Christof Heyns, a United Nations investigator, has accused the United States of targeted killing of Al-Qaeda terrorists using unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), thereby violating International Law, (and in some cases committing war crimes.) Mr. Heyns’ biggest concern is that successful use of drones to kill terrorists would encourage nations to acquire and use armed drones to target innocent civilians. International concerns over the use of armed drones came to the fore earlier this week when China and Russia complained to the UN Human Rights Council, demanding it condemn drone attacks. These countries are condemning Armed UAV out of concerns that drone strikes could damage their assets in Syria.
The use of drones to track and kill terrorists in Pakistan has raised concerns that they could be used to target terrorists outside of a war zones, where they run and hide to escape reprisal. Under the banner of “Human Rights”, this leftist, along with the ACLU, would like to create new international laws and UN oversight of armed drones. If it is anything like the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, it will be about as useless as an 18-year old rookie Mall Cop.
Former head of the CIA’s counter-terrorism center Robert Grenier is warning that President Obama’s use of UAVs in targeting terrorists is far “too indiscriminate in hitting targets and could lead to such political instability that it creates terrorist safe havens.” The use of Predators to remotely kill terrorist is very easy and seductive, and if the White House over-uses this weapon, the unintended consequences will diminish the use of the weapon in future operations. The drones are the reason for recruiting terrorists; America’s very existence is more than enough reason for the terrorist organizations to exist and recruit poor ignorant saps to do their dirty work.
Drones over the U.S.
The technology used in UAVs is becoming cheaper and more powerful to be used by civilian agencies in the United States for various roles. Unarmed Aerial drone use by law enforcement agencies has some positive uses such as search and rescue, tracking criminals, and aiding the border patrol. The downside of the easy availability of drones is that they are a threat to our Civil Liberties. Recent news agencies have reported that domestic drones have been used against Americans.
Sen. Rand Paul R-KY is aware of government agencies misusing unmanned drones to snoop on the daily lives of Americans with little or no accountability. He has introduced legislation, the “Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2012″, that would compel police forces and other agencies to obtain a warrant before using drones within the United States.
The question is far from being resolved.
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