Lawsuit Seeks to Force Disclosure of Trump Administration’s Secret Kill List


by Derrick Broze, Activist Post:

The Trump admin is now facing legal challenges demanding the release of details related to the secret kill list and rules which allow for the assassination of American citizens. 

On December 22 the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in an attempt to force the release of newly established rules related to the U.S. military’s secret program of killing. The program was established during the Obama Administration and now expanded under Donald Trump. Recent reports from the New York Times (12) allude to the fact that the Trump administration is loosening the already flimsy protections established by the Obama admin. These protections were reportedly put in place to minimize injury and deaths of civilians.

The ACLU states that two recent articles from the New York Times and The Atlantic spurred on the lawsuit. The New York Times investigation reviewed U.S. airstrikes from the beginning of the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq in 2014 to December 2016. The report found that the U.S. military killed civilians 31 times more than it admitted. The second piece was a response to the Times‘ investigation by Robert Malley and Stephen Pomper, former national security officials in the Obama years. The men admit that the Obama administration continued the global War on Terror by keeping the infrastructure in place. The men also note that protections for civilians were inadequate, as were promises of transparency and reparations for victims.

In October, Activist Post reported that a newly signed Presidential Memorandum would normalize the use of drones in American life.

The memo, titled “Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program,” allows certain communities to be exempt from current safety rules as they test drone operations. Under the Trump administration the use of drone bombings are increasing and airstrikes have already increased. Also, in an apparent effort to fight illegal immigration, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be using drones to conduct aerial surveillance on American citizens on the border. These actions have led privacy groups to ask the U.S. Senate if images gathered by the CBP’s drones will be connected to the agencies facial recognition database.

As the ACLU notes:

the Trump administration is killing people in multiple countries, with strikes taking place at a virtually unprecedented rate—in some countries, the number has doubled or tripled in Trump’s first year in office.

The American public is generally aware of conflicts taking place in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, but remain largely ignorant to the military operations taking place in Somalia, Pakistan, Nigeria, and across the African continent. These operations have lead to an increase in civilian deaths. Another point that can not be ignored is the fact that the U.S. government is bombing people in nations which are majority Muslim. These are the same countries subject to the so-called “Muslim ban.” This means there are likely people who have become refugees in an effort to escape the U.S.-led wars on their homeland and then they are turned away or treated like criminals.

“At the same time, it (the Trump admin) refuses to officially disclose critically important information about where it is conducting strikes, against whom, and with what consequences,” the ACLU writes.

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