Secret blackhole battlefield of CIA drone ‘Bugsplat’ atrocities revealed prompts discussions on President Obama war crimes.
Prominent human rights defender Clive Stafford Smith, head of legal action charity Reprieve, has helped release rare photographs Monday of tribal childrens’ and other innocent civilians’ bodies after attacked by President Barack Obama’s weapon of choice, drones, used by U.S. military and CIA in the president’s undeclared secret war on Pakistan. Stafford Smith has threatened to suit the U.S. embassy in Pakistan for its complicity in civilian deaths by drones, part of the program officially called by U.S. authorites, “Bugsplat.”
“The CIA may have launched 70 drone strikes in tribal Pakistan in 2011 alone. But Americans, like the rest of the world, have no idea what the area looks like, or who lives there,” reported Wired Magazine on Monday.
President Obama’s CIA drone strikes in Pakistan are largely focused on mountainous areas of Waziristan near theAfghanistan border.
In the broad-based campaign against the CIA’ remote control drone attacks, Noor Behram, a resident of North Waziristan, has been working with Stafford Smith after spending years photographing the aftermath of drone strikes, often at personal risk.
“I want to show taxpayers in the Western world what their tax money is doing to people in another part of the world: killing civilians, innocent victims, children,” Behram said.
Stafford Smith is threatening to suit the U.S. embassy in Pakistan for its complicity in civilian deaths from drone strikes.
“Last Friday, lawyers representing victims of CIA drone attacks wrote to the US Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, to inform him that we were going to bring him to justice for his complicity in the illegal killing of Pakistan citizens,” Stafford Smith stated yesterday in his report, “Drone attacks in Pakistan: bringing the diplomats to justice.”
“U.S. officials deny any youths were killed, and identified the dead as al Qaeda facilitators.” The newly released photos evidence otherwise.
Stafford Smith, founder of Reprieve, has spent 27 years working on behalf of people facing the death penalty in the U.S.
Reprieve’s former legal actions filed in the U.S. and Europe helped expose clandestine CIA programs that prompted some governments to scale back their cooperation according toWSJ.
These include the CIA’s extraordinary rendition, the U.S. kidnapping and moving prisoners to third countries for detention and “questioning.”
The Obama “administration needs to think about the potential international legal liability of their officials,” said John Bellinger, a former legal adviser for the State Department during G.W. Bush’s administration, now at the Council on Foreign Relations reported WSJ.
“They’re convinced they’re on the side of the angels and can’t believe someone might accuse them of war crimes.”
Reprieve reports up that US ‘drones’ in Pakistan have killed up to 2,283 people since 2004 — “with the numbers rapidly escalating in the past two years under President Obama.”
Stafford Smith says security of everyone from Waziristan to Washington has been placed in greater jeopardy due to U.S. drones.
By August, London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) report showed U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan had killed more civilians than previously reported, including 168 children.
Commenting on those report findings, UNICEF had said: “Even one child death from drone missiles or suicide bombings is one child death too many. Children have no place in war, and all parties should do their utmost to protect children from violent attacks at all times.” Behram wants to publish a book of his hundreds of photographs of deaths by drones.
Obama can piss off. Same shit-for-a-president. Just under a new name.