Sorry if I put too much onto your plates, readers, but this is HUGE:
The Intercept has a series of stories provided by a security agency whistleblower (the source) providing some details of drone strikes and targeted killings. I don't think I've read every story, but I have read several and they are chilling. The disregard for things like due process and not taking innocent civilian lives if not absolutely unavoidable is sickening.
The articles are a lot to take in. So I'll make a few comments. Jeremy Scahill had in his stories often termed these targeted killings - extrajudicial killings I'v often used - as assassinations; something that sounds pretty UNlawful to me. Scahill points out at the beginning of story #1, The Assassination Complex, that the POLICY is assassination and Congress has not legislated about nor even defined "assassination." I think we should all take that point and look again at a root cause and make sure we address this underlying mentality that seems to be creeping into the gov't-military-industrial complex.
And I'll reiterate, I HATE drones. My feeling is SCRAP THEM ALL!!! At least it would make "assassinations" harder to accomplish. "The military is easily capable of adapting to change, but they don’t like to stop anything they feel is making their lives easier, or is to their benefit. And this certainly is, in their eyes, a very quick, clean way of doing things. It’s a very slick, efficient way to conduct the war, without having to have the massive ground invasion mistakes of Iraq and Afghanistan,” the source said. “But at this point, they have become so addicted to this machine, to this way of doing business, that it seems like it’s going to become harder and harder to pull them away from it the longer they’re allowed to continue operating in this way."
Let's not forget also, that there are spy drones NOW in the U. S. and that North Dakota has ok'd drones with non-lethal weapons. We need to take this seriously, folks.
And PLEASE - would someome comment so I know actual people not robots are reading this? I really need/want to know if this is still worthwile. I feell as though I'm begging - but some word of encouragament or feedback or something would mean so much. I try to give good content here - I really do; but is it kinda lonely ----- some company would be so appreciated.