I have talked many times about the US drone program. The idea of a sovereign power enforcing executions of foreign nationals is alien to what this Country has stood by in terms of Morality and Ethics. We are essentially executing people without any charges or any court deciding guilt or innocence.
From his first days as commander in chief, the drone has been President Barack Obama’s weapon of choice, used by the military and the CIA to hunt down and kill the people his administration has deemed — through secretive processes, without indictment or trial — worthy of execution. There has been intense focus on the technology of remote killing, but that often serves as a surrogate for what should be a broader examination of the state’s power over life and death.
DRONES ARE A TOOL, not a policy. The policy is assassination. While every president since Gerald Ford has upheld an executive order banning assassinations by U.S. personnel, Congress has avoided legislating the issue or even defining the word “assassination.” This has allowed proponents of the drone wars to rebrand assassinations with more palatable characterizations, such as the term du jour, “targeted killings.”
The Intercept has released the Drone Papers. Keep in mind that sometimes we do get who they targeted… Often times there are many innocent bystanders killed as well. Imagine how we would feel if Mexico was over flying US territory and executing US citizens without a charge or trial of any kind.
The drone papers