Drones of War Get it Wrong Again. American hostage, Warren Weinstein, was inadvertently killed in a U.S. drone strike back in January.
This morning, the White House acknowledged that an American hostage, Warren Weinstein, had been inadvertently killed in a U.S. drone operation in January.
The Washington Post reports that “American hostages have died as a result of U.S. military action before – just last year, journalist Luke Somers was fatally shot while U.S. Navy Seals tried to rescue him from al-Qaeda captivity in Yemen. But Weinstein appears to be the first hostage killed by the U.S. government's controversial drone operations.”
Although President Obama claimed he did not order this drone strike, he apologized to the Weinstein family this morning and took full responsibility for this horrendous mistake. Some news organizations find it alarming that it took three months for the U.S. government to disclose this information.
The secrecy around this mission also raises questions on how many other times drone strikes get it wrong and kill innocent people by accident.
What do you think? Is innocent life, and American life, now part of the typical collateral damage in America’s war on terror?
- Jen Hobbs, The Off The Grid team
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