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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emptywheel @nickmanes1 Ah. We're a duplex. So 2-for-1 once you get up the steps.
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bmaz @ralonzo A military Blackhawk?? I'm going to go with terrifying!
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emptywheel @kevinjonheller Nightshade. Lots of people are allergic to other nightshades, right?
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emptywheel @nickmanes1 You must have gotten tons of Treaters in the old joint. All wearing professionally made costumes?
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emptywheel @kevinjonheller Lucky for me I have a quasi open air greenhouse--even strawberry plants aren't dead yet. Picked eggplant & some peppers too
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emptywheel @nickmanes1 We do get some--neighbors even have lights up. Early to bed ones though. Think it's spillover from people treating on Heritage.
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emptywheel @kevinjonheller Was gonna make soup, on account of the incipient snow and bc spouse brought home vat of the best cream.
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emptywheel @darkuncle Gotta save the Twix and Reeses for myself, dontcha know.
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emptywheel I may have no Snickers but I just harvested a fuckton of sorrel which somehow survived about 8 frosts. #EveryTreaterGetsLemonyGreens
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bmaz @IWPCHI @carwinb @joanneleon @IsawInfo38 @calvincoolidge3 I am the wrong guy to be peddling that thou of idiotic treasonous behavior to.
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emptywheel @gideonstrumpet They always say that until they're just one tiny quid pro quo away from SCOTUS.
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emptywheel That moment when you pour out the candy and realize you somehow failed to get Snickers.
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