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  •  The public hasn't seen one memo (2+ / 0-)
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    MPociask, 4kedtongue

    There are 11 of them, to the best of our knowledge. Some of them, maybe half, have been released to one committee, for a limited period of time. The Senators were allowed to read them. Their staff was not allowed.  No copies.

    There are still many that have not been seen.

    20 times they were requested from members of Congress responsible for making laws, from members of the Senate responsible for oversight.  20 requests were denied.   Not just Republicans, Democrats too, including the chair of the Senate Intel Committee. This was over a period of 2 years.  

    The existence of the program was denied while leaks were made to the press.  Brennan flat out lied about civilian casualties.  The admin is still denying the existence of the program in the courts.

    With Bob Goodlatte’s — and several other members of the House Judiciary Committee — renewed requests on Wednesday for the Office of Legal Counsel memos authorizing the targeted killing of American citizens, we have reached a milestone.

    20

    Members of Congress have asked for the targeted killing memos more than 20 times. And with the exception of the 35 members of the intelligence committees getting a quick peek without staff assistance and (presumably) a more substantial review by members of the Gang of Eight, the Administration has blown off every single one of those 20 requests.

    http://www.emptywheel.net/...


    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 10:11:35 PM PST

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    •  Thanks for bringing this stuff out (1+ / 0-)
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      4kedtongue

      There are a lot of facts that go unreported in the media and are largely unknown - this is good stuff.

      You know what I'd like to see?  US Senators have absolute immunity for things they say in Congressional debate.  I'd love for just once a US Senator to take one of those legal memos, get up, walk to the well of the Senate, and read it into the public record.  

      What the hell would they do?  Is the OLC going to physically restrain a United States Senator?

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