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The United Nations opened a major new investigation on Thursday into the United States' use of drones and targeted assassinations.
The U.N. investigation, led by special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson, is expected to focus on the legal justification for America's expansive drone program, which has largely remained secretive and unexamined.
end of the spectrum the analysis that has been promoted by
international lawyers in the United States, and by John Brennan,President Obama’s
nominee to head the CIA, to the effect that Western democracies are engaged in a global
against a stateless enemy, without geographical boundaries to the theatre of conflict,
and without limit of time.
This analysis is heavily disputed by most States, and by the
majority of international lawyers outside the United States of America. www.foreignpolicy.com...
Originally posted by Putyournamehere
what kind of humans are these people?
There are estimates as high as 98% of drone strike casualties being civilians (50 for every one "suspected terrorist"). The Bureau of Investigative Journalism issued a report detailing how the CIA is deliberately targeting those who show up after the sight of an attack, rescuers, and mourners at funerals as a part of a "double-tap" strategy eerily reminiscient of methods used by terrorist groups like Hamas. www.policymic.com... e
Originally posted by MisterMandlebrot
If there is one good thing the drones did it is create this UN investigation. The reason the UN is interested is because of the eerie sneakiness of the drones and a recurring idea that machines will rise one day.
But in actuality drones are only a different way of killing someone..
Originally posted by Unity_99
What they don't know is earth is a giant sting operation. One day they will.
Originally posted by burntheships
reply to post by scotsdavy1
Your right, a few articles I found mention U.S,.allies....
The U.N. announced Thursday the launch of its investigation into targeted killings carried out by the U.S. and its allies
According to the U.K.-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, not only will the U.N. team examine drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, but also “drone strikes by U.S. and U.K. forces in Afghanistan, and by Israel in the Occupied Territories. In total some 25 strikes are expected to be examined in detail.”
There was a flat-roofed house made of mud, with a shed used to hold goats in the crosshairs, as Bryant recalls. When he received the order to fire, he pressed a button with his left hand and marked the roof with a laser. The pilot sitting next to him pressed the trigger on a joystick, causing the drone to launch a Hellfire missile. There were 16 seconds left until impact.
"These moments are like in slow motion," he says today. Images taken with an infrared camera attached to the drone appeared on his monitor, transmitted by satellite, with a two-to-five-second time delay.
With seven seconds left to go, there was no one to be seen on the ground. Bryant could still have diverted the missile at that point. Then it was down to three seconds. Bryant felt as if he had to count each individual pixel on the monitor. Suddenly a child walked around the corner, he says.
Second zero was the moment in which Bryant's digital world collided with the real one in a village between Baghlan and Mazar-e-Sharif.
Bryant saw a flash on the screen: the explosion. Parts of the building collapsed. The child had disappeared. Bryant had a sick feeling in his stomach.
"Did we just kill a kid?" he asked the man sitting next to him.
"Yeah, I guess that was a kid," the pilot replied.
"Was that a kid?" they wrote into a chat window on the monitor.
Then, someone they didn't know answered, someone sitting in a military command center somewhere in the world who had observed their attack. "No. That was a dog," the person wrote.
Originally posted by Kram09
Read this article from Der Spiegel where a former pilot recounts his experiences piloting drones.
One thing, which probably deserves its own thread, how are these targeted "terrorists" tracked?
I wonder if they have been chipped somehow?