January 25, 2011

Big Peace: Pakistanis Suing the CIA and US Over Drone Attacks: Want $500 Million Per Victim

Big Peace: Pakistanis Suing the CIA and US Over Drone Attacks: Want $500 Million Per Victim -
Even though it is President Obama who has ramped up the use of drone attacks to deal with militants in Pakistan, he is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit. A lawyer representing the plaintiffs admits that $500 million per victim is “very high” but he believes it is “appropriate.” Germany’s left-leaning Der Spiegel reports:

Almost every day, people in the Pakistani region of Waziristan are killed or seriously injured by drone attacks carried out by the CIA. Now a group of victims’ relatives is standing up to Washington — by suing the US government.

An eye and both legs: That was the price that 17-year-old Sadaullah Wazir paid for living in a part of the world that is deemed a “terrorist haven” and that has been a target for US drones over the past few years. Since Barack Obama became US president, these attacks have become increasingly frequent. The Pakistani newspapers now report daily on those killed and injured in the tribal areas in the west of the country...
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