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 @HanniFakhoury I wonder what they will find?!?!
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emptywheel @bradheath Or maybe it's just a sign they're getting better at writing themselves immunity.
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emptywheel @bradheath I'd believe the urgency more if the IC weren't writing a still more ridiculous exigent circumstances clause into USAF.
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JimWhiteGNV RT @BurritoBrosShit: Damn, Cinco De Mayo falls on a Taco Tuesday. Holy fucking shit.
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emptywheel @shannynmoore Murka likes pretty ladies from Alaska.
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emptywheel @stephenlrosen Some guy in Manchester calling himself Wanksy was having success drawing the penises. Plus, ours are very long.
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JimWhiteGNV @Pedinska And I just enjoyed a couple of warm cookies. They were perfect!
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emptywheel @stephenlrosen Short version: They won't be chaining just on your "phone calls," but also on Skype, iMessage, Hangouts.
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JimWhiteGNV Yes. By all means, let's have a Chair of Joint Chiefs who has no budget awareness. https://t.co/wH8u1qvr2m
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