Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 20, 2012, 2:24 p.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic
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"The recent news that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is requesting a significant expansion in its fleet of armed drones threatens to shroud the combat drone program in even further secrecy. At the behest of the Administration, the CIA has been conducting targeted killings abroad absent any oversight and with zero accountability. Increasing the CIA's role in those targeted killings raises further questions about the underlying legality the attacks. It also raises the question of whether it is even appropriate for an intelligence agency to act as a paramilitary force. Paradoxically, it is the Administration that is pursuing this policy, but it will be the CIA that holds the blame if things go wrong.
"The Administration's 'trust us' legal defense of its drone strikes are not enough to assure the Congress, the American people and the international community that such strikes are legal.
"A National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on the necessity of and the impact of drones on U.S. national security is clearly in order. Are drones necessary; are they wise; do they make a bad situation even worse?
"Lacking an NIE estimate, approval of the request for more drones would be tantamount to doubling down on the dismissal of international law.
"Drone attacks do not occur in a vacuum. They result in very real and very grave consequences on our relationships with other countries and on civilian populations. The more innocent people we kill, the more enemies we will create."