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US drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan could be breaking international laws against summary executions, the UN's top investigator of such crimes said.
Since August 2008, around 70 strikes by unmanned aircraft have killed close to 600 people in northwestern Pakistan.
"I would like to know the legal basis upon which the United States is operating, in other words... who is running the program, what accountability mechanisms are in place in relation to that..."
It is a violation of the laws of war to engage in combat without meeting certain requirements, among them the wearing of a distinctive uniform or other easily identifiable badge and the carrying of weapons openly. Impersonating soldiers of the other side by wearing the enemy's uniform and fighting in that uniform, is forbidden, as is the taking of hostages.
Originally posted by jam321
Does this mean that Obama may be a war criminal?
Originally posted by YourForever
Are civilian lives not worth the extra cost of sending in troops?
Of the 60 cross-border predator strikes carried out by the Afghanistan-based American drones in Pakistan between January 14, 2006 and April 8, 2009, only 10 were able to hit their actual targets, killing 14 wanted al-Qaeda leaders, besides perishing 687 innocent Pakistani civilians. The success percentage of the US predator strikes thus comes to not more than six per cent.
Originally posted by AllSeeingI
I never really thought about the Predator Drones being in Violation of international Humanitarian law.... UNTIL NOW.
When you stand back and look at the operation, someone in a room is pushing a button on a guy. A suspect.
Someone who is SUSPECTED of a crime... should be brought to trial.
In this so-called "war on terror" we cannot simply use it as a guise to push the button on anyone we want!