US drone assassinations flout all domestic, international laws: Activist
It is completely illegal and people of conscience, Americans who are aware - and unfortunately most Americans don't realize, that's the other scary part is that most Americans are totally unaware of what we're really doing with these drone weapons." Toby Blome, a CodePink peace activist from WashingtonAn activist says the assassination drone attacks carried out by the US around the world are against all domestic and international laws and disregard the sovereignty of nations. "We want open transparency. Personally, I find the drone program completely illegal because it's killing people off the battlefield. It's becoming an institutionalized form of assassination that's really against all international and national laws," Toby Blome, a CodePink peace activist from Washington, told Press TV on Sunday. She called on the countries coming under drone strikes to launch investigations into the assassination attacks "to find out when they have a drone strike, who really is killed? They really don't. They fire the Hellfire missiles and they go on and do their next job." "It is completely illegal and people of conscience, Americans who are aware - and unfortunately most Americans don't realize, that's the other scary part, is that most Americans are totally unaware of what we're really doing with these drone weapons," the activist said.
Washington uses its assassination drones in Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Somalia, claiming that they target the terrorists. The attacks, however, have mostly led to massive civilian casualties.Blome went on to say: "This is a really different kind of warfare that's never existed before. We're going around the world killing people while they're in their kitchens cooking meals. We're killing, attacking funerals and weddings. Some reports say US drone operations in Yemen nearly tripled in 2012 compared to the previous year. DB/SZH