March 5th, 2013
11:28 AM ET

White House to give senators targeted killing documents

By Adam Levine

The White House has agreed to provide senators sitting on the intelligence committee with additional legal opinions related to targeted killings of Americans, the chair of the committee said Tuesday.

The legal opinions, written by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), set out the justification for lawfully targeting Americans overseas who are involved in terror-related activities that threatened America or American interests. The statement from Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said the opinions would be provided “in a way that allows members to fulfill their oversight responsibilities.”

The White House had already provided some information regarding the justification to Congress.

The agreement could help assuage some senators’ concerns raised about the targeting killing program and the involvement of CIA Director-nominee John Brennan.

“I am pleased the administration has made this information available. It is important for the committee to do its work and will pave the way for the confirmation of John Brennan to be CIA director,” Feinstein said in a statement.

The committee is expected to vote on the Brennan nomination this afternoon. But Brennan’s nomination is still being challenged by several Republicans seeking other answers from the White House. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is demanding the White House respond to whether it would ever seek to use its targeted killing program to go after Americans within the U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is demanding further answers on the administration response to the attack in Benghazi. Both have threatened to block the nomination.

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      "ironic that we should help Al Queda win by destroying our own core freedoms under the pretext of "National Security".

      So Al Qaeda actually won is what you are saying? It started with the Patriot Act. That alone gives Govt ANY reasoning they need to come get you. No amount of harbored AR-15's in a stand against tyranny is going to prevent them from removing you a wooden box. AS oft-stated – if you haven't done anything wrong, you should have nothing to fear.
      However, we do have a penchant for watching and believing far too many drama/action/spy stories.

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    --------------------
    At least they seem to have stopped demanding to see Pres. Obama's birth certificate.

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      I believe Hilary Clinton was the first one to bring up the birther issue during the primaries...She was the original "birther"...Haha

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      Yet Mitch "Our objective is to make Obama a one-term President" McConnell complains bitterly over inferences about his wife being Asian?
      Much like the GOP only having a problem with spending when it's not them doing it! LOL

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    March 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Reply
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      That's fine and dandy. But we should have proof and frankly, our government can't be trusted to give us proof.

      March 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Reply
      • Seth A Drekin

        Renouncing your Citizenship to Fight alongside the enemies of your Nation is Treason and Only has one Punishment. Death. This is how it has been since the founding of this nation and this is how it should be. We did not need proof or evidence to kill the German, the Koreans, The Vietnamese or the Iraqis and we do not need Proof or Evidence to Kill Terrorist and Traitors.

        You have every right to Speak your Peace, you have every right to denounce the Actions of your government, but you do not have the right to conspire with our Nations enemies to commit mass atrocities against Americans or anyone else in this world.

        March 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
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      Oh I am sure you are just the kind of guy to help the government stuff the ovens because someone told you it was the right thing to do.. There is something called the burden of proof and a fair trial by your peers. It was a core principle of our Founding Fathers although as a nation we seem to seriously have lost our way. This isn't the country I served in the Marine Corps for anymore.

      March 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Reply

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