Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Rand Paul on Drone Kill List Memo: Only a Team of Lawyers Could Define "Imminent" To Mean the Exact Opposite of Imminent

Senator Rand Paul had a conference call with reporters following his remarks at the Heritage Foundation.  Slate has the summary, including this nugget:

"We're very concerned about having one person in the executive branch get together with some flash cards and decide who they're going to kill around the world, particularly American citizens," he said. "There's never been any answer from the executive branch on the killing of the 16-year old son of somebody who was an admitted terrorist. The son never was. The statement that came out, that was leaked, is particularly concerning -- the statement that the condition of an operational leader presents an imminent threat of attack to the U.S. does not require the U.S. to have clear evidence that a specific act will take place in the immediate future. One of my staff said, only a team of lawyers could define 'imminent' to mean the exact opposite. I agree completely."

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