U.S. Assasination Drone attacks violate International laws?; US stands by Pakistan in terror fight, says Clinton; Matthew Hoh Resigns over Afghanistan War, others to follow?

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U.S. Assassination Predator Drone firing a Hellfire Missile
Do U.S. Assasination Drone attacks violate International Law?

  • From Dawn.com, “UNITED NATIONS: A UN human rights investigator warned the United States Tuesday that its use of unmanned warplanes to carry out targeted executions may violate international law.

    Philip Alston said that unless the Obama administration explains the legal basis for targeting particular individuals and the measures it is taking to comply with international humanitarian law which prohibits arbitrary executions, ‘it will increasingly be perceived as carrying out indiscriminate killings in violation of international law.’ Alston, the UN Human Rights Council’s investigator on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions, raised the issue of US Predator drones in a report to the General Assembly’s human rights committee and at a news conference afterwards, saying he has become increasingly concerned at the dramatic increase in their use, especially in Afghanistan and Pakistan, since June. He said the US response — that the Geneva-based council and the General Assembly have no role in relation to killings during an armed conflict — ‘is simply untenable.’

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton being greeted by Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad, Oct. 28, 2009 AFP Photo
    US stands by Pakistan in terror fight, says Clinton

  • From Dawn.com “The United States will stand shoulder to shoulder with Pakistan in its fight against ‘brutal extremist groups’, visiting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday after a massive bomb blast. ‘This is a critical moment and the United States seeks to turn the page to a new partnership, with not only the government but the people of a democratic Pakistan,’ Clinton said. ‘We hope to build a strong relation based on mutual respect and mutual shared responsibility,’ she added. A bomb attack killed at least 86 people in Peshawar on Wednesday, underscoring the scale of the threat in the country that the United States has put at the heart of the fight against Al-Qaeda.
  • Very Bad News for the White House, an insider reveals his feelings and analysis, the U.S. should be out of Afghanistan. From Al Jazerra.net (and covered everywhere) A US official has resigned from his contract post in Afghanistan over the US-led war, becoming the first US political representative to step down in protest at the conflict since it began eight years ago.

    Matthew Hoh, who was a key civilian representative for the US government in Afghanistan’s Zabul province, said in a letter released on Tuesday that he had “lost understanding of, and confidence in, the strategic purposes of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan”. Read his Resignation Letter here for full reasons for his resignation.

    “I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end,” the letter, which was dated September 10, said. [Ed. Note: Why did it take six weeks for this to come out? The U.S. Government was trying to make him change his mind and not resign and release this letter. Hoh believes in TROOP REDUCTION IN AFGHANISTAN, that is what should be done immediately.]
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    Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

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