Saturday, 28 April 2012 / TRUTH-OUT.ORG
Could We Stop "Signature" Drone Strikes in
Saturday, 28 April 2012 08:44
But such "signature strikes" increase the risk of killing innocent civilians, as well as the risk of killing people who have no dispute with the
According to last week's Washington Post report, some US officials voiced concern that incidents in which civilians and local insurgents who are not related to attacks on the US are killed could become more frequent if the CIA is given the authority to use signature strikes in Yemen. "How discriminating can they be?" asked a senior
The Washington Post noted that "signature" drone strikes have been part of the CIA's drone program in
In defending the drone strikes in
The fact that President Obama would claim that drone strikes only target "people who are on a list" in Pakistan when that hasn't been true in the past, the report that the White House has subsequently curtailed such signature strikes in Pakistan and the report that senior US officials oppose giving the CIA authority to conduct signature strikes in Yemen suggest that such strikes are particularly controversial and politically vulnerable.
Abdul-Ghani al-Iryani, a Yemeni political analyst and head of a group that campaigns for democracy, recently told The New York Times that increased US military involvement in Yemen could inflame the situation in southern Yemen, and possibly draw in more foreign fighters. "I think it is going to be counterproductive," he said. "We have new leadership. The Yemeni military should deal with this itself."
The administration appears to be involving us in a new war in
But we can still do something about this. The fact that signature strikes have reportedly been curtailed in
Robert Naiman is policy director at Just Foreign Policy and president of Truthout's board of directors.
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