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For Immediate Release

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Published by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger on Jun 23, 2014
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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 June 23rd, 2014
Press Contacts:
Dan Lindner (Grijalva)
 (202) 225-2435 Mike Casca (Ellison)
 (202) 225-4755 James Lewis (Lee)
 (202) 225-2661
Progressive Caucus Leaders Applaud Release of Drones Memo
 WASHINGTON
Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) joined CPC Whip Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
in applauding the release of a White House memo outlining the government’s
authority for using drones to kill U.S. citizens overseas.
“With the r
elease of this memo, the American people have a glimpse into decisions made in our name where lives hang in
the balance,” said
Rep. Grijalva
. “The fact that
 American lives are on the line too should give all of us pause
. It’s time to
end the secrecy surrounding our drone policies, and I applaud
the administration’s
 move to release this
memo. It’s
a far cry from outright transparency, but it is a good first
“The American people have a right to know their government’s justification for the use
of force abroad
,”
Rep. Ellison
said. “We need to
restrict the use of drones in Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere. The American people can now learn more about a program that has claimed the lives of innocents and damaged our reputation abroad. The release of this secret memo is a victory for transparency. But more must be done to inform the public and have accountable
policies.”
 
“The
release of this secret memo is a good step toward transparency but we have a long
 way to go,”
Rep. Lee said
. “
Congress must repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which is has allowed endless war with little Congressional debate
, input or oversight.”
The Congressional Progressive Caucus has led the way on transparency in the U.S. drone program, holding an ad-hoc hearing last summer and endorsing legislation to bring the legal reasoning behind the drone program into the light.  An unredacted version of this press release is available here. 

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