“A review of published data from U.S. agencies, NATO and independent researchers show that at least 5,742 people have been murdered by U.S. forces since January 2009. At least 1,877 of them have been killed by unmanned drones” Larouchepac
Denmark Features Obama Administration’s Liquidation of Terror Suspects
October 30, 2011
“The U.S. is liquidating terror suspects as never before,” was the title of a major article in the Danish daily Information on Oct. 28. The Information article then became a major story in other Danish media yesterday, including Denmark’s largest newspaper Jyllands-Posten, and both DR and TV2, the two leading electronic media in the country.
The Information article began:
“License to kill anyone, anytime and anywhere. In practice, that is the right U.S. President Barack Obama has given the CIA and U.S. special forces.
“Since the Democrats took power in the White House, the number of terrorist suspects who have been killed by unmanned aircraft and U.S. special forces, has multiplied. A review of published data from U.S. agencies, NATO and independent researchers show that at least 5,742 people have been murdered by U.S. forces since January 2009. At least 1,877 of them have been killed by unmanned drones, while the rest were shot during so-called ‘capture or kill’ operations which U.S. special forces have conducted thousands of times in Afghanistan.
“During Obama’s administration, the unmanned drones and U.S. special operations have evolved from being a weapon that was used in exceptional cases, to constituting the most important weapon in the war on terror.”
The article then goes on to interview ACLU representative Hina Shamsi, Erica Gaston from the Open Society Institute, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns, and has references to a book by Washington Post journalists Dana Priest and William Arkin. State Department spokesman Harol Koh defended the practices.
The leading TV/radio station Danish Radio’s website also covered Information‘s story, adding an African angle:
“Pirates and militant Islamic groups in the Horn of Africa are now being monitored from the air by unmanned aircraft known as drones.
“The U.S. has quietly set up bases in Ethiopia and the Seychelles. From there, the Americans monitor Islamist groups like al-Shabab in Somalia and groups linked to Al-Qaeda in Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula, U.S. officials told the BBC.”
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