Carter attacks use of drones

by Richard on June 27, 2012

Former US President Jimmy Carter has attacked the use of drone strikes and targeted assassination

The United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.

Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far our nation’s violation of human rights has extended. This development began after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and has been sanctioned and escalated by bipartisan executive and legislative actions, without dissent from the general public. As a result, our country can no longer speak with moral authority on these critical issues.

While the country has made mistakes in the past, the widespread abuse of human rights over the last decade has been a dramatic change from the past. With leadership from the United States, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948 as “the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” This was a bold and clear commitment that power would no longer serve as a cover to oppress or injure people, and it established equal rights of all people to life, liberty, security of person, equal protection of the law and freedom from torture, arbitrary detention or forced exile.

A report on the use of drones will be considered by the Methodist Conference next week.

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Kim 06.27.12 at 10:01 pm

The United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.

Is abandoning? That ship, I’m afraid, has long since sailed.

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Mark Byron 06.28.12 at 6:50 am

I’m not sure if drones are the issue or treating our issues with al Qaeda as a war rather than a legal issues. If we treat it more like a war, then
whether the bomb-dropping plane’s pilot is on-board or flying it by remote control back in metro Las Vegas is a relatively moot point.

What Carter would likely prefer (as would the crew here, I think) is to ask the country in question to pick up the person in question, which is not likely to happen in cases where the government has al Qaeda backers in it.

The current policy of see-’em-kill-’em doesn’t sit well with me or you, and the peaceful approach above is not likely to work. Special ops SWAT teams are more likely to kill the suspects rather than capture them, which puts us not that far from the Rolling Drones.

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