Saturday, December 14, 2013

Drone Strikes in Pakistan

From:  The New York Times 

COMMENT - Isn't it amazing they can't understand why Pakistanis resent having drones murder toddlers? 

To the Editor:
Re “Visiting Pakistan, Hagel Seeks to Shore Up Alliance” (news article, Dec. 10):
If the United States is serious about addressing Pakistan’s outrage over continued drone strikes, it needs to start by investigating potentially unlawful drone killings.
Across the border in Afghanistan, an American military commander apologized after a drone strike allegedly killed a toddler last month and pledged an investigation. Yet in Pakistan, the United States has never taken such steps.
The United States’ silence on killings is speaking volumes. Instead of clinging to official secrecy about a killing program of the Central Intelligence Agency that has grown notorious, the administration should commit to investigations and accountability for unlawful drone killings. 

Washington, Dec. 11, 2013
The writer is advocacy adviser at Amnesty International USA and the author of several reports on drone strikes.

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