Friday, July 15, 2011

Don't They Know Who We Are?

Amid growing concern around the world over the use of drones, lawyers and relatives of some of those killed are seeking an international arrest warrant for John Rizzo, until recently acting general counsel for the [CIA].


Opponents of drones say the unmanned aircraft are responsible for the deaths of up to 2,500 Pakistanis in 260 attacks since 2004. [...] Earlier this week 48 people were killed in two strikes on tribal regions of Pakistan.

  UK Guardian

I'm sure Mr. Rizzo is shaking in his boots.

The attempt to seek an international arrest warrant for Rizzo is being led by the British human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith of the campaign group Reprieve, and lawyers in Pakistan. The lawyers are also building cases against other individuals, including drone operators interviewed or photographed during organised press facilities.

I’m sorry to say that Mr. Smith’s life will take a sharp turn for the worse any day now.

A first information report, the first step in seeking a prosecution of Rizzo in Pakistan, will be formally lodged early next week at a police station in the capital, Islamabad.

Islamabad? Well, why didn’t you say so. That place will be rubble before we’re through with our drone project.

Now retired, Rizzo, 63, is being pursued after admitting in an interview with the magazine Newsweek that since 2004 he had approved one drone attack order a month on targets in Pakistan, even though the US is not at war with the country.

And he obviously has no concern whatsoever about saying so.

Rizzo, who was by his own admission "up to my eyeballs" in approving CIA use of "enhanced interrogation techniques", said in the interview that the CIA operated "a hit list".

Dude, maybe you want to tone it down just a little, eh?

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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