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US government admits killing Americans with Drones

 
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The US attorney general has acknowledged four US citizens have been killed in drone strikes since 2009.

In a letter to the Senate judiciary committee, Eric Holder defended the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki.

But he said Awlaki's 16-year-old son as well as two other individuals were "not specifically targeted by the US".
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Be prepared for bullshit today:

[link to news.yahoo.com]


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday is expected to address some of the thornier aspects of national security policy, including drone strikes, the prison at Guantanamo Bay and the dire threats Americans continue to face — even from fellow citizens.


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Q. Where have drones been deployed under the Obama administration? To what extent did the Bush administration use drones?
Which administration officials, current or former, have expressed skepticism about drone strikes? How many prominent military personnel have done so? —Eric Adamcik


A.

Beyond Iraq and Afghanistan, the Obama administration has used armed drones in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya. There has been a significant escalation of drone strikes under Mr. Obama compared with President George W. Bush, although it was during the final months of the Bush administration when the surge in drone strikes in Pakistan began. —MARK MAZZETTI

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Escalation of drone strikes. Soon in the US, Mr Droneresident?


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Was the Q and A source
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Even CNN doesn't like the bullshit on drones!
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1. Drone strikes largely target the leaders of terrorist groups that threaten the United States.

In fact, of the thousands who have been killed in CIA drone strikes in Pakistan, only 37 were leaders of al Qaeda or affiliated organizations, according to a tally by the New America Foundation. And even if we add to that list the leaders of the Taliban who have been killed in drone strikes, only 2% of the victims of the CIA strikes in Pakistan have been militant leaders.


The drone program, which began more than a decade ago as a tool to kill leaders of terrorist groups, has evolved today into a counterinsurgency air force whose principal victims in Pakistan are lower-level members of the Taliban.

2. Drone strikes target specific terrorists who pose some kind of imminent threat to the U.S.

Obama's top counterterrorism adviser and now CIA Director John Brennan said in a speech last year that "in order to prevent terrorist attacks on the United States and to save American lives -- the United States government conducts targeted strikes against specific al Qaeda terrorists."

That's only partly true, because the CIA has also has occasionally conducted "signature strikes" against groups of men who display a particular behavioral "signature" that indicates they may be militants. In these cases, the targeter does not know the identity of the persons in the drone cross hairs.
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I think we all know the rationale: "We are the United States. Bow down to Obama or face the drone squad."


[link to www.huffingtonpost.com]

WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will lay out the rationale for U.S. drone strikes in a speech on Thursday in an effort to be more transparent about his counterterrorism policy, a White House official said.


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On Wednesday, the Obama administration publicly acknowledged for the first time that four Americans were killed in drone strikes since 2009 as part of U.S. counterterrorism activities surrounding al Qaeda . Of the four, only one of them, Anwar al-Awlaki, was targeted, according to Attorney General Eric Holder in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy. The following are descriptions of the four men killed in drone operations.
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Come on people. Obama says... drones!
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I think I remember watching a news report on this a year or years ago, weird.
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Yeah...and he's waiting for "Evidence" on some scumbags they know killed our Ambassador so they can go arrest them and bring them to trial...
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I think I remember watching a news report on this a year or years ago, weird.
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Today Obama is going to go all out in defense of drones. Bow before him or be droned!
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Yeah...and he's waiting for "Evidence" on some scumbags they know killed our Ambassador so they can go arrest them and bring them to trial...
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Then he can send them to Guantanamo the day before he closes Guantanamo and sends everyone there back home because they were mistreated by the US by being sent there!
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I think I remember watching a news report on this a year or years ago, weird.
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Today Obama is going to go all out in defense of drones. Bow before him or be droned!
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It's a double edged sword. Would you prefer no drones at all and more American deaths in some gutter whole on the other place on the globe for nothing? Where at more American Soldiers die by suicide than in combat by now, I think the private customers, which are mainly made up of ex US soldiers take that count and those numbers out of the statistics though.
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Yeah...and he's waiting for "Evidence" on some scumbags they know killed our Ambassador so they can go arrest them and bring them to trial...
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Then he can send them to Guantanamo the day before he closes Guantanamo and sends everyone there back home because they were mistreated by the US by being sent there!
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"President Barack Obama plans to resume transfers of inmates from Guantanamo Bay to other countries in a fresh bid to close the controversial US prison, The Wall Street Journal reported"

[link to www.rawstory.com]

There you see it. Capture them. Send them to Guantanamo. Then send them to "other countries." Yeah you see the deal.
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What distraction will emerge today?
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Bump for this is going to go big today.

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