White House Reveals Drone Statistics – The Horrendous Civilian Casualty Rate
The use of military drones has remained a very controversial topic since their introduction. They place pilots out of harm’s way but at the same time, they can do a lot of harm. This week the White House released their statistics on drone strikes and the controversy continues. The 18-page document explains the drone program and what qualifies for a drone strike. At the request of the American Civil Liberties Union, the playbook became public detailing some significant points.
Near certainty required that civilians will not be injured or killed.
Capture is not feasible at the time of the operation.
Local government cannot or will not effectively address the threat.
No other reasonable alternatives to leather action exist.
“Near certainty” is the biggest concern on that list. Precision is key to any attack and it is something the drones are lacking as opposed to military pilots. The amount of civilian casualties killed in drone strikes is alarming, standing between 200 and 1000 people. Unmanned operations continue to draw criticism and innocents caught in the crossfire will not help the situation. More details of the drone playbook are among the discussion in this video from RT America.