The United States drone program is shameful. Using unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct military operations while sitting across the world in an air conditioned office holding a mouse and keyboard, like playing call of duty or battlefield. Except this is reality… The result of this program is death and not only death to terrorist or threats to national security but also civilians. Mothers, fathers, children and elderly its non discriminant. Those lucky enough to survive are left traumatized with fear that at any moment their life can be taken from them. The number of civilian death varies whether you get the answer from the former Obama administration or various human rights groups.
Here is a section of an article from http://PBS.org
July 1, 2016 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday that between 64 and 116 civilians have been killed by drone and other U.S. strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. But the administration’s first such public assessment put the civilian death toll significantly lower than estimates by various human rights groups. These range as high as 1,100 killed. Seeking to create a precedent for his successor, Obama also signed an executive order that details U.S. policies to limit civilian casualties and makes protecting civilians a central element in U.S. military operations planning.
Which leads me into present time matters, Reported by http://washingtonpost.com
March 13, 2017 The Trump administration is close to finishing a review that would make it easier for the Pentagon to launch counterterrorism strikes anywhere in the world by lowering the threshold on acceptable civilian casualties and scaling back other constraints imposed by the Obama administration, senior U.S. officials said. The Trump review must still be approved by the president, but recent drafts of the new policy would represent a major change in the way the United States approaches drone strikes and other targeted-killing operations in places such as Yemen, Somalia and Libya. The changes to the Obama-era Presidential Policy Guidance would empower the Pentagon to make decisions on targets without approval from the White House and potentially scrap the “near-certainty” standard of no civilian deaths for strikes outside war zones. The Trump plans are also likely to relax the requirement that potential terror targets pose a “continuing and imminent threat” to U.S. personnel, officials said. A senior administration official said that the Trump White House remained committed to a standard above the minimum requirement mandated by the international law of armed conflict that governs most military operations.
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