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Al Qaida family - Drone strikes "inhumane"

Postby AverageJoe » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:32 pm

I kid you not

Exclusive: Drones "inhumane", dead al Qaeda man's family says

(Reuters) - The brother of al Qaeda's second-in-command, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike, said Washington's use of the remote-controlled weapons is inhumane and makes a nonsense of its claims to champion human rights.

U.S. officials said on Tuesday that Libyan-born al Qaeda operative Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed by a drone strike in Pakistan, in what was described as a major blow to the militant group.

The attack is likely to fuel an increasingly fierce debate about the legality and morality of the drones, which have become one of the chief U.S. weapons against al Qaeda but which opponents say stretch the definition of the legitimate use of lethal force.

"The United States talks human rights and freedoms for all, but the method they used to kill him is savage," Abu Bakr al-Qayed, brother of al-Libi, told Reuters on Wednesday in a telephone interview.

"The way the Americans killed him is heinous and inhumane," he said, speaking from the town of Wadi Otba, south of the Libyan capital. "We are in the 21st century and they claim to be civilized and this is how they take out people."

"Regardless of my brother's ideology, or beliefs, he was a human being and at the end of the day deserves humane treatment," he said.

For years considered a covert Central Intelligence Agency program, the unmanned aircraft can be remotely piloted from thousands of kilometers (miles) away and can fire missiles at targets at the push of a button.

White House officials say there is nothing in international law that forbids the use of the drones and that, by killing dangerous insurgents, they are making Americans safer.

That view has been challenged by authorities in Pakistan, who are angry because many of the strikes have happened on their soil, and by rights campaigners.

Civil liberties groups argue that the strikes are illegal because they take place outside an active battlefield, meaning the rules of law which allow a combatant to kill their opponent do not apply.

More at http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/ ... B820120606


Because, you know, Al Qaida is renowned for their humane killing methods :lol: :roll:
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Re: Al Qaida family - Drone strikes "inhumane"

Postby Smitty-48 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:33 pm

Next comes their class action lawsuit...
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Re: Al Qaida family - Drone strikes "inhumane"

Postby drtrech » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:36 pm

Aside from the fact that the "victim" was not an American citizen, this use of drones does raise some similar issues to those cases.

If we have a policy against assassination, how does a drone strike fit in?

(I happen to think assassination is a very good way to fight wars, but "they" don't ask for my opinion.)
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Re: Al Qaida family - Drone strikes "inhumane"

Postby AverageJoe » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:39 pm

drtrech wrote:If we have a policy against assassination, how does a drone strike fit in?


Precision strike operation. If we used a fighter with a laser guided bomb on that target would it be any different...besides the larger blast/fragmentation kill radius?
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Re: Al Qaida family - Drone strikes "inhumane"

Postby Smitty-48 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:39 pm

drtrech wrote:Aside from the fact that the "victim" was not an American citizen, this use of drones does raise some similar issues to those cases.

If we have a policy against assassination, how does a drone strike fit in?

(I happen to think assassination is a very good way to fight wars, but "they" don't ask for my opinion.)


Don't think of it as an assassination... just think of it as a very, very specific air strike.

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Re: Al Qaida family - Drone strikes "inhumane"

Postby Waleis » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:40 pm

If my brother were killed by a foreign government, I'd be pretty upset about it...regardless of what he'd been involved with. Nothing surprising to see here, just some angry relatives.
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Re: Al Qaida family - Drone strikes "inhumane"

Postby drtrech » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:54 pm

AverageJoe wrote:
drtrech wrote:If we have a policy against assassination, how does a drone strike fit in?


Precision strike operation. If we used a fighter with a laser guided bomb on that target would it be any different...besides the larger blast/fragmentation kill radius?

Do we have a policy that allows for air strikes against non-military targets, or non-combatant personnel?

If so, that starts sounding like assassination.
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Re: Al Qaida family - Drone strikes "inhumane"

Postby Smitty-48 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:01 pm

drtrech wrote:Do we have a policy that allows for air strikes against non-military targets, or non-combatant personnel?

If so, that starts sounding like assassination.




D.P.H. "Direct Participant in Hostilities". If they are participating in a tangible way; logistics, intel, communications, etc... they qualify as combatants.

Not wearing a uniform and/or using human shields, doesn't actually immunize them, from being a military target.
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Re: Al Qaida family - Drone strikes "inhumane"

Postby de officiis » Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:03 pm

I wonder what he would consider the "moral" use of force, if any.
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Re: Al Qaida family - Drone strikes "inhumane"

Postby drtrech » Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:09 pm

Smitty-48 wrote:
drtrech wrote:Do we have a policy that allows for air strikes against non-military targets, or non-combatant personnel?

If so, that starts sounding like assassination.




D.P.H. "Direct Participant in Hostilities". If they are participating in a tangible way; logistics, intel, communications, etc... they qualify as combatants.

Not wearing a uniform and/or using human shields, doesn't actually immunize them, from being a military target.

All academic as far as I'm concerned.

I think when at war the target should be the highest possible military executive.

I know, it's not "civilized" to go after the supreme commander.

Bullshit, IMO.
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Re: Al Qaida family - Drone strikes "inhumane"

Postby Smitty-48 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:16 pm

drtrech wrote:All academic as far as I'm concerned.

I think when at war the target should be the highest possible military executive.

I know, it's not "civilized" to go after the supreme commander.

Bullshit, IMO.


<shrugs>

This operation is consistent with your doctrine then, because it was a counter leadership operation and he was second in the chain of command at AQ.
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Re: Al Qaida family - Drone strikes "inhumane"

Postby drtrech » Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:19 pm

Smitty-48 wrote:
drtrech wrote:All academic as far as I'm concerned.

I think when at war the target should be the highest possible military executive.

I know, it's not "civilized" to go after the supreme commander.

Bullshit, IMO.


<shrugs>

This operation is consistent with your doctrine then, because it was a counter leadership operation and he was second in the chain of command at AQ.

As long as he's not a US citizen . . .

As I said, I think the dying should be at the highest levels, rather than the lowest. If the one guy in the palace dies, thousands of better men in the field might live.
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Re: Al Qaida family - Drone strikes "inhumane"

Postby RAnthony » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:06 pm

drtrech wrote:Aside from the fact that the "victim" was not an American citizen, this use of drones does raise some similar issues to those cases.

If we have a policy against assassination, how does a drone strike fit in?

(I happen to think assassination is a very good way to fight wars, but "they" don't ask for my opinion.)
+1. I think this is the only valid argument against the strikes. We said we wouldn't do that. Personally, I'd prefer some precision sniper attacks. Less collateral damage that way.
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Re: Al Qaida family - Drone strikes "inhumane"

Postby Nergol » Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:13 pm

How dare this man think that his brother deserved due process of law and a fair trial before being executed? He's obviously a terrorist if he believes in shit like that.
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Re: Al Qaida family - Drone strikes "inhumane"

Postby Smitty-48 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:23 pm

Nergol wrote:How dare this man think that his brother deserved due process of law and a fair trial before being executed? He's obviously a terrorist if he believes in shit like that.



You guys want to give judicial review/due process to Al Qaeda in Northern Pakistan? Wow, that's pretty generous... seems impractical though.
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