White House to give senators targeted killing documents
March 5th, 2013
11:44 AM ET
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White House to give senators targeted killing documents

(CNN) – 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.”

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  1. robert Jay

    If you go overseas and imply / support / promote and endeavor to harm the US in any way – you are a fair target – if on the other hand you do not wish to be a target use your god given brain / shut up and support the best country in the world in efforts to help the world – not destroy it over sensless religions and archaic behaviors!

    March 5, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. sonny chapman

    Now I'm SURE that Repub. Senators, like McCain & Graham will use this info in a responsible way & not try to make any Political Hay against the Commander In Chief during this Ongoing War against America by Islamic Radicals.

    March 5, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I wouldn't trust Republicans with that intelligence, either. They'd stop a drone attack just for the thrill of it. Their only priority is to smear Pres. Obama's legacy.as much as they can. Republicans are committed to nothing else.

    March 5, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. chilly g

    graham and mccain will do anything to smear the president,now all the president is trying to keep america safe from
    enimies of the state, like donald trump and peoples like grover norquist.

    March 5, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    ...just as long as the Republicans in Congress remember who's Commander-In-Chief, and that they are not second guessers with a duty to deny or grant permission to carry out missions.

    March 5, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. The REAL Truth...

    As long as the info is provided AFTER the fact, so the GOP can't continue their Grand Obstructionist Policy.

    They'll do anything to make the POTUS look bad. That's going to backfire big time in 2014/16 unless they can re-invent themselves. No amount of blubbering from Graham, McCain and Imhofe over the unfortunate Benghazi incident is going to change that.. Hope they come up with a candidate that MIGHT earn my vote – unlike the last one who felt it was "their turn". See what arrogance breeds ?

    March 5, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Ind.

    Privacy is a thing of the past unfortunately.

    March 5, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    No due process of the law? Hey Atty. Sniffit, Esq.... gonna chime in?

    March 5, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Wilson

    Why would DHS need 2,700 MRAPs? Are they expecting to have to navigate mined roads in this country?

    March 5, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair observed:

    No due process of the law? Hey Atty. Sniffit, Esq.... gonna chime in?
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    No one complained when they targeted and killed that guy who had kidnapped that kid and hid in a bunker. Crickets.

    March 5, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Wilson

    Why would DHS need 2,700 MRAPs? Are they expecting to have to navigate mined roads in this country?
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    A better question would be why is it that DHS is comprised of roughly 45 sub-agencies and employess close to 500 contractors with contracts worth at least $100 million. DHS has quietly become a second DoD with a budget that will come close to $200 billion this year, which is more than double what China [#2 behind US in military spending] spends on its' military each year.

    March 5, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Ind.

    The fact is democrats want the government to run their lives. It's obvious.

    March 5, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Ind.

    The fact is democrats want the government to run their lives. It's obvious.
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    The fact is the democrat base is incapable of running their own lives. It's obvious.

    March 5, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Getoverit

    @Rudy NYC
    …just as long as the Republicans in Congress remember who’s Commander-In-Chief, and that they are not second guessers with a duty to deny or grant permission to carry out missions.
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    Ummm.... Yeah, it's called checks and balances.....

    March 5, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Ind.

    Fair is Fair – Agreed

    March 5, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Hmmmmm.... not a word from Sniffit. Must be a busy day in land court.

    March 5, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Getoverit

    @Rudy NYC
    …just as long as the Republicans in Congress remember who’s Commander-In-Chief, and that they are not second guessers with a duty to deny or grant permission to carry out missions.

    Ummm.... Yeah, it's called checks and balances.....
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    Just as long as it remains checks and balances, not an exercise in dictating policy. Attack Iran's nuclear program, now!

    March 5, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Wilson

    @Rudy NYC

    Wilson

    Why would DHS need 2,700 MRAPs? Are they expecting to have to navigate mined roads in this country?
    --–
    A better question would be why is it that DHS is comprised of roughly 45 sub-agencies and employess close to 500 contractors with contracts worth at least $100 million. DHS has quietly become a second DoD with a budget that will come close to $200 billion this year, which is more than double what China [#2 behind US in military spending] spends on its' military each year.
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    Hmmmm, a "civilian" military as well armed as the actual military?

    March 5, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |