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'Obama rationale for using drones not lawful'
Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:56PM
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John B. Quigley, professor of law at Ohio State University, says U.S. President Barack Obama's rationale for the use of drones against other countries “is certainly not lawful”.


In a phone interview with Press TV's U.S. Desk on Tuesday, Professor Quigley said there are two scenarios with regard to U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan and other countries: With the permission of the state and without the permission of the state.


“Certainly doing it without the permission of the state is a violation of the sovereignty of that state. But even if it is with the permission of that state it is still a violation of the human rights of the individuals involved,” he noted.


Professor Quigley said similar to the administration of his predecessor, the Obama administration uses the so-called “war on international terrorism” as his rationale for the use of drones against other countries. “That is not generally acknowledged as a legitimate kind of conflict at the international level,” he concluded.


President Barack Obama on Monday confirmed for the first time that U.S. drone aircrafts have struck Taliban and al-Qaeda targets within Pakistan.


An extensive analysis by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism in August 2011 found that U.S. drone attacks killed as many as 775 civilians, including at least 168 children since 2004. The report highlights that U.S. drones strike Pakistan every four days.




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