The Disturbing Truth Behind U.S. Drone Assassinations That the Government Tried to Keep Secret

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From his first days as commander in chief, the drone has been President Barack Obama’s weapon of choice, used by the military and the CIA to hunt down and kill the people his administration has deemed—through secretive processes, without indictment or trial—deserving of execution. There has been intense focus on the technology of remote killing, but that often serves as a surrogate for what should be a broader examination of the state’s power over life and death.

Drones are a tool, not a policy. The policy is assassination. While every president since Gerald Ford has upheld an executive order banning assassinations by U.S. personnel, Congress has avoided legislating the issue or even defining the word “assassination.” This has allowed proponents of the drone wars to rebrand assassinations with more palatable characterizations, such as the term du jour, “targeted killings.”

When the Obama administration has discussed drone strikes publicly, it has offered assurances that such operations are a more precise alternative to boots on the ground and are authorized only when an “imminent” threat is present and there is “near certainty” that the intended target will be eliminated. Those terms, however, appear to have been bluntly redefined to bear almost no resemblance to their commonly understood meanings.

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  • NobodysaysBOO

    Come on whitie lets show them how the “knock out game” is played at the TRUMP rally , see if it’s worth $15 hr.

  • JosephConrad

    What is the hourly compensation of the drone operators charged with dispensing death?
    Does each assassination have a predetermined value, like a video game ? Hmmm.
    How much is a PM, President or armed forces General worth ?

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      >> How much is a PM, President or armed forces General worth ?
      at current exchnage rates, about $0.02 CAD, eh?

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      >> How much is a PM, President or armed forces General worth ?

      at current exchange rates, about $0.02 CAD, eh?

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    If Windows 10 64 bit edition ever got into the hands of terrorists, Microsoft will own them. See EULA

  • Mick McNulty

    The US already drone-strikes its allies Pakistan, Yemen and Sudan, and they must be itching to strike their European allies. It will be a big step but it will soon become old news – it’ll be the new normal – and every politician in the world would have cause to fear them.

    They’ll want to strike Julian Assange if he makes a break for Ecuador though I think they’ll insist the British government claims it under their own drone program. That’ll take the heat off them for a while but it will soon become clear who really did it, but by then the shock will have passed.