‘US drone policy amounts to war crimes’

An analyst says the US is murdering innocent civilians acting as judge, jury and executioner with its drone strikes, thus committing ‘war crimes’ for which President Obama ultimately bears responsibility. The comments come as A US senator says assassination drone strikes have killed around 4,700 people, including civilians, a number that exceeds some independent estimates of the toll.

“We’ve killed 4,700,” said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a staunch supporter of drone use, AFP reported on Wednesday. “Sometimes you hit innocent people, and I hate that, but we’re at war, and we’ve taken out some very senior members of al-Qaeda,” Graham added. Graham defended President Barack Obama’s use of drones to carry out assassinations overseas, saying “It’s a weapon that needs to be used.”

“It’s a tactical weapon. A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle that is now armed,” the senator noted. Press TV has conducted an interview with activist with CODE PINK, Tighe Barry to further discuss the issue.

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