Tuesday, May 01, 2012

White House: Drone Strikes ‘Legal and Ethical’

Obama Aide: Constitution Makes Strikes Lawful Anywhere on Planet

by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, April 30, 2012
Fresh off of an interview yesterday in which he shrugged off civilian killings in the US drone war, top White House adviser John O. Brennan was ordered to provide more “openness” on the program at a speech today in Washington.

This time, Brennan centered on the legality of the strikes, insisting that not only does the Constitution allow the president to assassinate people anywhere on the planet, but that the drone program was “legal, ethical and wise.”

Brennan went on to insist that there was “nothing in international law” that prohibits launching attacks on “enemies” outside of actual battlegrounds. Several organizations took issue with this and his other claims.

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