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The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has launched a new project – Naming the Dead – that aims to identify those killed in drone strikes.
As part of its investigative work the Bureau has been tracking and recording drone . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Naming the Dead: a new project by Bureau of Investigative Journalism identifies people killed in drone strikes
Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says some of the unlawful killings executed by US drone strikes in Pakistan “could even amount to war crimes”.
The post Amnesty International calls US drone strikes in Pakistan “war crimes” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
By: Cora Currier and Justin Elliott | ProPublica, Feb. 26, 2013: The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director has prompted intense debate on Capitol Hill and in the media about U.S. drone killings abroad. But the focus has been on the targeting of American citizens – a narrow issue that accounts for a . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: The Obama Drone War Doctrine We Still Know Nothing About
Earlier today, a confidential Justice Department memo was released revealing the legal justification for the US government to conduct drone strikes on American citizens abroad. The most controversial part of the memo, which has caused a group of bipartisan senators to immediately demand answers from the Obama administration, is where it states that the government . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: US government reveals memo on killing of Americans abroad using drone strikes
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A friendly reminder from TAFKAdnA:
The Obama administration claims that the secret judgment of a single ”well-informed high level administration official” meets the demands of due process and is sufficient justification to kill an American citizen suspected of working with terrorists. That procedure is entirely secret. Thus it’s impossible to know . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney On Targeted Killing: Lethal Strikes On U.S. Citizens ‘Legal,’ ‘Ethical,’ And ‘Wise’
Beneath: Jeremy Scahill
Jeremy Scahill is the national security correspondent for The Nation magazine. His book Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army (2007) chillingly details the emergence of private contracting in the course America’s War on Terror.
His new book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield is . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: ‘Dirty Wars’: Jeremy Scahill and Rick Rowley’s new film exposes the underside of covert American war
The US has an estimated 310 million guns (2009 figure) in circulation and second amendment rights that codify the right to bear arms. Gun ownership is part of the American way… even though back in 1791 the law makers who ratified the Bill of Rights didn’t have the Bushmaster AR-15 in mind, much less . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Obama sheds tears for Sandy Hook victims: silent on child victims of drone strikes
The U.S. has long condemned the use of the “double tap” in terror attacks. This is a follow-up explosion that kills or injures rescuers, security and medical personnel and civilians who crowd to the scene of the original bombing. The double tap also includes the targeting of mourners attending funerals for victims of the . . . → Read More: Drive-by Planet: Drone strikes: civilian casualties much higher than claimed