- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Senate Republicans shot down a Democrat-inspired plan to create a new court to oversee the use of drones for attacks, saying the idea intrudes on executive powers.

“I think it’s a terrible idea,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, in a report from The Hill. The court would be “the biggest intrusion … in the history of the country” on the president’s role as commander in chief of the military.

The idea of creating a new court was brought forth last week by Sen. Diane Feinstein, The Hill reported.

Sen. John McCain’s argued against Ms. Feinstein’s plan, too, suggesting instead the drone program be moved into military hands to oversee.

“You just need to move it to the Department of Defense,” he said, in The Hill report. “We are talking about using equipment to kill people.”

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