Senators Want Legal Opinions on Targeting U.S. Citizens in Drone War, DOJ White Paper Not Enough

092abrennan Senators Want Legal Opinions on Targeting U.S. Citizens in Drone War, DOJ White Paper Not Enough

The
leaking last night of the Department of Justice’s memo on
targeting U.S. citizens considered “operational leaders” of
Al-Qaeda or “associated forces” revealed the
disturbing contours of the White House’s drone wars; that
strikes, even when targeting U.S. citizens, are not subject to
review outside the circles of the executive branch. The white
paper, while confirming much of the reporting on the executive
branch’s use of drones, is nothing new for some members of
Congress.
Via Fox News:It’s unclear whether that will satisfy lawmakers’
concerns. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the
intelligence committee, said in a statement Tuesday that the
document was already provided to the committee last
year. “The committee continues to seek the actual legal opinions by the
Department of Justice that provide details not outlined in this
particular white paper,” she said.With John Brennan’s confirmation hearing for CIA director coming
up Thursday, Fox News notes Feinstein is not even among the eleven
senators who sent a letter to the White House Monday warning of a
“confrontation”
if information related to the use of drones were withheld from
them. They’re seeking the same legal opinions Feinstein refers to,
which, needless to say, haven’t been leaked yet.The senators signing the letter were Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) , Mike Lee (R-Ut.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.),
 Mark Begich (D-Alaska) , Susan Collins (R-Maine), Dick Durbin
(D-Ill.), Al Franken (R-Minn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mark Udall
(D-Col.), and Tom Udall (D-M.N.).  The senators close by
telling the president they want to give him the oversight he
himself called for in 2009.The full letter, via Politico, here.

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Senators Want Legal Opinions on Targeting U.S. Citizens in Drone War, DOJ White Paper Not Enough

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