By Brett Kaufman, Legal Fellow, ACLU National Security Project
Today, researchers at the law schools of New York University and Stanford University published an important and comprehensively documented report about the human and strategic costs of the United States’ drone program in Pakistan. The report marshals research based on interviews of victims, witnesses, medical experts, and journalists in Pakistan, and a review of thousands of pages of documents and media reports, to arrive at its chief conclusions:
- Far more civilians have been killed by American drone strikes in Pakistan than U.S. officials have been willing to acknowledge;
- The government’s use of drones is a source of daily, incessant emotional and psychological terror to Pakistani civilians; and
- The drone program has been “damaging and counterproductive” to the United States’ national security by turning the Pakistani public against U.S. policy.
For more on this story, visit: NYU–Stanford Report Documents U.S. Government’s False Narrative on Drone Strikes.
According to a new study released from the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic of Stanford Law School and the Global Justice Clinic at the New York University School of Law, the CIA drone attacks aimed at low-level militants in northwestern Pakistan are terrorizing innocent civilians.
The report said that such strikes were killing more innocent people than the U.S. has acknowledged, concluding that the strikes are damaging and counterproductive since they were constantly traumatizing tribal people, targeting rescuers and depriving education from children.
For more on this story, visit: Joint Standford and NYU report wants Obama administration to reevaluate drone policy in Pakistan | GantDaily.com.
CNN — U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan have killed far more people than the United States has acknowledged, have traumatized innocent residents and largely been ineffective, according to a new study released Tuesday.
The study by Stanford Law School and New York University’s School of Law calls for a re-evaluation of the practice, saying the number of “high-level” targets killed as a percentage of total casualties is extremely low — about 2%.
For more on this story, visit: Drone strikes kill, maim and traumatize too many civilians, U.S. study says – CNN.com.
What should be done? The U.S. should conduct a fundamental re-evaluation of current targeted killings practices, taking into account all available evidence, the concerns of all relevant stakeholders, and the short- and long-term costs and benefits. These stakeholders must include the Pakistani civilians directly affected by drones.
For more on this story, visit: U.S. Tries to Drown Out the Downsides of Drone Strikes – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com.
The report, which draws on over 130 interviews of Waziris the researchers conducted, is in many ways the clearest evidence yet that the US drone program is not the precise, limited, restrained program US citizens are meant to believe it is. Rather, those interviewed describe a panopticon in which simple acts like going to school, going to the market, even simply gathering in a group in someone’s house, become life-threatening.
For more on this story, visit: “Whatever Is Left Is Just Pieces of Bodies and Cloth”: New Report Details the Horror of Living Under Drones.
Study: Drones “Terrorize” Pakistani Civilians, Avoid Top Militants
A new study is backing claims that the United States has killed far more civilians in its Pakistan drone strikes than publicly acknowledged. Researchers at New York University and Stanford University say the drone strikes “terrorize men, women, and children, giving rise to anxiety and psychological trauma among civilian communities. Those living under drones have to face the constant worry that a deadly strike may be fired at any moment, and the knowledge that they are powerless to protect themselves.” The study also concludes that most of the militants killed in the strikes have been low-level targets whose deaths have failed to make the United States any safer. Just 2 percent of drone attack victims are said to be top militant leaders.
For more on this story, visit: Study: Drones “Terrorize” Pakistani Civilians, Avoid Top Militants.