While congress and the nation seem unable to focus on anything other than the debt limit/spending debacle the killing goes on unabated. Here are a few paragraphs from an opinion piece posted today on al Jazeera:
Fighting back against the CIA drone war
Human rights lawyers and activists in the UK and Pakistan are on a quest for justice and transparency.
Muhammad Idrees Ahmad Last Modified: 30 Jul 2011 11:16
US Predator drones have played a large role in the CIA's extrajudicial killing program in Pakistan, where some 2,500 people in Pakistan, mostly civilians, have been killed by US forces since June 2004 [EPA]
They call it "bug splat", the splotch of blood, bones, and viscera that marks the site of a successful drone strike. To those manning the consoles in Nevada, it signifies "suspected militants" who have just been "neutralised"; to those on the ground, in most cases, it represents a family that has been shattered, a home destroyed.
Since June 18, 2004, when the CIA began its policy of extrajudicial killings in Pakistan, it has left nearly 250 such stains on Pakistani soil, daubed with the remains of more than 2,500 individuals, mostly civilians. More recently, it has taken to decorating other parts of the world.
Since the Pakistani government and its shadowy intelligence agencies have been complicit in the killings, the CIA has been able to do all this with complete impunity. Major human rights organisations in thrall to the Obama Administration have given it a pass. So have the media, who uncritically accept officials' claims about the accuracy of their lethal toys.
Two recent developments might change all this.
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