(NPR) As Drone Strikes Increase, So Do Concerns Over Their Use

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Without question, drones have become the U.S. weapon of choice in the fight against terrorism. Counterterrorism officials say they've come to rely on the pilotless aircraft for their surveillance capability and what officials say is precision targeting. That reliance has led to greater use in the past couple of years, especially in Pakistan and Yemen.

John Bellinger, a State Department legal adviser during the George W. Bush administration, says there are increasing concerns about the frequency of drone attacks.

"We have seen the Obama administration growing more sensitive to the concern that they themselves may be accused of violating international law and more concerned about use by other countries," he says.

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Posted June 13, 2012 at 5:45 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. dwstroudmd+ wrote:

Hmmm, Obama trying to get enough “bright shiny victories” to claim for election time?  I recall the Democratic aborrhence to the idea after the Gulf War and the resultant Clinton Administration.  There was something about all this in the incumbent’s campaign last time around too…............

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