Saturday, June 1, 2013

Barack Obama’s Rules For Drones Could Shape The New Global Laws Of War

Out Of The Shadows -- The Economist

Barack Obama’s rules for drones could shape the new global laws of war.

WHEN it comes to lethal drone strikes against foreign targets, America’s government and Congress should be aware that “what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander”, says John Bellinger, for eight years a government lawyer charged with explaining George W. Bush’s global war on terror to allies.

China and Russia are just two of the powers that may soon launch their own fleets of unmanned aircraft against suspected foes. It is not too far-fetched to imagine a near future in which a Russian drone targets a Chechen radical based in neighbouring Georgia, say, who appears immune from capture while apparently plotting an imminent strike on Russian targets.

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My Comment: After years of using drones .... now is the perfect time to have a public debate on this policy.

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