A resolution sponsored by retiring Representatives Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) requiring Attorney General Eric Holder to release all information related to President Obama’s death-by-drone program has failed to pass committee.
By voice vote on December 13, the House Judiciary Committee failed to approve H. Res. 819. The measure would have directed Holder to provide the House of Representatives “any documents and legal memoranda in the Attorney General's possession relating to the practice of targeted killing of United States citizens and targets abroad.”
Prior to the Judiciary Committee hearing, Congressman Kucinich explained the purpose of the resolution:
Thus far, the administration has refused to release the memo or any documents, despite multiple requests from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. Intelligence operations that have virtually no transparency, accountability or oversight raise serious legal questions, particularly when such programs may constitute possible violations of international law or the Constitution of the United States.
On December 4, three members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to AG Holder requesting specifically “any memoranda setting forth the legal and factual justifications for the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki,” as well as for the use of drones generally in the administration’s “War on Terror.”
Awlaki was killed by a drone attack on the command of President Obama on September 30, 2011.
Awlaki was placed on the president’s infamous kill list after he was suspected of influencing the Ft. Hood shooter, Major Nidal Hassan, as well as the so-called Underwear Bomber, Umar Abdulmutallab. No official charges were ever filed against the American-born cleric. The government never attempted to apprehend him and try him for his alleged atrocities. He was placed on a proscription list and murdered.
The hit reportedly went down like this: On September 30, 2011, while Anwar al-Awlaki had stopped to eat breakfast, two unmanned Predator drones fired Hellfire missiles killing him.
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Photos: Reps. Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich