Monday, 21 January 2013 20:12

CIA 'exempts Pakistan drone strikes'

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"John Brennan, the counter-terrorism adviser nominated by President Obama to be the next head of the CIA, has reportedly agreed to exempt agency strikes inPakistan from a new set of rules that attempts to justify and codify the use of drones to assassinate leaders of al-Qaida and other terrorist groups around the world, including US citizens.

The dispensation to allow so-called targeted killing to continue without restrictions in Pakistan removes from the new set of guidelines the most important and controversial target of drone strikes. In the past few weeks the frequency of US strikes in the tribal areas of northern Pakistan, where many al-Qaida and Taliban leaders are hiding out, has been stepped up."

How Cheney-esque...create a rulebook to address a problem that you promptly ignore and do anyway. "1984" comes to mind. Obama is the care-taker of empire, to be sure. - Wes

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