Targeted Killings in the Drone War – Illegal and Unconstitutional

Up until recently, we were all laboring under the illusion that U.S. Pakistani “friends” had reluctantly agreed to allow the United States kill al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban with drone attacks on their soil in exchange for bucket loads of cash in foreign aid. Now we find out that, right from the start, the Pakistanis would permit U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan only if the United States also killed an Islamist militant leader whose forces were focusing their attacks on the Pakistani government. In June 2004, in the first targeted assassination in Pakistan using a Predator drone, the Bush administration killed Nek Muhammad, a militant who primarily focused his ire on the Pakistani state.

Ivan Eland

Antiwar.com

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