If you looked closely Monday at the Inauguration events, you might have seen a sign saying "Drone Strikes = War Crimes."
But other than that, drone warfare wasn't getting much attention, unless you happened to be in Yemen, where a drone airstrike killed three suspected al-Qaida militants and wounded two others, according to security officials.
Robert Naiman, policy director of Just Foreign Policy, was at DePaul University last week to talk about U.S. policy on drones.
"The record suggests that only a tiny fraction of people [killed by drone strikes] have been top-level terrorist leaders," Naiman says. "What I am telling people is that we need to engage Congress on this."
Asking Congress to stop all drone attacks "is a nonstarter," but Congress needs to push for some restrictions, he says. Independent reporting suggests that only 2 percent of those killed by drones since 2004 have been top-level terrorist leaders - one third the number of children who have died in the attacks, he says.
While talking at DePaul, Naiman says, he asked those in the audience how many believed drone warfare entails significant moral and ethical problems. Everybody raised their hands.
But when he asked how many people thought citizens can affect drone policy, only about a third raised their hands.
"This is a big obstacle, this belief that there is nothing we can do about the policy," he says.
Read Robert Naiman's Jan. 22 essay here.
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