Drone strikes killing more civilians than U.S. admits
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Two influential human rights groups say they have freshly documented dozens of civilian deaths in U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, contradicting assertions by the Obama administration that such casualties are rare. Of those casualties, at least 400 were civilians and 200 others were “probable noncombatants,” according to the U.N. official, Ben Emmerson. He said the statistics were provided by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry. ... The U.S. government almost never publicly acknowledges its role in individual drone strikes, and its legal justifications for targeting specific people are shrouded in secrecy.The article soundly condemns the US tactic of unleashing a second drone minutes after the first. The idea is to kill and maim rescuers trying to help the initial victims--a despicable ploy the US has used countless times. But as long as Lockheed Martin can make millions selling drones to Obama, they'll be used to assert US power around the world. Because democracy.