US Congress Must Launch Urgent Inquiry Into Obama’s Drone Use

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The U.S. Congress must launch an immediate independent inquiry into the Obama administration’s drone strikes overseas, Amnesty International said following today’s publication of a series of files and documents disclosing long-standing secrets of the global killing program.

“The Drone Papers,” leaked by an anonymous whistle-blower to the online media outlet The Intercept, reveal the startling human costs of armed drone use and highlight chronic flaws in the decision-making process behind the strikes carried out in multiple countries.

These documents raise serious concerns about whether the USA has systematically violated international law, including by classifying unidentified people as ‘combatants’ to justify their killings,” said Naureen Shah, director of Security with Human Rights at Amnesty International USA.

“This warrants an immediate congressional inquiry into why the Obama administration has kept this vital information secret, including the real identities of all those killed in this global killing program.

“These revelations are further damning evidence that the Obama administration is continuing the Bush-era project of treating the world as a global battlefield while evading public accountability.”

  • AlanMacDonald

    Here’s a much more revealing article (in the UK Guardian, NOT the NYT and other media/propaganda sources in the US) and a very interesting string of comments, from UK citizens and other Europeans, which give a more honest ‘world view’ of what people think of the US Drone assassinations, murders, collateral damage, and slaughter throughout the Middle East — which is causing most of the war refugee flows into Europe — all at the hands of the Global Empire here, and which only Americans can confront!

    [Disclosure: I have participated in this comments section of the Guardian blog]

    Lots more truly progressive, anti-war, and anti-Empire Americans should be reading these sort of views from beyond our censored borders, in order to see what the people of Europe (and the rest of the world) think of ‘us’ —- although what the EMPIRE in Vichy America actually represents in NOT ‘us’ — and is only acting in the name of our formerly, and only, ‘partially functional’ democratic Republic!

    The view of many other people in the world — and not just the people being killed at the ‘tip of the Empire’s spear’ by the Empire’s weapons in the Middle East —- have a very low and declining view of what is supposedly ‘our’ country, but which is acting almost entirely like a rapacious Global Empire!