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US Drone Strike Has Revealed A Disturbing Trend

By Michael Kelley

December 20, 2012 "
Information Clearing House" -  NYU student Josh Begley is tweeting every reported U.S. drone strike since 2002, and the feed highlights a disturbing tactic employed by the U.S. that is widely considered a war crime.

Known as the "double tap," the tactic involves bombing a target multiple times in relatively quick succession, meaning that the second strike often hits first responders

UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Christof Heyns said that if there are "secondary drone strikes on rescuers who are helping (the injured) after an initial drone attack, those further attacks are a war crime."

The U.S. refuses to discuss the merits of its overtly covert drone program, but the reports featured on @dronestream clearly document that U.S. hellfire missiles have intentionally targeted funerals and civilian rescuers.

And that's only a 10-month window in Pakistan. It has happened in Afghanistan as well, and the first instance of "explicit intelligence posthumously proving" that an innocent civilian had been killed happened in Yemen.

In September the NYU and Stanford law schools released a report detailing how double taps by U.S. drones affect the Pakistani population, and noted that "high-level" militants killed only accounted for two percent of U.S. drone strike casualties.

Edited portion of an article which was originally posted at  Business Insider

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SEE ALSO - Florida Man, Planned To Bomb NYC Over Drones Deaths, Prosecutors Say: A Pakistani-born man wanted to avenge the deaths of U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan by blowing up a New York City landmark but lacked the money and materials to carry out the plan, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.

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