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    White House official confirms US carries out drone strikes.

    White House official confirms US carries out drone strikes | Fox News

    "Brennan's remarks amounted to both a defense and a public embrace of drone technology as the leading edge of the White House's clandestine war on terrorists from Yemen to Somalia.
    Brennan says targets are chosen by weighing whether there is a way to capture the person against how much of a threat the person presents to Americans.
    Targeting Al Qaeda members with lethal force by drones is legal, Brennan said, comparing it to targeting Japanese and German commanders in World War II.
    He said use of drones was ethical because "only military objectives may be intentionally targeted and that civilians are protected from being intentionally targeted."
    Brennan also called targeted strikes "wise," saying they kept both U.S. personnel out of harm's way, and that their precision munitions helped avoid civilian casualties caused by the kind of weapons dropped by jets. "

    "Brennan's comments did not directly acknowledge the CIA's covert campaign in Pakistan, which has caused friction with the Pakistani government. Pakistan on Monday condemned a U.S. drone strike that killed three suspected Islamist militants in the northwest, the first since the country's parliament demanded that Washington end the attacks two weeks ago. In the past, Pakistan had publicly condemned strikes, but privately allowed them in specific geographic "boxes," namely in the tribal areas.
    "We continue to believe, based on the information available, that the program itself is not just unlawful but dangerous," said Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project. "It is dangerous to characterize the entire planet as a battlefield," Shamsi said.
    A protester interrupted Brennan's remarks, shouting criticisms of the drone program. Her last words as she was dragged from the conference room by a security guard were "shame on you.""


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    I really want to investigate just why the ACLU reckons targeted drone strikes are illegal. That they would oppose them is axiomatic, but I'm curious about their reasoning.
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    Re: White House official confirms US carries out drone strikes.

    There is a significant defect in the current Drone War. It has no basis of legitimacy under either American or International law.

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    Re: White House official confirms US carries out drone strikes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    There is a significant defect in the current Drone War. It has no basis of legitimacy under either American or International law.
    As if America cares.










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    Re: White House official confirms US carries out drone strikes.

    Quote Originally Posted by onestepfurther View Post
    White House official confirms US carries out drone strikes | Fox News

    "Brennan's remarks amounted to both a defense and a public embrace of drone technology as the leading edge of the White House's clandestine war on terrorists from Yemen to Somalia.
    Brennan says targets are chosen by weighing whether there is a way to capture the person against how much of a threat the person presents to Americans.
    Targeting Al Qaeda members with lethal force by drones is legal, Brennan said, comparing it to targeting Japanese and German commanders in World War II.
    He said use of drones was ethical because "only military objectives may be intentionally targeted and that civilians are protected from being intentionally targeted."
    Brennan also called targeted strikes "wise," saying they kept both U.S. personnel out of harm's way, and that their precision munitions helped avoid civilian casualties caused by the kind of weapons dropped by jets. "

    "Brennan's comments did not directly acknowledge the CIA's covert campaign in Pakistan, which has caused friction with the Pakistani government. Pakistan on Monday condemned a U.S. drone strike that killed three suspected Islamist militants in the northwest, the first since the country's parliament demanded that Washington end the attacks two weeks ago. In the past, Pakistan had publicly condemned strikes, but privately allowed them in specific geographic "boxes," namely in the tribal areas.
    "We continue to believe, based on the information available, that the program itself is not just unlawful but dangerous," said Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project. "It is dangerous to characterize the entire planet as a battlefield," Shamsi said.
    A protester interrupted Brennan's remarks, shouting criticisms of the drone program. Her last words as she was dragged from the conference room by a security guard were "shame on you.""


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    I really want to investigate just why the ACLU reckons targeted drone strikes are illegal. That they would oppose them is axiomatic, but I'm curious about their reasoning.
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    Wow. So we can target whoever our government deems "the enemy" no matter where they are in the world. Downtown London? I guess so, since we don't have to declare war on a country in order to drone them. This doesn't sound right to me. I know we live in a different world now...I know terrorists hide in the hills...but this doesn't sound right.
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    Re: White House official confirms US carries out drone strikes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    As if America cares.
    I guess there's no reason to be surprised any more. But the lack of a basis in law for the Drone War nevertheless makes those who ordered it war criminals.

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    Re: White House official confirms US carries out drone strikes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    I guess there's no reason to be surprised any more. But the lack of a basis in law for the Drone War nevertheless makes those who ordered it war criminals.
    Oh god don't say that. It's about the only thing Obama has done that I have stood behind.

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    Re: White House official confirms US carries out drone strikes.

    Why not use drones against gangs in US cities? I mean, if it's OK in other places because civilian casualties are at a minimum, wouldn't they be perfect to put an end to the Crips, the Bloods, the MS 13, all of the other violent gangs that infest every city and town in America?

    That's a war too, right?
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    Re: White House official confirms US carries out drone strikes.

    Quote Originally Posted by dontworrybehappy View Post
    Oh god don't say that. It's about the only thing Obama has done that I have stood behind.
    Any military program should have a basis in law if it is to have enduring legitimacy. Most people don't know that the Drone War isn't necessarily killing people American intelligence knows or identifies specifically. It's my understanding that the targets of the Drone War are now often selected through pattern recognition software which analyzes behavior.

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    Re: White House official confirms US carries out drone strikes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    Any military program should have a basis in law if it is to have enduring legitimacy. Most people don't know that the Drone War isn't necessarily killing people American intelligence knows or identifies specifically. It's my understanding that the targets of the Drone War are now often selected through pattern recognition software which analyzes behavior.
    Computer programs are deciding who to shoot?

    now, that's really scary science fiction sort of stuff.
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