and civil liberties. She writes in various outlets including her emptywheel.net blog. She just wrote the piece “Why you should take Rand Paul’s latest stand on drones seriously.”

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