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US’ drones risk war with no end: report

UNMANNED, INHUMANE?Experts criticized the current and previous US governments’ use of a secretive ‘killing program’ it said likely creates, not eradicates, terrorists

NY Times News Service, WASHINGTON

The panel instead reserves the bulk of its criticism for how two successive US presidents have conducted a “long-term killing program based on secret rationales” and how too little thought has been given to what consequences might be spawned by this.

The Obama administration has been reluctant to make public any of the legal underpinnings of the targeted killing program.

As part of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits brought by the Times and the American Civil Liberties Union, a federal appeals court this week released a redacted version of a 2010 Department of Justice memo that blessed as legal the effort to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical Muslim cleric and US citizen who eventually died in a 2011 CIA drone strike in Yemen.

One section of the memo, a compilation of evidence to support administration claims that al-Awlaki had become an operational terrorist who posed a direct threat to Americans, remained redacted.

The report raised warnings that other countries might adopt the same rationale as Washington has for carrying out lethal strikes outside of declared war zones. Using an example of a current crisis, it said that Moscow could use armed drones in Ukraine under the justification that it was killing anti-Russian terrorists and then refuse to disclose the intelligence that served as the basis for the strike.

“In such circumstances, how could the United States credibly condemn Russian targeted killings?” the report asked.

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