Today, we read More Drones to be used in Pakistan. Indiscriminate killing of targets on the ground from Drones flying as high as 60,000 feet, while the U.S. command says “Taliban killed”, along with collateral damage (innocent civilians killed).
A good outline of the crimes committed by the United States by using Drones is stated here: The attacks violate the Geneva Conventions, the International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights, the United Nations Charter, UN General Assembly Resolution #3314 and the Nuremberg Charter. Even when the missiles hit their intended targets in Pakistan, the orders to fire are given from thousands of miles away by CIA officials watching on computer screens in North America. CIA teams sit, in effect, as collective judge, jury and executioner. Protocol II, Article 6(2) of the Geneva Conventions says: “No sentence shall be passed and no penalty shall be executed on a person found guilty of an offence except pursuant to a conviction pronounced by a court offering the essential guarantees of independence and impartiality.”
The Long War has the best information (as of Aug.5, 2009) “The lethality of Predator strikes inside the tribal agencies has also increased during 2009. Using low-end estimates of casualties (including Taliban, al Qaeda, and civilian) from US strikes inside Pakistan, we have determined that airstrikes resulted in 317 deaths during 2008. Already, the airstrikes in 2009 have surpassed that total, with 365 killed in 2009 as of July 18.Since the first recorded US Predator strike inside Pakistan in June 2004, the US has killed a total of 22 High Value Targets (HVTs), which include some of the high- and mid-level Taliban and al Qaeda leadership in the tribal agencies”.
[Ed. Note: The above proves that the U.S. is in violation of many Treaties that the U.S. is signator. A Treaty is the Rule of Law under our U.S. Consitution. President Obama, a Constitutional Law Professor, should know that his ordering a Drone attack is against our Consitution. He has now ordered more Drone attacks than President George W. Bush ordered.]
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