Dianne Feinstein Commits the Drone and/or Targeted Killing Fallacy

I’m not sure whether Dianne Feinstein is this dumb, or this exchange — from follow-up questions to John Brennan’s confirmation hearings — is just an effort to trick people like Rand Paul into believing that the Administration doesn’t believe it can kill imminent threats in the US.

Could the Administration carry out drone strikes inside the United States?

The Administration has not carried out drone strikes inside the United States and has no intention of doing so.

Obama offered a similar answer in a Google hangout last night, so this must be a developing authorized line.

There has never been a drone used on an American citizen on American soil.

The white paper that has everyone so worried about drone strikes in the United States is titled — and is about — “Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a U.S. Citizen Who Is a Senior Operational Leader of Al-Qa’ida or An Associated Force.”

Lethal is lethal, whether it comes from a drone or a gun or a poison pill.

And thus far, the Administration has fallen far short of denying that it has used lethal force — targeted killing — inside the US.

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bmaz @MasaccioEW No, probably 70% of the actual activities, lodging and tourist dollars are nowhere near Glendale.
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bmaz @armandodkos @rickhasen @ThePlumLineGS @CitizenCohn Let me amend that: I think it very much ought lose, hope it will, but who knows AMK+JGR?
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bmaz @armandodkos @rickhasen @ThePlumLineGS @CitizenCohn I disagree. I think it should+will lose, but not absurd argument.
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bmaz @rickhasen @ThePlumLineGS @CitizenCohn And not a lick of it will influence the Supreme beings.
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bmaz @rickhasen @ThePlumLineGS @CitizenCohn I agree. Both sides are flailing with impertinent args. as to legislative intent/history. It's silly.
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bmaz @armandodkos @rickhasen @ThePlumLineGS @CitizenCohn Of course they did, they were the plaintiffs. I'm sick of it from both sides at this pt
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bmaz @rickhasen @ThePlumLineGS @CitizenCohn That statement was requested of me, it is true, and now I have made it. Finis.
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bmaz Okay, let me be crystal clear: Both sides of King debate have engaged in disingen legs intent args @rickhasen @ThePlumLineGS @CitizenCohn
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emptywheel @dametzger It was 15 years ago, before Bush and Obama started going after innocuous contacts with the press. But yes, now it'd be suicide.
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emptywheel @dametzger Yes, but Risen had properly talked to and published on Sterling's EEO claim. That's all legal.
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emptywheel Me on Uprising talking about Sterling verdict. http://t.co/bV5zEj1ZuZ "Be careful of 4:11 of phone convos--you could go to prison 30 years"
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emptywheel Thanks to @saccadst for correcting me: the CSEC program is Levitation, but maybe should be called Leviathan.
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