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  •  Holder serves at the pleasure of the POTUS (30+ / 0-)

    So does Geithner.  If the POTUS didn't like what they were doing, he would, presumably, replace them.  I know that you understand this point, but it occasionally gets forgotten here.

    I found this MoJo piece on targeted killing linked by Greenwald to be fascinating.  These closing 'grafs were most fascinating in the context of this diary:

    More oversight, though, is not enough, Anders says—regular Americans should know what kind of conduct could lead to them being blown up by a deadly flying robot. "There's a fundamental due process right to know what it is you can't do in order to avoid getting killed by the order of the president," he says. Grassley, at least, seems to be on board with that idea—a Grassley aide said the senator would "support making a redacted analysis public if possible." A Feinstein aide also suggested a push for public disclosure could follow Congress getting access to the legal analysis of targeted killing. And even if the OLC memo is only shared with Congress, broadening access to the document makes it more likely that it could be leaked to the press.

    Now that legislators on both sides of the aisle are pushing for more disclosure, the chances the public will learn about the contents of the targeted killing memos has increased dramatically. Still, Anders says, it's easy to see a difference between how hard Congress pushed for George W. Bush-era memos authorizing torture and the deferential stance Congress adopted during the first three and a half years of the Obama administration.

    "When it was Bush, it was much easier to get [legislators] to demand public disclosure," Anders says.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 06:48:33 AM PDT

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