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    US drone strikes may break international law: UN

    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) US drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan could be breaking international laws against summary executions, the UN's top investigator of such crimes said.
    "The problem with the United States is that it is making an increased use of drones/Predators (which are) particularly prominently used now in relation to Pakistan and Afghanistan," UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Philip Alston told a press conference.
    "My concern is that drones/Predators are being operated in a framework which may well violate international humanitarian law and international human rights law," he said.
    US strikes with remote-controlled aircraft against Al-Qaeda and Taliban targets in Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan have often resulted in civilian deaths and drawn bitter criticism from local populations.
    "The onus is really on the United States government to reveal more about the ways in which it makes sure that arbitrary extrajudicial executions aren't in fact being carried out through the use of these weapons," he added.
    US drone strikes may break international law: UN - Yahoo! News


    .... Disband the UN please.
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    Re: US drone strikes may break international law: UN

    "My concern is that drones/Predators are being operated in a framework which may well violate international humanitarian law and international human rights law," he said.

    "The onus is really on the United States government to reveal more about the ways in which it makes sure that arbitrary extrajudicial executions aren't in fact being carried out through the use of these weapons," he added.
    War is all about "extrajuducal executions".
    And, in war, there's absolutely NO prohibition against using unmanned drones as a platform for launching airstrikes.

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    Re: US drone strikes may break international law: UN

    It's obvious whose side the UN is really on.
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    Re: US drone strikes may break international law: UN

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    It's obvious whose side the UN is really on.
    Without a doubt.

    "I would like to know the legal basis upon which the United States is operating, in other words... who is running the program, what accountability mechanisms are in place in relation to that," Alston said.
    The exact same basis that we've been operating under since October 2001.
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    Re: US drone strikes may break international law: UN

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Wait...using unmanned planes to kill a bunch of civilians is against international law! Absurd.
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    Re: US drone strikes may break international law: UN

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Wait...using unmanned planes to kill a bunch of civilians is against international law! Absurd.

    Yep, that is all we do is kill innocent civilians....Not.


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    Re: US drone strikes may break international law: UN

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Yep, that is all we do is kill innocent civilians...
    What I dont get is how the issue apparently hinges on the use of unmanned drones -- if the airstrikes had been carried out by B52s, would there be no issue?

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    Re: US drone strikes may break international law: UN

    Perhaps we should contact the local LEO's so we can serve a warrant for their arrest? Oh wait, there isn't anything resembling law in those areas. Capture operations simply aren't always possible, especially in Pakistan where we can't put people on the ground.

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    Re: US drone strikes may break international law: UN

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Yep, that is all we do is kill innocent civilians....Not.


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    It's not all we do, but we certainly do it. The contention is that the use of unmanned drones has caused significant civilian casualty, not that the base use of them is wrong or illegal. I mean, you can ignore reality if you want. Think we're getting all the nasty terrorists and nothing more. But that sort of head in the sand attitude isn't going to fix the problem. Especially when significant civilian death leads to exacerbating the anti-American attitudes of entire groups of people. Attitudes which are used as propaganda for terrorists. But whatever. There are no negative consequences for our actions....ever. Got it.
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    Re: US drone strikes may break international law: UN

    So now it is the fault of the UN, that a treaty written decades ago, decades before the technology was made available, suddenly is at fault when the treaty does not meet the realities of the world today?

    Not to mention this..

    My concern is that drones/Predators are being operated in a framework which may well violate international humanitarian law and international human rights law
    So now UN officials are not allowed to asked relevant questions? He is concerned that the treaty/law might not be up to date to meet the new reality of warfare.. is that now a crime? Does it violate the treaty and law or not? I for one would love to know if it did, and if it did I would love for the treaty and law to be amended so that drone attacks were not illegal if against enemy targets.
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