December 30, 2011

Murder by drone

Drones have become the weapon of choice that the Obama administration uses to kill people. Under his administration, their use has expanded far beyond what was done before.

In the space of three years, the administration has built an extensive apparatus for using drones to carry out targeted killings of suspected terrorists and stealth surveillance of other adversaries… But no president has ever relied so extensively on the secret killing of individuals to advance the nation's security goals.

But while the administration tries to persuade us that all the people killed are 'suspected terrorists', the whole program is shrouded in secrecy and they refuse to divulge what standards are used to order the summary deaths of people in other countries. But while the publicized deaths of civilians or Pakistani troops are shrugged off as rare mistakes, there are reports that in a large number of cases, there are suspicions that they don't even know whom they have killed. And of course, everything is shrouded in secrecy, so no one can question them.

What Obama has created is an unaccountable global assassination program that murders anyone that he decides deserves to die. But at the same time, it also murders people who are not targets, people who just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, including US citizens. As the Washington Post report above states, "CIA and military strikes this fall killed three U.S. citizens, two of whom were suspected al-Qaeda operatives." So two were merely 'suspected' of terrorism, which is the new standard that justifies summary execution. But what about that third person who wasn't even suspected? As long as such people are poor and powerless, who cares if they die?


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"CIA and military strikes this fall killed three U.S. citizens, two of whom were suspected al-Qaeda operatives."

According to whom? The CIA and other US government people?

To the ignorant, Rachel Corrie "aided terrorists" when in fact she was working against the war crime of collective punishment as practiced by Israel. Also let's not forget the US military's attempt to cover up the death of Pat Tillman by friendly fire and the deliberate destruction of his body to hide evidence. And then there's the deliberate targeting and killing of journalists in Iraq by the US military for refusing to be "embedded" and censored by the US government, or the bombings and shootings of Red Cross and ambulance personnel.

Given the track record of the US government, it wouldn't surprise me if the "suspected al-Qaeda operatives" weren't even involved in terrorism. It's easier to lie and call them "operatives" than to admit killing aid workers or people visiting their relatives. The US government - with either party in control - simply cannot be trusted to tell the truth.


Posted by P Smith on December 31, 2011 03:14 AM

I must say that sometimes there are absolute evils and if we can get terminate those threats without any risk to our soldiers I am for it.

I don't think this is an Obama vs other administration thing. I think this is technology coming to age now. The next president will use them also!

Joe Ventura

Writer for Lap Band Website Blog

Posted by Joe Ventura on January 3, 2012 06:30 PM