The Intercept has released a trove of leaked documents related to the United State’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles to kill foreign targets. The documents reveal a disturbing story of an assassination program that has been sold to the public as a viable alternative to an expanded ground war in the Middle East. Among those things revealed were missions flown on faulty intelligence, a higher cost of civilian life than ever reported by the government, and a systematic mechanism for Presidential approval of assassinations, rebranded as “targeted killings.”
The source of the leaked documents revealed his motives behind his actions:
This outrageous explosion of watchlisting — of monitoring people and racking and stacking them on lists, assigning them numbers, assigning them ‘baseball cards,’ assigning them death sentences without notice, on a worldwide battlefield — it was, from the very first instance, wrong.
We’re allowing this to happen. And by ‘we,’ I mean every American citizen who has access to this information now, but continues to do nothing about it.
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The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama’s drone wars.