Obama Administration Stokes Embers of GOP Interest in Oversight by Blowing Off Targeted Killing Hearing

Boy, what fucking idiots run DOJ (and, presumably, the Obama Administration generally).

As I noted when I first remarked on Bob Goodlatte, the new Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, showing some interest in the targeted killing memo, a perceived slight on Congressional prerogative (and perhaps a suspicion that paranoid levels of secrecy tends to indicate misconduct somewhere) seemed to get mainstream Republicans like Goodlatte interested in the targeted killing program for the first time.

And then HJC decided to hold a hearing on targeted killing, something solidly within their jurisdiction. And then Goodlatte invited a representative from DOJ, something they get to do to conduct oversight.

And then DOJ blew off HJC.

Whoo boy! You had Trey Gowdy, of all people, out there endorsing the idea of killing people in everything from hot pursuit to stand your ground contexts, but still demanding oversight in this case. You had Republican after Republican (and more Republicans did show up, even given the committee imbalance) show an interest in the proper limits to a President’s authority to kill. Republican after Republican (plus a few Democrats, including John Conyers) complained that the Administration had blown off the committee.

I mean, I’ll take it. If the Administration wants to stupidly give the GOP a reason to make this a political issue, I’m happy to finally have someone pushing for oversight in this area.

But I can’t imagine what kind of stupidity drove the decision to blow off the committee.

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emptywheel @conor64 Well, at least the reaction is the same as it has been for the rest of us being spied on, though it shouldn't be.
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bmaz Seriously, neither one of these worthless pukes should be in a Ferarri. http://t.co/YoR4NB3RxI
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bmaz @ddayen With a name like that, a history like that AND A BULLET, he must be a terrorist, right?
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bmaz .@ddayen Late to this, but I feel your pain brother. I grieve for Kash'n'carry w/you. Has he climbed above the sex offender listed guy yet?
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emptywheel @AngryVoters Nope. They can't legally spy on the Senate in the US either. @MarkUdall
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JimWhiteGNV @BarryLeBrock What, they couldn't afford 1968 Bob Gibson?
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bmaz @MatthewWBenson @yvonnewingett @GEVetter @FredDuVal No answer from anyone? Really? Its very germane question. What say you @RepRaulGrijalva?
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JimWhiteGNV RT @RaysBaseball: Great pitcher, even better teammate. #Rays thank you, @DAVIDprice14. http://t.co/nk8cnLyzXT
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JimWhiteGNV C'mon, man. Why should Brennan resign. He only let the CIA spy on the Senate. It's not like he fucked his biographer or anything.
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bmaz @HanniFakhoury I am your institutional memory Fakhoury!
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bmaz @emptywheel YES!! How often, and in how many ways, do I have to express that??? #ComeOnMan
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bmaz @HanniFakhoury You CANNOT tell me you are shocked by this. I was though the 90s, but the record is too bad and too long now for that.
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