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Obama's Drone Terrorism

December 15, 2012


OBAMA THE TYRANT - Barack Obama uses drones and Hellfire missiles extensively to carry out extra-judicial killings and terrorize the civilian populations living under the drones.  American researchers have found that U.S. drones often use the well-known terrorist tactic of striking a second time after first responders have arrived to tend to those injured in the first attack.  This is criminal. 

U.S. drones flying over Afghanistan and Pakistan employ a terrorism tactic known as the "double tap," which the U.S. government itselfconsiders to be a terrorist act and a war crime.  The double tap tactic is when a drone strikes a targeted site with ‘Hellfire’ missiles in relatively quick succession, meaning that the second missile often kills the first responders aiding the victims of the first strike.   

A 2012 report from the NYU School of Law and Stanford Law School entitled Living Under Drones concludes that this tactic raises "crucial moral and legal concerns.  Not only does the practice put into question the extent to which secondary strikes comply with international humanitarian law’s basic rules ... but it also potentially violates specific legal protections for medical and humanitarian personnel, and for the wounded.  As international law experts have noted, intentional strikes on first responders may constitute war crimes."

If there are "secondary drone strikes on rescuers who are helping (the injured) after an initial drone attack, those further attacks are a war crime," Christof Heyns, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, told The Guardian

It is quite clear that Obama’s drone war is both illegal and immoral. “There is absolutely nothing in the Constitution that allows the president to make private war on individuals,” Esquire’s Charles P. Pierce wrote about Obama’s “kill list.”


"Living Under Drones" Link - http://youtu.be/6yMOzvmgVhc 

Sources and Recommended Reading:

“Drone strikes threaten 50 years of international law, says UN rapporteur,” by Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, June 21, 2012
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/21/drone-strikes-international-law-un

Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians from U.S. Drone Practices in Pakistan, International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic (Stanford Law School) and Global Justice Clinic (NYU School of Law), September 2012
http://livingunderdrones.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Stanford_NYU_LIVING_UNDER_DRONES.pdf

“More Evidence that Drones are Targeting Civilian Rescuers in Afghanistan,” by Michael Kelley, September 25, 2012
http://www.businessinsider.com/drone-double-tap-first-responders-2012-9

“Obama's Kill List and the End of the Post-9/11 World,” by Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, May 29, 2012
http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/obama-kill-list-9257224

“The NYU Student Tweeting Every Reported U.S. Drone Strike Has Revealed a Disturbing Trend,” by Michael Kelley, December 12, 2012

http://www.businessinsider.com/us-drone-tweets-reveal-double-tap-plan-2012-12


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