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Shocking revelation from the NYT, via Greenwald, re: Obama's drone wars.
Posted by Peter [User Info] on May 29, 2012, 2:09 pm
Here's how the Obama administration defines 'militant', according to 'administration officials' (and this is a direct quote from the NYT article):
'Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties that did little to box him in. It in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials, unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent'.
So the Obama administration now effectively considers all military age males in certain regions of Yemen and Pakistan to be terrorists, and therefore fair game for killing. And their names will be only be cleared of terrorist activity if explicit evidence emerges that they were indeed civilians - but only after they've already been killed.
'Dystopian nightmare' seems like the apposite phrase here, and if an Official Enemy was doing this, you can bet there'd wall to wall outraged coverage.