Newsbud Report with Peter B. Collins- Drone Strikes: Obama the Assassin-in-Chief

Newsbud Interview:  Peter B. Collins presents Prof. Rebecca Gordon

Professor Rebecca Gordon comments on the July 1 White House release of estimates of civilian deaths from drone strikes targeting “militants” who pose and “imminent” threat to American interests, and concludes that most of the deaths “are almost certainly illegal” under US and international law.  In this Newsbud interview, we discuss the drone programs, the precedents established under Obama, and the failure of Congress to pass any laws regulating this form of remote-control warfare.

*Rebeccas Gordon is professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco.  Her recent commentary on drones is here Her new book is American Nuremberg: The US Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes.

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  1. Ribbit-Mark says:

    Excellent piece Peter and Rebecca with many great points being made.
    This needs to be publicized as much as possible.

  2. VoiceOf Arabi says:

    Excellent work done by NewsBud team once again…
    I have enjoyed this interview, and it is scary to see that America today is worse than Nixon days….. 🙁

  3. steven hobbs says:

    Hi Rabeccas and Peter,

    Thank you. Great teasing out of concepts of “war in the legal sense” distinct from targeted killings. The ruse is to obfuscate laws about state murder by establishing and institutionalizing Presidential authority to order murder. Because what? When presidents do it it’s not illegal? Or is it, might makes right,, everyone else be very afraid?

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