ACLU lines up behind Paul on new filibuster threatSubmitted by ron_paul_is_awesome on Fri, 05/16/2014 - 20:23
Posted by CNN's Jason Seher
May 16th, 2014 04:36 PM ET
The American Civil Liberties Union echoed Sen. Rand Paul's call to delay a Senate vote Friday on a controversial judicial nominee.
A day after the Kentucky Republican announced his intention to stall the nomination of David Barron to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the ACLU backed his threat to stage a talking filibuster until President Barack Obama's administration turns over legal opinions on much-debated drone program to senators.
"The Senate should have access to all these opinions," said Chris Anders, senior legislative counsel for the ACLU.
A former acting assistant attorney general for the Obama administration, Barron authored at least two controversial classified opinions justifying the potential use of a drone strike against American citizens.
While the Obama administration did make those two memos available to senators, the group says federal officials are playing a linguistic shell game.
The ACLU says the White House only posted opinions dealing with the targeting of U.S. citizens. That would leave at least seven other still unshared opinions from the Office of Legal Counsel dealing with the targeted killing program according to the group.
They believe at least one of those opinions was authored by Barron.