White House sticks to secrecy as the death toll in drone strikes surges
December 21, 2011 4:40 PM Subscribe
Secrecy defines Obama’s drone war.
"Since September, at least 60 people have died in 14 reported CIA drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal regions. The Obama administration has named only one of the dead, hailing the elimination of Janbaz Zadran, a top official in the Haqqani insurgent network, as a counterterrorism victory. The identities of the rest remain classified, as does the existence of the drone program itself. Because the names of the dead and the threat they were believed to pose are secret, it is impossible for anyone without access to U.S. intelligence to assess whether the deaths were justified."
The article quotes
an anonymous U.S. official disputing the death of 16-year-old Tariq Aziz
in a drone strike on October 31, which was mentioned in this thread
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