CIA drones gone wild

Great post on the legality of the CIA’s ‘signature’ drone strikes.

Under international laws of war, a targeted killing, by drone or otherwise, is only lawful if the target was, at the time of the strike, either “directly participating in hostilities” or performing a “continuous combat function.” Alternatively, the U.S. government could kill someone in self-defense if he poses an imminent threat to the United States. If the CIA is killing groups of unidentified individuals merely because it believes they’re associated with terrorist groups, however, that doesn’t meet the legal requirement.

Huffington Post

 

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