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Tell Your Senator to Question Eric Holder on Drones!
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 4 March 2013 - 8:05pm
As US Attorney General, Eric Holder has been instrumental in keeping the Justice Department's drone memos detailing the legal justification for US drone strikes a secret from the public—and from Congress.
But on Wednesday, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will have the opportunity to question Holder on anything related to his role at the Department of Justice.
If you live in AL, AZ, CA, CT, DE, HI, IL, IA, MN, NY, RI, SC, TX, or VT, you have a Senator on the Judiciary Committee. That means you can have an influence on what Holder is asked. Don't you think Holder should have to face some questions on drones?
If so, write to your Senator today to tell him/her to demand the release of the secret drone memos and to question Holder on drones!
Here are some questions we think members of the Senate Judiciary Committee should ask Attorney General Holder:
- Will you release the Justice Department drone memos detailing the legal justification for US drone killings? If not, why?
- What are the mechanisms in place for the investigation of unlawful killings during a drone strike? What are the mechanisms for redress of such killings?
- Has the Justice Department investigated allegations of secondary drone strikes targeting civilian first responders and other extrajudicial killings, such as that of 16 year-old US citizen Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki? If not, why?
- What is the Justice Department's definition of “imminent threat”?
- Is it true that the CIA is counting every “military age male” killed in a US drone strike as a “militant”? What would this imply about CIA claims that civilian casualties have been “exceedingly rare”?
If you think Holder should have to face these questions and others, let your Senator know.
The hearing will occur at 9:30 AM Eastern Wednesday and will be streaming on the Senate Judiciary Committee website. If you have the time, watch the hearing and listen for these questions here:
Thank you for all you do to help bring about a more just foreign policy,
Megan Iorio and Robert Naiman
Just Foreign Policy
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