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 @nycsouthpaw Welp, whither Melgen may be the key question. Ante seriously upped against him. Does he hang tough or roll?
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bmaz Re: ECF/PACER RT @carlmalamud Redacted version of the Monday privacy breach notification to the courts. https://t.co/X1wGjI3IHs
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bmaz @dmataconis I miss Munch and Cragen far more than Stabler.
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bmaz RT @nycsouthpaw: If you don't steal $9 million from Medicare while importing foreign hotties, you probably don't need to keep a U.S. Senato…
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bmaz @hankdeanlight @yvonnewingett Welp, @DrEricMeyer is my Rep, and a pretty darn smart guy, so I believe him.
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bmaz @AllThingsHLS @EmergencyNet Sure, but when I use it that way, I am probably saying it in a, hopefully, pertinent sense.
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bmaz @AllThingsHLS @EmergencyNet My quick scan is that it's defensible by Menendez, but there is some real meat that a jury could easily bite on.
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bmaz RT @conor64: Writing at newspaper that litigated NY Times Company vs. U.S., Charles Blow casts corporations invoking 1st Amendment as new, …
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bmaz @AllThingsHLS @EmergencyNet Hey now, I stand by the veracity of that Menendez quip!
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JimWhiteGNV RT @lrozen: Historical negotiation: see Bloomberg's Jonathon Tirone, longest continuous for SoS since Camp David https://t.co/Q6hqr7HnoZ
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