Running Amok? Donald Trump Facilitates Civilian Drone Deaths, Continues Attacks in Seven Countries ‘and Elsewhere’ | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Running Amok? Donald Trump Facilitates Civilian Drone Deaths, Continues Attacks in Seven Countries ‘and Elsewhere’

The NGO CAGE, which campaigns against discriminatory state policies and advocates observance of due process and the rule of law, reminds readers that in October 2017, US President Donald Trump replaced the Obama rules pertaining to drone strikes with his own ‘rules’ called the “Principles, Standards, and Procedures,” or PSPs.

It reports that according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) these laws “make it easier to kill more people in more places outside recognized battlefields, posing grave risks of death and injury to civilians”:

“They do this by eliminating the requirement that a person must present a “continuing, imminent” threat to the United States before being targeted for killing. There is also no longer a high-level vetting process required for each individual strike. This means strikes can be okayed by other officials of lower rank. This means there are fewer lines of command to follow in the event of deaths, less chance of objectivity, and less likelihood of accountability”.

The current US administration has adopted a more secretive approach to drone strikes

It has denied requests for information or, as in October 2017, halted the reporting of strikes to the Bureau for Investigative Journalism and other NGOs that document drone casualties. Last month, the US Air Force, according to the Bureau, “ordered an overhaul of its public affairs operations aimed at preventing the release of information deemed sensitive”. This is all being done, naturally, for the sake of “practicing sound operational security".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The continuing use of these extrajudicial assassinations guarantees that the US will be at war perpetually, meaning that the weapons companies which manufacture these drones, and other weapons of war, and their stockholders, will profit greatly.

In what President Trump has done, particularly in his arms sales to countries like Saudi Arabia and for Israel, which generally receives American money to buy American weaponry Israel gets American Money to Buy American Weapons,,he has very clearly telegraphed his belief that war is good for American business.

But at what cost to the soul of this country?!? What about the innocents, the babies, the toddlers, the women, and the medically fragile elderly, who get blown to bits in these drone attacks?!? As a Christian pacifist activist, these are questions I frequently ask myself.

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