It’s only taken several years, but the Most Transparent Administration in History (yeah, right) has decided not to appeal a federal court order requiring them to release the legal memo upon which they’ve based their authority to launch drone strikes that kill even American citizens.
The Obama administration plans to disclose a secret memo describing its legal justification for using drones to kill U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism overseas.
The Justice Department has decided not to appeal a court order requiring disclosure of a redacted version of the memo. That’s according to two administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were authorized to discuss the matter by name.
The U.S. used a drone strike in Yemen in September 2011 to kill Anwar Al-Awlaki, an al-Qaida leader born in the U.S. Some critics complained that it was illegal for the U.S. to kill American citizens away from the battlefield without a trial.
So after strongly criticizing Bush for refusing to disclose the legal rationale for torture and promising the most transparent administration in history, Obama has finally decided 5 years later to actually be a tiny bit transparent. Color me unimpressed.