Does anyone remember when those on the left claimed George W. Bush’s use of unmaned drones was a war crime? Notice how those same lefties haven’t been claiming the same thing since Obama became president? Well, the UN is claiming that ‘targeted-killings’ may be a war crime.
The Associated Press reports, via Breitbart.com
Governments must come clean on their methods for killing suspected terrorists and insurgents—especially when using unmanned drones—because they may be committing war crimes, a U.N. human rights expert said Wednesday.
Philip Alston, the independent U.N. investigator on extrajudicial killings, called on countries to lay out the rules and safeguards they use when carrying out so-called targeted killings, publish figures on civilian casualties and prove they have attempted to capture or incapacitate suspects without killing them.
His 29-page report to the U.N. Human Rights Council will put unwanted scrutiny on intelligence operations of the United States, Israel and Russia, who Alston says are all credibly reported to have used drones to kill alleged terrorists and insurgents.
Alston, a New York University law professor, said the use of unmanned aerial vehicles by intelligence agencies such as the CIA to carry out targeted killings in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere is particularly fraught because of the secrecy surrounding such operations.
“In a situation in which there is no disclosure of who has been killed, for what reason, and whether innocent civilians have died, the legal principle of international accountability is, by definition, comprehensively violated,” Alston said.