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—American drones not only terrorize the populations living under their constant surveillance, they also psychologically wound their own operators, leaving victims with post-traumatic stress disorder on opposite sides of the globe.
Documents detailing a special operations campaign in northeastern Afghanistan, Operation Haymaker, show that between January 2012 and February 2013, U.S. special operations airstrikes killed more than 200 people. Of those, only 35 were the intended targets.
During one five-month period of the operation, according to the documents, nearly 90 percent of the people killed in airstrikes were not the intended targets. In Yemen and Somalia, where the U.S. has far more limited intelligence capabilities to confirm the people killed are the intended targets, the equivalent ratios may well be much worse.
Should America be killing people in other countries with which we are not at war?
What constitutional framework allows the President and spy agencies to be judge, jury and executioner?
These drone murders are extra-legal and unconstitutional.
Where only four percent of victims are even “linked” to Al Qaeda, what role are the killings playing in inciting warfare and making anti-American enemies?
These murders increase our enemies and make us less secure.
Why do national leaders–in the White House, the Pentagon and Congress–believe that so-called military “solutions” are the only way to address global hot spots?
They believe wars for profit enhance the corporate bottom line.
Why is it that every time they see something they don’t like, they feel the urge to bomb it?
Because we let them
~That “Drones strikes—which are being conducted in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somlia—are illegal is cut and dry.
Article 2 of the U.N. Charter states that “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.” Under the Charter, there are only two circumstances under which the use of force is legitimate (i.e., not illegal): One, when the use of force is in self-defense against armed aggression, and, two, when the U.N. Security Council has authorized it.
These drone strikes are not actions that defend the United States from armed aggression against its borders or sovereignty, and they have not been authorized by the Security Council. Thus, they are incontrovertibly illegal.
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