The Bush Administration’s prime author of “I’m okay, but torture is awesome!” ensured himself of a lifetime of four-figured speaking fees on the right-wing chicken dinner circuit.
But that pales in comparison to what the Obama Administration was able to do for the prime author of “Fiery Death from the Sky makes ’em all love Us!”
A former Justice Department official who helped devise the Obama administration’s legal justification for using drones to kill American terror suspects overseas won Senate approval Thursday to become a top federal judge.
David Barron was confirmed by a mostly party-line vote of 53-45. He will join the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in Boston.
Barron was acting head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel in 2009 and 2010 when he authored memos explaining why the government had the constitutional authority to kill Americans in counterterrorism operations abroad, even if they were not on a battlefield.