White House Capitulates to Benghazi Truthers Rather Than Coming Clean on Targeted Killing

The other day, I explained that the Administration would be forced either to cede to Republican demands for Benghazi talking points and other truther demands or release a full accounting why and in which countries it has conducted targeted killing.

It decided to capitulate to the Benghazi truthers rather than tell the Intelligence Committee what kind of targeted killing it has been doing.

Rather than agreeing to some Democratic senators’ demands for full access to the classified legal memos on the targeted killing program, Obama administration officials are negotiating with Republicans to provide more information on the lethal attack last year on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, according to three Congressional staff members.

The strategy is intended to produce a bipartisan majority vote for Mr. Brennan in the Senate Intelligence Committee without giving its members seven additional legal opinions on targeted killing sought by senators and while protecting what the White House views as the confidentiality of the Justice Department’s legal advice to the president.

[snip]

The administration is currently in discussions with Republican members of the Intelligence Committee about providing the trail of e-mails that were the basis of “talking points” from the intelligence agencies regarding the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, which killed the American ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans. Such a concession would probably win at least some Republican votes for Mr. Brennan.

I get that the Benghazi truther demands are, at this point, pointless. I get that the President would rather cede to a bunch of  nutcases  from the Republican party than Senators from his own party.

But what does it say that this information on targeted killing–which the Administration should provide to the intelligence Committees under the National Security Act, by law, in any case–is more precious than a bunch of partisan hackery the Republicans have been pursuing since September.

There must be some reason the Administration would rather kowtow to sensationalized requests from Republicans rather than commit to the transparency it’d take to get 2 Democrats and a Republican to vote for Brennan.

But no reason for doing so would be respectable.

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+3Email to someone

14 Responses to White House Capitulates to Benghazi Truthers Rather Than Coming Clean on Targeted Killing

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
Emptywheel Twitterverse
emptywheel RT @CatoEvents: Speakers for the @CatoInstitute Surveillance Conference include @JuliaAngwin, @jackgillum, & @emptywheel #CatoSpyCon http:/…
2mreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @TheDirtySports: Here's Jameis Winston sexually assaulting a ref https://t.co/thi1XQfi7R
4mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @OKnox What kind of dope schedules a big scoop during Benghazzzzzzzsnore? @Ali_Gharib
4hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz Lunch at the Beeline Cafe in Payson. Mmmmmm!
5hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @laRosalind @emptywheel Guillotine
5hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @boulderdrop Well, as I said, I don't feel comfortable in Cabelas, and I'm an affluent white. I think it's a cultural issue first & foremost
6hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @BrentHalonen1 Yup. Sort of like, "why would you carry all your food in freeze dried form when it's here for the taking?"
7hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel RT @TimothyS: Here's where you can find my FDL book salon with @JamesRisen and PAY ANY PRICE today at 5pm EST: http://t.co/9R98Kaa3qW
7hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @BrentHalonen1 But there's a kind of hyper-competence hunters have that even avid backpackers don't coincide with. So that's source, I think
7hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @BrentHalonen1 I'm pretty comfortable in typical white male midwestern culture: I don't have kids, drink beer, played rugby, watch football
7hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @BrentHalonen1 Mostly I think they were in their element and everything about us made it clear we weren't. No unfriendliness tho (it was WI)
7hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @BrentHalonen1 I know fair amount of women who were raised and trained into hunting culture, not even the rich kind. But I grew up in burbs.
7hreplyretweetfavorite
February 2013
S M T W T F S
« Jan   Mar »
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
2425262728