Drone Attack Over London……

14 Sep


Predator Drone


“The founder of the Wiki-leaks website, Julian Assange, has been killed today in a London suburb in a drone strike carried out by the United States Government.  His driver and an unnamed passenger were also killed in the attack.  A spokesperson for the US military confirmed that they were seeking the whereabouts of Gary McKinnon, the man who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome and is wanted in relation to illegally hacking into US military databases when he was 12 years old, but would neither confirm or deny that he was a target for future strikes”.

It sounds absurd, doesn’t it…..?

Yet both Julian Assange and Gary McKinnon face extradition to the United States to face charges of treason and the possibility of life imprisonment or the death penalty.  Whether you agree with the proportionality of extraditing these people or not, at least they will be awarded the due process of law which we hold to be one of the foundations upon which a civilised society operates.  So why is it that when seeking justice concerns a citizen or resident of the EU, the US Government takes the diplomatic, legal route, but when the person they are seeking resides in Pakistan, they deem it appropriate to ‘eliminate’ them using covert means?

The Pakistani authorities have the same extradition treaty with the US as with the UK.  In practice this means that the country seeking the extradition presents the facts to a court, which decides if the threshold of reasonable cause has been met and, if appropriate grants the request.  In time honoured fashion the party facing extradition can argue their case against the decision.  This is the chosen course of action by the US when dealing with Europe but in Pakistan it is a very different story.

In a blatant disregard for international law the US has launched drone strikes over Pakistani sovereign territory over 330 times, leaving 3,247 casualties including up to 852 civilians (source: Bureau of Investigative Journalists).  Each one of these attacks could be considered an act of war.  The casualties, we are told, are ‘high value’ targets involved in ‘terrorist’ activity.  Many reports from Pakistan refute this allegation but we have no independent means of assessing the situation.  Surely with such definitive intelligence the US would have had no problem in securing the extradition of those they have killed.  It would appear that the US government act very differently when dealing with Asia than with its western allies.

Imagine the political consequences if the US chose to launch drone strikes on those residing in European nations.  I doubt that such actions would be met with the apparent indifference shown toward those in Pakistan.  As with ‘extraordinary renditions’, detention without trial in Guantanamo Bay and the redefining of what constitutes torture, I have far more concerns about the actions of arguably the most powerful nation on Earth, than I do with the ‘Axis of Evil’……

Since 9/11 the United States Government has dismantled the constitution, refused to adhere to basic human rights and redefined international laws.  It acts as it sees fit and is answerable to no-one……

‘There are many definitions of terrorism, one of which is: The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims’……


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