[pjw] US halts reporting of civilian deaths by drone outside war zones | Reuters 3/6
Peace and Justice Works
pjw at pjw.info
Sun Mar 10 16:14:42 EDT 2019
Certainly this will be one of the articles we discuss tomorrow (Monday) at
the Iraq Affinity Group meeting (at 7 PM). Hope folks can make it.
But more so, I hope people will contact elected officials to object to
this reversal in policy. Of course, the main message should be to end
drone warfare, as it is only causing more proliferation of violence and
For example, on Friday Saudi Arabia shot down a drone they say was fired
by the Houthis in Yemen, which ended up injuring people and damaging
Imagine if every country or militant group in the world decided to start
flying drones over the US. It's just immoral.
peace and justice works iraq affinity group
March 6, 2019 / 9:18 PM / 3 days ago
U.S. halts reporting of civilian deaths by drone outside war zones
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed an executive order
on Wednesday that revoked an Obama-era policy requiring U.S.
intelligence officials to report civilian deaths in drone strikes
outside of active war zones.
President Barack Obama put the policy in place in 2016 as part of an
effort to be more transparent about drone strikes after he had
dramatically increased their use against Islamist militants.
Trump's rescinding of the policy was done with little fanfare. The
White House released the text of his executive order.
"This action eliminates superfluous reporting requirements,
requirements that do not improve government transparency, but rather
distract our intelligence professionals from their primary mission,'
an administration official said.
The Obama policy had required the U.S. director of national
intelligence to release by May 1 each year an unclassified summary of
the number of strikes undertaken by the United States against militant
targets outside areas of active hostilities.
"The United States government is fully committed to complying with
its obligations under the law of armed conflict, minimizing, to the
greatest extent possible, civilian casualties, and acknowledging
responsibility when they unfortunately occur during military
operations," the administration official said.
U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat who chairs the House of
Representatives Intelligence Committee, in a statement called the
requirement issued by Obama "an important measure of transparency,"
and said "there is simply no justification" for canceling it.
"Today's decision underscores the need for Congress to make this
reporting mandatory, something I intend to pursue through the
Intelligence Authorization Act this year," he said.
Reporting by Steve Holland and Jeff Mason; Editing by Susan Thomas and
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