kind of a read, but, for those of us that have been to afghanistan and iraq, raise your hand if you love the pred/reaper.... *raises hand*
i assisted in saving my friends multiple times with those platforms... ACLU can suck it... ****ing hippies.
ACLU Sues Government Over Drones
By Jen DiMascio
The American Civil Liberties Union sued the federal government Tuesday to
learn the use of unmanned drones for targeted killings by the military and
"In particular, the lawsuit asks for information on when, where and against
whom drone strikes can be authorized, the number and rate of civilian
casualties and other basic information essential for assessing the wisdom
and legality of using armed drones to conduct targeted killings," the ACLU
said in a statement, announcing its action.
The nonprofit civil liberties group filed initial Freedom of Information Act
requests with the Defense, Justice and State departments and with the
Central Intelligence Agency on Jan. 13. Only the CIA responded, and the ACLU
is pursuing that request with an appeal to the agency.
The military and intelligence communities have increasingly relied on
Predator and Reaper unmanned drones to capture video imagery and launch
deadly missile strikes, particularly lately in Afghanistan and neighboring
Pakistan. The Pentagon, especially, continues to purchase more and more
drones each year.
A New American Foundation study, cited in Jane Mayer's October 2009 New
Yorker piece that drew attention to the CIA's use of killer drones, found
the number of attacks has continued to grow under the Obama administration -
from 34 in 2008 to 43 by October of 2009.
"The government's use of drones to conduct targeted killings raises
complicated questions - not only legal questions, but policy and moral
questions as well," said Jameel Jaffer, director of the ACLU National
Security Project. "These kinds of questions ought to be discussed and
debated publicly, not resolved secretly behind closed doors. While the Obama
administration may legitimately withhold intelligence information as well as
sensitive information about military strategy, it should disclose basic
information about the scope of the drone program, the legal basis for the
program and the civilian casualties that have resulted from the program."
Charles Miller, a spokesman for the Justice Department, which is a defendant
in the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, said he had not yet
seen the complaint.
"The bottom line is that we will review the compliant once we receive it and
make a determination as to how we'll respond in court," he said.
The Defense Department, another defendant, had no immediate comment.