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White House to provide lawmakers access
to drone memo authorizing killing of American

Washington Post, by Greg Miller

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Posted By:Toledo, 5/6/2014 4:25:34 PM

The White House pledged Tuesday to give lawmakers expanded access to memos on the legality of killing American citizens in drone strikes, a concession aimed at heading off Senate opposition to a judicial nominee involved in drafting those secret documents. The move was designed to salvage the nomination of David Barron to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st District and address growing frustration among lawmakers over the secrecy that continues to surround the administration’s counterterrorism operations a year after President Obama vowed greater transparency.


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White House to provide lawmakers access
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Washington Post, by Greg Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 5/6/2014 4:25:34 PM     Post Reply
The White House pledged Tuesday to give lawmakers expanded access to memos on the legality of killing American citizens in drone strikes, a concession aimed at heading off Senate opposition to a judicial nominee involved in drafting those secret documents. The move was designed to salvage the nomination of David Barron to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st District and address growing frustration among lawmakers over the secrecy that continues to surround the administration’s counterterrorism operations a year after President Obama vowed greater transparency.




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Posted By: Toledo- 4/30/2014 8:35:49 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Toledo- 4/28/2014 10:59:35 AM     Post Reply
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