From: "Rand Paul" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: May 15, 2014 9:36 AM
Subject: Show us the memos
To: "Mark Rauterkus" <email@example.com>
President Obama has nominated David J. Barron, the author of two memos justifying the killing of American citizens abroad without trial, to the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
Recently, I wrote Harry Reid a letter declaring my intention to place a hold on his nomination until the drone memos I knew existed were made public.
Since that letter, it has been disclosed that at least 11 memos on targeted drone killings exist.
While we don't know if Barron wrote all of these memos, we do know that his classified memos provided the President a legal argument to target an American citizen for killing without them being convicted by a jury and without due process.
A vote could come at any time so I hope you'll sign your emergency "Defend the Bill of Rights" fax directive right away.
I'll circulate your directive to my colleagues to urge them to demand the Obama administration come clean and release all of these memos.
Our Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights to due process and a trial by jury do not vanish on the legal whim of any administration.
If an American abroad commits an act of treason then they should be tried and convicted.
If an American commits an act of treason on a foreign battlefield then they may be lawfully killed.
But this administration needs to answer why they believe in noncombat situations the executive branch can assume the role of the judicial branch and play executioner.
That's why I hope I can count on your immediate action.
A vote could come at any time so I hope you'll complete your emergency "Defend the Bill of Rights" fax directive right away.
Thank you for your action.
Senator Rand Paul
P.S. President Obama has nominated David J. Barron, the author of two memos justifying the killing of American citizens abroad without trial to the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
So please sign your emergency "Defend the Bill of Rights" fax directive immediately and help me urge my colleagues to demand the Obama administration release all of their memos outlining their legal arguments for targeting American citizens for assassination by drones.
After you complete your directive please chip in a contribution so I can continue to lead the fight in the Senate to defend the Bill of Rights.
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