We have already learned that the United States has killed its own citizens with secret military drones, but many people are unaware of just how prevalent these robot assassins have now become around the globe. In the three years since President Obama took office, more than five hundred civilians have been murdered by U.S. military drones in Pakistan alone, including scores of young children.
A new report by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism has documented that the CIA is using clandestine drone strikes to murder innocent people, including civilians who have tried to rescue injured victims, as well as slaughtering grieving mourners attending funerals.
Chris Woods, award-winning reporter with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, spoke with Amy Goodman about these atrocities:
“We noted that there were repeated reports at the time, contemporaneous reports in publications like New York Times, news agencies like Reuters, like CNN, that there were these strikes on rescuers, that there were reports of an initial strike and then some minutes later, as people had come forward to pull out the dead and injured that drones had returned to the scene and attacked rescues. We have been able to name just over 50 civilians that we understand have been killed in those attacks. In total, we think that more than 75 civilians have been killed specifically in these attacks on rescuers and on mourners, on funeral-goers.”