How a U.S. citizen came to be in drone crosshairs

  • Article by: MARK MAZZETTI, CHARLIE SAVAGE and SCOTT SHANE , New York Times
  • Updated: March 9, 2013 - 10:33 PM

WASHINGTON  – One morning in late September 2011, a group of American drones took off from an airstrip the CIA had built in Saudi Arabia. The drones crossed the border into Yemen, and were soon hovering over a group of trucks clustered in a desert patch of Jawf Province, a region once renowned for breeding Arabian horses.

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jtriceMar. 9, 13 8:56 PM

"...because he was participating in the war with Al-Qaida..." Works for me.

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chris5144Mar. 9, 13 9:22 PM

Surgical strikes cross the line to become mass murder when the button is pushed without positive identification of the target, or when the target is clearly not isolated in a manner that assures you aren't killing innocents. How ludicrous is it to take great pains to evaluate whether an individual is a combatant who has earned such targeting... and then blow up everything and everybody without any confirmation that the target is even present?

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tmauelMar. 10, 1312:08 AM

Two intensive studies by The Brookings Institute and the London Bureau of Investigative Journalism employed statistical analysis of actual drone strikes by the U.S. within the tribal areas of Pakistan in calendar 2009. The Brookings study estimated 90% of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan killed innocent civilians. The study conducted by the Bureau of Inveustigative Journalism found that fully 95% of drone victims were civilian. Why such a terrible record? Because the U.S. has almost no actionable intelligence on the ground in the numerous countries that drones operate. So the U.S. employs a method called signature strikes where the identity of the target is often unknown and based on cell pone data or any gathering of three or more males between the ages of 18 and 60. The U.S. is also under investigation by the UN for striking first responders to their drone attacks and for attacking the funeral services of their primarily civilian targets. A clear violation of international law.

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steavis61067Mar. 10, 1312:40 AM

@chris5144 - "Surgical strikes cross the line to become mass murder when the button is pushed without positive identification of the target, or when the target is clearly not isolated in a manner that assures you aren't killing innocents. How ludicrous is it to take great pains to evaluate whether an individual is a combatant who has earned such targeting... and then blow up everything and everybody without any confirmation that the target is even present?" ...................... I don't like innocent people killed either, but unless you can tell me Al Qaeda thinks the same, then you are the problem. You have no clue what the real world is like. Get out of the cafe with WiFi and look around. People want to kill you. It is that simple. Think I'm wrong? I am not. Hundreds of videos out there to prove it. You and I value life, but many out there do not.

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climategateMar. 10, 13 1:25 AM

If Bush or any Republican or Republican administration was guilty of doing this, ALL the media which serves as the propaganda department for the left and the anti-war left would be screeching endlessly for his impeachment and imprisonment of those responsible. Instead, because it's the left's favorite sockpuppet in chief, it's all A-OK. Such hypocrisy is very disappointing, but not surprising.

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samiamMar. 10, 13 7:03 AM

Drones are a direct result of the terrorist attacks against Americans. They provide a method for America to quickly strike back and yes, spread a little terror of our own.

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madenusaMar. 10, 13 7:48 AM

Civilian casualties? Have you forgotten 9/11? There would be far less civilians killed if they didn't harbor terrorists. Compare the number of civilians killed by drones as to the number killed by terrorist bombers over there. Killed by their own countrymen.

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paulskiMar. 10, 13 8:00 AM

live by the sword, die by the sword

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monkeyplanetMar. 10, 13 8:30 AM

Questions to all of you who defend summary execution (no trial and no conviction). 1) If the President can order the death of an American anywhere in the world, far from any actual battlefield, then what CAN'T he do? 2) Are you comfortable with ANY American president wielding this power, not just one you like or voted for? 3) Why even bother having a court system? Shouldn't we just abolish it if we're going to vest the executive branch with all power?

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MN's loneliest REPMar. 10, 13 8:33 AM

I agree with samiam. We're in an on-going war with people who are willing to indiscriminately kill us, just because we're Americans. They need to know we have the will to not only defend ourselves, but to proactively strike back. And yes, if you're a fool who has switched sides, you are the enemy. I don't care if you we're born in North Carolina or Yemen. If we require our military to get lawyers involved every time we need to "pull the trigger"...it's over, we lose.

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