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Critical Vote: House Judiciary to Vote on Drones Oversight 12/13

Critical Vote Alert: House Judiciary to Vote on Drones Oversight December 13

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Washington D.C. (December 12, 2012) – The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote tomorrow on H. Res. 819, a Resolution of Inquiry, introduced by Congressman Kucinich (D-OH), to finally compel the Administration to release its legal justification for drones strikes which targets American citizens and others abroad.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to meet at 10:00 AM tomorrow to consider the resolution. This vote will determine whether the United States Congress will stick up for the Constitution, Congressional oversight, and for the rights of all Americans.

According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, this Administration recently conducted its 300th drone strike. Drone strikes are estimated to have killed more than 1,000 innocent civilians. Recently it has been reported that the Administration conducts secondary strikes. The so-called process of “double tapping” includes attacks on the first-responders to the initial attack. The White House claims that strikes against United States citizens abroad are legal and points to a classified memo from the Office of Legal Counsel. The Administration would be compelled to release that memo and supporting documents under H. Res 819.

“Our strikes are creating a dangerous legal precedent that the world will emulate. From Iran to China, other nations are very close to developing comparable technology. Congress must act to ensure proper oversight and legal authority for the use of this technology.

“Targeted strikes are legal only under a very narrow set of circumstances. Strikes against United States citizens are in direct violation of the Constitution, which guarantees due process rights and the right to a fair trial. The volume of the strikes and the process of ‘double-tapping’ challenge the legality of these strikes. The Congress and the American people have a right to know what laws the Administration is relying on to conduct its drone program, and how they are being interpreted, especially against U.S. citizens," said Kucinich.

http://kucinich.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentI...

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House Judiciary Committee

Adams, Sandy [R-FL-24]
Amodei, Mark [R-NV-2]
Berman, Howard [D-CA-28]
Chabot, Steve [D-OH-1]
Chaffetz, Jason [R-UT-3]
Chu, Judy [D-CA-32]
Coble, Howard [D-NC-6]
Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]
Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-14]
Deutch, Ted [D-FL-19]
Forbes, Randy [R-VA-4]
Franks, Trent [R-AZ-2]
Gallegly, Elton [R-CA-24]
Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1]
Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6]
Gowdy, Trey [R-SC-4]
Griffin, Tim [R-AR-2]
Issa, Darrell [R-CA-49]
Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]
Johnson, Hank [D-GA-4]
Jordan, Jim [R-OH-4]
King, Steve [R-IA-5]
Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-16]
Lungren, Dan [R-CA-3]
Marino, Tom [R-PA-10]
Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-8]
Pence, Mike [R-IN-6]
Pierluisi, Pedro [D-PR]
Poe, Ted [R-TX-2]
Polis, Jared [D-CO-2]
Quayle, Ben [R-AZ-3]
Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]
Ross, Dennis [R-FL-12]
Sánchez, Linda [D-CA-39]
Scott, Bobby [D-VA-3]
Sensenbrenner, Jim, Jr. [R-WI-5]
Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21]
Waters, Maxine [D-CA-35]
Watt, Mel [D-NC-12]

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H.Res.819

Directing the Attorney General of the United States to transmit to the House of Representatives, not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution, 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.

Sponsor:
Kucinich, Dennis [D-OH-10]

Cosponsors:
Amash, Justin [R-MI-3]
Holt, Rush [D-NJ-12]
Lee, Barbara [D-CA-9]
McGovern, James [D-MA-3]
Paul, Ron [R-TX-14]

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Over.

The committee reported the resolution adversely, meaning they defeated it.

This vote is tomorrow.

Please call your Representative today.