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In the document released Tuesday Amnesty International says that the United States “appears to have committed very serious” human rights violations with its drone program in Pakistan, some of which could even amount to war crimes. The rights group is now calling on U.S. authorities to end the secrecy surrounding the controversial program and bring to justice those responsible for civilian deaths in drone attacks.
Contrary to official claims that those killed were “terrorists,” Qadri claimed Amnesty International’s research has established that some of those targeted were not involved in fighting, posed no threat to anyone, and certainly were not an imminent threat to the United States.
For example, the report identifies a 68-year old grandmother killed in October last year as Mamana Bibi. She was picking vegetables in her family’s fields in the village of Ghundi Kala, in North Waziristan, when a drone strike killed her.
Amnesty has demanded the United States publicly disclose the legal basis for the drone strike program in Pakistan. It also urges U.S. authorities to investigate all suspected unlawful killings.
I wonder, is all that aid money just reported as sent to Islamabad for military support transferred or is it too late to take it back and cut up the check, so to speak?
Pakistan has been hand in glove with as much of that as they have complained when it's gone off the rails and made a high profile OOPS ...or deliberate hit with bad results. If they want full disclosure, I only say it BE FULL ..to INCLUDE the complicity of host nations, nations giving overflight permissions AND nations that add their own little "honey-do" tasking orders on the top of what our guys are already handling.
That's a mighty big glass house some Pakistani officials are standing in, as they throw rocks on this one.
As for Amnesty International? Well... Can't blame them. This is their whole mission in life....and it's about time for what comes from them. Nice of them to finally notice a problem after 10+ years, in a major way.
Is that not what we all supposedly where up in arms about with Syria?
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Negating the crime isn't the point.. Politics in leveling the charge is. It's why I distinguish clearly between Amnesty International, whom I respect and follow fairly closely as half way neutral brokers of event information (as much as anyone gets these days) from the duplicitous leadership of Pakistan and the ISI...which blurs enough to be hard to tell apart, in my personal opinion.
Amnesty International does a service. Pakistan's PM, on the other hand, probably bets everything that this won't go anywhere and what I'm sure his own direct involvement in some drone operations over his soil have been won't be in any international court records in our lifetimes.
Exposing wrong doing is one thing.. exploiting it for politics is another and obviously not just an American failing by any means. Ironically, the game here is to have us condemning our own nation while applauding the co-conspirator who is personally reporting it to the world.
That makes it the worst of all, in how I see it. I do have a different way of viewing some things though.
In preliminary findings released last week, Emmerson quoted Pakistani officials as saying drone attacks have killed at least 400 civilians. However, Emmerson also said he is still in the process of confirming reports of civilian deaths in drone strikes with the states involved.
So we're not talking about one or two people here but a whole lot more. At what point does the killing of civilians constitute a war crime? To the families of the innocent, there has been no compensation nor apology, nor has there been any owning up to this.