White House Presses for Drone Rule Book – NYTimes.com

A timely topic that will be litigated next Wednesday at BYU’s Kennedy Center.  What does it mean that the US uses drones in light of international law?  Will the blowback down the road undermine national security and interests?

Though publicly the administration presents a united front on the use of drones, behind the scenes there is longstanding tension. The Defense Department and the C.I.A. continue to press for greater latitude to carry out strikes; Justice Department and State Department officials, and the president’s counterterrorism adviser, John O. Brennan, have argued for restraint, officials involved in the discussions say.

More broadly, the administration’s legal reasoning has not persuaded many other countries that the strikes are acceptable under international law. For years before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the United States routinely condemned targeted killings of suspected terrorists by Israel, and most countries still object to such measures.

via White House Presses for Drone Rule Book – NYTimes.com.


5 thoughts on “White House Presses for Drone Rule Book – NYTimes.com”

  1. It is extremely important for the international community and U.S. to carefully ponder over its effectiveness of drone strikes. Yes, the Obama administration has emphsized that the drone strikes have successfully killed the peronnels who were “thought to be” top leaders of al Qaeda. Turns out a lot of innocent civillians were killed at its process. I want to point out that, according to this article (http://www.jstor.org/stable/25462298?origin=JSTOR-pdf), They are “mastering the heart of infiltration, mixing into communities very different from their own.” This trend suggests that drone stikes may become less effective in the near future as it will become much more difficult to precisely spot the desired targe (which seems to be not in a satisgying level at this moment either). It is a great technology that can spare American soldiers’ lives in attacking a target that we are not sure of, there is no doubt; and I congratulate for the U.S. for its technological advance. However more study of its true effectiveness is essential so that the U.S. can set the right precedent for the international community.

  2. The implications of American drone strikes on future international law are troubling. The sense of American exceptionalism that permeates American justification of CIA drone strikes does not hold up in the international arena. I wonder what the U.S. will have to say, and what kind of leverage America will have when Iran, Russia, or China start targeting “dissidents”.

    This article by CNN talks about worldwide development of drones:


  3. Terrorists are criminals and not representatives of any nation. Treating them as individual criminals is better than going to war. But in any instance should people kill outside the rule of law. Otherwise, who is safe? Therefore, there should be an impartial structure of law about who is subject to drone attack. How do we feel about other countries -friends or enemies- using drones? Some sort of international understanding seems wise before putting any more people in danger.

  4. Maybe its ignorance and lack of real knowledge about drones on my part, but I don’t see what the uproar about drone usage is all about. They are used as spy planes and to deliver missile strikes. Countries have always used planes to spy and to drop bombs. Shouldn’t the same rules that have always applied still apply to drones? Just don’t bomb someone that doesn’t need to be bombed and don’t spy on anyone that doesn’t need to be spied on. There is a certain amount of accountability that is involved, which the article talks about, (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/us-drone-war-demands-accountability/2012/11/01/56627964-2380-11e2-8448-81b1ce7d6978_story.html) but other than that it should be a simple debate.

  5. I agree that the U.S. use of drone strikes should follow some sort of rules. The expansion from specific people that were known to be planning attacks to what are known as “signature strikes” is troubling. The use of drone strikes by the United States is viewed very unfavorably outside of the US, especially in Pakistan and Yemen where the majority of the strikes happen. Here is another article that discusses the use of drones by the US: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joseph-a-palermo/drone-warfare-ban_b_2200415.html

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