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US military, CIA addicted to drones: Analyst
Sun Aug 4, 2013 5:39PM
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The U.S. military and intelligence agencies are so used to using pilotless aircraft in their operations worldwide that it seems pretty unlikely that the U.S. will stop or reduce employing the drones, an analyst says.


“Drones have become an addiction. They are on the rise and it is very, very, very hard to believe that their use will be diminished”, Rob Kall, the executive editor of OpEdNews.com, told Press TV on Sunday.

The U.S. has not been transparent on the use of drones which started under former President George W. Bush but rose drastically after Barack Obama took office in 2009.

The U.S. conducts drone strikes in a number of countries including Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan and claims that the attacks target terrorism suspects. Washington, however, has always avoided admitting that civilians have been the main victims of such strikes.

The problem about the use of the remote-controlled planes “is partly that Barack Obama has set things up so that he is allowed or able to deny awareness of what’s being done”, said Kall, who is also the host of the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show.

Secretary of State John Kerry recently said that the U.S. may stop using drones in Pakistan. Islamabad says the drone attacks, mainly conducted in the country’s tribal areas, are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.

A State Department statement explaining Kerry’s remarks cast doubt on the seriousness of the US in stopping drone attacks in Pakistan.

“In no way would we ever deprive ourselves of a tool that would help us fight a threat if it arises”, the statement said.

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