Reaction: US rights group seeks all facts

Drone rogramme itself is not just unlawful but dangerous, says right group.

Our Correspondent May 01, 2012


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has demanded that the US Justice Department release all documents pertaining to the drone programme.

Reacting to John Brennan’s statement, Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer said it was ‘an unambiguous acknowledgement’ and the ‘clearest explanation’ thus far of the programme’s purported legal basis; however he was not convinced beyond that.

“Brennan supplies legal conclusions, not legal analysis. We continue to believe that the administration should release the Justice Department memos underlying the programme – particularly the memo that authorises the extrajudicial killing of American terrorism suspects. And the administration should release the evidence it relied on to conclude that an American citizen, Anwar al-Aulaqi, could be killed without charge, trial, or judicial process of any kind,” Jaffer said.

ACLU Director National Security Project Hina Shamsi added that the organisation continued to believe that the programme itself is not just unlawful but dangerous.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2012.


Love Pakistan | 10 years ago | Reply

Oh Drone my love keep up your good work until you finish the last terrorist. We support your campaign for humanity.

Raj - USA | 10 years ago | Reply

@Asad: @kanwal: @elementary:

I am not justifying killing of innocents. My only point here is that the theory that innocent collateral deaths create suicide bombers is not correct. Many suicide bombings have been on sectarian or ethnic lines. Crowded markets and even funerals have been targeted. I agree, sitting in USA I may not feel the pain as Pakistanis do nor may be fully aware of the ground realities. However, it does not appeal to my logic that the above theory is correct. This theory would have been correct if only NATO or US forces were targeted. Propagating this theory itself may encourage suicide attacks, particularly if done by influential / popular mullas and politicians. Suicide bombers do not become so due to the grief they suffer as a result of loss of their loved ones. They are systematically groomed and trained. Some may even have been coerced and compelled also. Some terror organizations have boasted of having a force of 10000 suicide bombers. One Mulla took 1500 children to Afghanistan and none returned.

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