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Leaked Pakistani report confirms high civilian death toll in CIA drone strikes | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Pakistan officially denied that 81 civilians including children died in this 2006 CIA drone strike – but a leaked document says otherwise. (photo: Getty Images).

A secret document obtained by the Bureau reveals for the first time the Pakistan government’s internal assessment of dozens of drone strikes, and shows scores of civilian casualties. The United States has consistently claimed only a tiny number of non-combatants have been killed in drone attacks in Pakistan – despite research by the Bureau and others suggesting that over 400 ...

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Exclusive: Why I Spoke Out at Obama’s Foreign Policy Speech | Common Dreams

… “While I have received a deluge of support, there are others, including journalists, who have called me ‘rude.’ But terrorizing villages with Hellfire missiles that vaporize innocent people is rude. Violating the sovereignty of nations like Pakistan is rude. Keeping 86 prisoners in Guantanamo long after they have been cleared for release is rude. Shoving feeding tubes down prisoners’ ...

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Drone killings draw ire of Amnesty International | The National

A leading human rights organisation has criticised the United States’ increasing use of drone aircraft for the targeted killing of terrorism suspects overseas and questioned its legality. Amnesty International, in its global review of human rights issues, said the US drone policy was shrouded in secrecy but the killings appeared to amount to extrajudicial executions that violate international rights laws. ...

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Drones have killed 4 US citizens suspected of terrorist acts | The Boston Globe

One day before President Obama is due to deliver a major speech on national security, his administration formally acknowledged on Wednesday that the United States had killed four US citizens in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan. In a letter to congressional leaders obtained by The New York Times, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. disclosed that the administration had ...

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U.N. Launches Drone Investigation Into Legality Of U.S. Program | The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — The United Nations opened a major new investigation on Thursday into the United States’ use of drones and targeted assassinations. The U.N. investigation, led by special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson, is expected to focus on the legal justification for America’s expansive drone program, which has largely remained secretive and unexamined. “The exponential rise in ...

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CIA drone campaign in Pakistan to be exempt from rules – report | Foreign Policy

The Obama administration is reportedly close to finishing the codification of its drone policies in a “playbook” that delineates clear rules governing the use of targeted killing around the world, but declares the CIA’s drone campaign in Pakistan exempt from these restrictions. A lawyer for Pakistan’s intelligence agency told the country’s Supreme Court on Monday that the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate ...

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Stop Killing Children. No matter the excuse. Do not bomb innocent people, do not drone attack Arab children. | whitehouse.gov We the People

Please pledge to stop issuing drone strikes, that inevitably kill children and innocent men and women. An open heart is the way to peace, not with superior firepower. The right to human life of these people should not be infringed, and the amount of innocent children dying for our perceived increase of security is nowhere near justified, and in many ...

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US drone attacks ‘counter-productive’, former Obama security adviser claims | guardian.co.uk

The United States’ use of drones is counter-productive, less effective than the White House claims, and is “encouraging a new arms race that will empower current and future rivals and lay the foundations for an international system that is increasingly violent”, according to a study by one of President Obama’s former security advisers. Michael Boyle, who was on Obama’s counter-terrorism ...

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‘Love at Long Distance’: A Man in Prison for Protesting US Drones | Common Dreams

This week, the president nominated the head of the U.S. drones program, responsible for killing hundreds, perhaps thousands, of innocent women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to be his new head of the CIA That is appropriate, because the CIA runs the U.S. torture, rendition, assassination and mass murder program in conjunction with the Pentagon. Of course, all of ...

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