Monday, January 11, 2010

US drone war kills 140 civilians for 1 CIA-alleged terrorist -

Pakistan’s government reported US drones killed only civilians in 39 of 44 attacks on their country in 2009; with over 700 innocent civilians killed, according to Pakistan's most widely-read English newspaper. Pakistan has repeatedly publicly denounced the US attacks, making the US guilty of War Crimes as they do not have explicit permission from Pakistan’s government.

Senator and 2008 Republican Presidential choice John McCain called the unlawful program effective and that it should continue. In Orwellian conclusion, Mr. McCain said, "We are always with Pakistan and the people of Pakistan, and our relationship does not have time limitation." Mr. Obama must be in agreement for this prima facie unlawful program, as more drone attacks have occurred in the first year of his presidency than all years of his predecessor.

The US refuses to discuss the program, calling its CIA-managed program "covert." New York University law professor Philip Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions since 2004, reports his requests for US legal justification for apparent extrajudicial executions are always denied. The US claims its secret program is legal, despite the obvious violation from Pakistan’s public refusal of permission.
The last report on civilian deaths from the US was in July 2009 from the Brookings Institute concluding at least ten civilian deaths for every alleged terrorist killed, and a total consistent with the anonymous Pakistan government report of total 2009 drone deaths. The number of US-caused drone executions is corroborated by leading Pakistani journalist Amir Mir and in the NY Times by counterinsurgency experts David Kilcullen and Andrew Exum.
Some analysis of Pakistan’s refusal of US armed attacks on their soil: if Pakistan is covertly in agreement with the US, they must publicly disagree or else be in likely admission of murder under Pakistan law. If so, the US would also be guilty of mass murders under Pakistan law. With Pakistan’s public refusal, the US is guilty of War Crimes.
Analysis: The drone war is:
  • unlawful on its face,
  • covert and from the same secretive people who torture and lied to initiate illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,
  • kills targets who are lawfully engaging US troops in self-defense from an unauthorized and unlawful armed attack and invasion from the US on Afghanistan,
  • kills civilians at an evil ratio even if the CIA secret evidence against alleged "terrorists" is justified,
  • probably greatly increases the number of people who will commit acts of terror against US targets.
Also, this unlawful program fits with academic definition of "terrorism." Terrorist attacks are unlawful, indiscriminately kill civilians, create fear and are ideologically driven for a political goal.
The US ideological goal is hegemonic control of the Middle East, demonstrated by
· US unlawful rejection of UN Security Council Resolutions for international cooperation in Afghanistan, and instead choosing unauthorized armed attack and invasion,
· US lies of evidence (known as they were told) for unauthorized and unlawful armed attack and invasion of Iraq,
· US lies of omission and commission to threaten war with Iran, including official policy of first-strike use of nuclear weapons for contrived possible future threats from Iran
· US unlawful attacks in Pakistan as perhaps an entry-point for further destabilization.