Udall: Release of Memo Would Affirm Public Has Right to Know Legal Reasoning Behind Targeting of Americans
Mark Udall, who serves on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after his office received a commitment from the Administration that it will comply with a recent federal court order and release the legal justification for the targeted killing of Americans. Udall led the effort to secure the public release of the memo.
"This is a welcome development for government transparency and affirms that although the government does have the right to keep national security secrets, it does not get to have secret law," Udall said. "I am proud the Administration appears to have heeded my call and committed to abide by a recent Second Circuit Court ruling and publicly release this memo. With this decision, I am now able to support the nomination of David Barron to the federal bench."
Udall has been a leading advocate of reining in the federal government's reliance on "secret law." He also has been one of the leading advocates of strong, independent congressional oversight of intelligence agencies.