Obama wants Global Guidelines on Drones
President Barack Obama wants to establish global guidelines on the use of drones as China and other countries develop their drone programs. Under President Obama, the US expanded the use of drone strikes against terrorist targets.
The United States was the first nation to use unmanned aircraft with missiles to kill militant targets after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. But other countries are now using drones. China showed it has unmanned aircrafts during an air show last November. It considered using a drone strike to kill a suspect in the murder of 13 Chinese sailors but authorities decided they want the man alive so that he would face trial.
White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said that as the United States ends its ground war in Iraq and starts its withdrawal in Afghanistan, surgical counterterrorism targeting has become the new standard in the battlefield. He added that the president is aware of the concerns regarding drone technology and wants guidelines on them for the international community.
It is still unclear what the new guidelines regarding drone strikes and targeted killings the White House will propose for US operations or global rules for the technology. The White House has kept details of drones operations a secret for several years when the nation is the only one using the technology.
Its policy on the secrecy of drones began to change as the public pressure the government to disclose its drone program. US lawmakers also demanded to see the legal justifications for targeting US citizens abroad. They also want to know whether President Obama has the authority to use drones to kill Americans in the United States.
Last Friday, a federal appeals court ruled that the CIA’s response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union was inadequate. The agency said that it could not confirm nor deny that it had drone records due to security issues.