BBC: Barack Obama defends ‘just war’ using drones
In an outline of the new policy released to the news media, the administration said it preferred to capture terrorist suspects, with drone strikes used only amid a “continuing, imminent threat” to the US.
Reports suggested that the military would assume greater control over the drone programme, which is currently led in most areas by the CIA.
However, it was also reported that the CIA would maintain control of the programme in Pakistan, where most strikes have been carried out.
Beyond that, the administration listed criteria for the approval of a drone strike:
On Wednesday, the US disclosed that four Americans had been killed in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan since 2011, marking the first formal public acknowledgement of the US citizen deaths in drone strikes.
- "Near certainty" the target was present and that civilians would not be injured or killed
- Capture would not be feasible
- Authorities of the country in question could not or would not address the threat
- No other reasonable alternatives were available
Read the full article and watch Obama’s speech here.
Is “Star Trek Into Darkness” a Drone Allegory?
via newyorker“The anti-drone argument that ‘Star Trek’ goes for most is not one having to do with due process or civilian or collateral casualties…but an essentially emotional one: they feel strange. It doesn’t seem right, or like a fair, forthright fight.”
— Amy Davidson on “Star Trek” as a drone allegory: http://nyr.kr/13G1xxg