The Obama administration feared they might lose re-election and in the summer of last year began to develop a set of rules for using drones.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday November 25, 2012 8:30 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 6, 2012 10:35 am|
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has been working to force the disclosure of documents on the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) targeted killing program, filed a response to the government, which continues to claim it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the CIA program.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday April 14, 2012 7:52 am|
The government of Pakistan has presented the United States government with a list of demands that includes ending CIA drone strikes in the country immediately. The New York Times reports the government has also called on the Obama administration to apologize for “air strikes in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.” But, based on the track record of indifference the Obama administration has shown toward a country that has been destabilized by the continued use of drones to attack “militants” or alleged Taliban and Al Qaeda targets, it is unlikely the people of Pakistan get any reprieve at all.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 29, 2012 10:45 am|
A new study out from the UK-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) provides some of the clearest accounting yet of the United States’ covert war on terror in Yemen, including the use of drone strikes. It shows that seventy-five percent of US drone attacks there have taken place since May 2011 during the instability created by the uprising in Yemen.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday August 15, 2011 2:00 pm|
The findings led Sam Zarifi of Amnesty International to declare, “The Obama administration must explain the legal basis for drone strikes in Pakistan to avoid the perception that it acts with impunity. The Pakistan government must also ensure accountability for indiscriminate killing, in violation of international law, that occurs inside Pakistan.” In fact, that is what Akbar, whom the CIA calls a spy, is trying to do: challenge the legality of drone strikes. And, clearly establishing what is legal and not legal about drone strikes is exactly what the US does not want to do, preferring to keep courts from deliberating on the issue in the same way the Bush administration worked to keep courts from deliberating on the issue of torture.