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 Its amazing how cravenly shallow American media is. They can focus all they want on "Clinton Rulinig" their puissant coverage> #StillBeShit
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bmaz @ScottGreenfield "View My Profile On Law Guru MuthaFucka!!" I seriously just fell out of my chair laughing. Where do you find these guys?
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JimWhiteGNV That's unfortunate. Get 'em tomorrow, #Gators.
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emptywheel RT @RepPeteKing: Today's Senate NSA vote is a victory for America, for freedom over ignorance and defeat for ISIS, Edward Snowden & Rand …
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JimWhiteGNV This ---> https://t.co/rqxFbGazH7 But with FIFA reform vs. FISA reform.
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JimWhiteGNV Don't you feel safer now?
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emptywheel @onekade *waving back vigorously*
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emptywheel RT @charlie_savage: The Obama admin will ask FISC for approval to restart the NSA bulk phone logs program for the 180 period envisioned by …
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emptywheel So was McConnell's declaration of victory for Edward Snowden the first a Senator has gotten his name correct?
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