16 Mar 2013

'Nothing could justify US drone killings' + US to launch drone war in Syria: LA Times

UK and Europe BANNED Press TV: No legal or moral justification or attempt to label US drone killings as war could ever justify them, as they are nothing but 'assassinations carried out by order of the US president.' The comment comes as Washington claims its drone strikes target militants, although casualty figures show that Pakistani civilians are often the victims of the murderous non-UN-sanctioned attacks.
The slaughter of Pakistani civilians, including women and children, in US drone strikes has strained relations between Islamabad and Washington, and Pakistani officials have complained to the US administration.

In September 2012, a report by the Stanford Law School and the New York University School of Law gave an alarming account of the effect that assassination drone strikes have on ordinary people in Pakistan's tribal areas. Press TV has conducted an interview with Saul Landau with the Institute for Policy Studies to further discuss the issue. The video also offers the opinions of Laurence J. Korb with the Center for American Progress, in Berkley.

US to launch drone war in Syria: LA Times 
Press TV: The CIA is considering a secret contingency plan to expand the US assassination drone strikes to Syria, former and current American officials say. The officials said the Counterterrorism Center, which runs CIA's drone operations in Pakistan and Yemen, has recently tasked some of its agents to collect further intelligence on the situation in Syria, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.

The targeting officers, who are based at CIA headquarters in Langley, have formed a unit with US intelligence agents in Iraq, to examine purported threats against "the US' interests in Syria," the report said. The unit is closely working with Saudi, Jordanian and other regional spy services, according to the report. The CIA and the White House have declined to comment on the issue. Source


Chris Hedges - Speech at Rockford College 

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