Us refuses to give info on drone strikes’ legality, saying it will not confirm it

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Us refuses to give info on drone strikes’ legality, saying it will not confirm it. „This may be because we don’t yet have legal authority. If it were confirmed, it would become public knowledge,“ a spokesperson said. „What is not revealed on our site is the identities of the American citizens who have been targeted by drone strikes.“

But for its pa바카라 게임rt, the State Department has been more forthcoming. On July 25, it published a statement to the Intercept from spokesperson Mark Toner. „The Obama administration has taken an unprecedented step of declassifying details on the secret legal authority to launch so-called ‘extrajudicial strikes,’“ the statement reads. „Under normal circumstances, the public would have no way of knowing, so it should not be used to argue that Americans are targeted based on their religious beliefs.“ But a redacted, but vague, portion of this statement includes a reference to this particular policy.

The statement also refers to a specific practice in which a U.S. „aircraft… is launched“ to take out an individual who is „under the control of al-Qaeda affiliates,“ including al-Qaeda itself, in a drone strike, despite „no evidence the target was a threat.“ It’s unclear whe바카라ther these attacks are being undertaken under the Obama administration’s broader Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF.
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As previously reported, in early May, Obama signed an executive order that expanded authority for targeted killings, specifically allowing for the killing of U.S. citizens if the target is an „associated force“ that has „engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners.“

These attacks have continued under the executive order: since May 30 alone, 11,508 people have been killed in drone strikes by American forces, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ), which tracks the use of force around the world and is based at the University of Chicago. That means Obama’s drone war in Pakistan—as well as drone strikes launched by U.S. forces against groups like al-Qaeda in Yemen, Boko Haram, and ISIL—will continue to kill large numbers of innocent people. And while many critics have argued that the killing of these individuals—particularly in Pakistan—in the name of national security shouldn’t be done, the drone war is clearly doing more harm to Pakistan’s people than good.

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