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U.N. Official Seeks More Clarity on Civilian Deaths

Posted on Jun 4, 2009

U.S. Marines sharpen their combat skills at Camp Baharia near Fallujah, Iraq.

U.N. rapporteur Philip Alston called for greater disclosure and accountability for the number of civilian deaths caused by the U.S. in its overseas conflicts. He expressed “strong concern at the continuing problem of preventable civilian casualties” and demanded “real accountability based on credible independent investigations.”


The United States should be more forthright about how many civilians die in its overseas wars, and exercise more caution with unmanned drone attacks, a United Nations human rights envoy said on Wednesday.

Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, called the U.S. reliance on pilotless missile-carrying aircraft “deeply troubling” and cited “serious shortcomings” with the U.S. military justice system.

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By idarad, June 4, 2009 at 9:16 pm Link to this comment

hey - didn’t ya hear obama gave the best speech ever in egypt
everything’s okay now.

It may not be all it needs to be, but it is a damn sight better than the knuckle draggers in congress will do.  A small snowball but it is beginning to take shape. spain going for war criminals associated with gitmo, One day soon we might just see the bully face its victims and the piper shall be paid

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By Big B, June 4, 2009 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment

Our military men a geniuses! Just use unmanned drones to blow up civilians and all moral responsibility is excercised.

Just wait, pretty soon a sniper will say it’s the bullet’s fault.

How many bodies does it take for the UN to declare that genocide is taking place? They will let you know when they get there.(of course we all know genicide is relative to whome it is being perpetrated on. You see, 5 jews is a genocide, 10 americans is a genocide, but there are not yet enough dead blacks, latinos, palestinians, chinese, armenians, or native americans to declare a genocide) Genocide depends entirely on who is doing the killing.

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By skulz fontaine, June 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment

The U.N. Official seeks “more clarity on civilian deaths?” Hey dummy, see those dead bodies laying around that blown to bejesus village? You know, in Afpakisnam. Do you really need more “clarity” than that?

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