From the FREE CITY RADIO site
Military drone strikes operating under the military policy of the Obama administration is targeting people in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan, leading to hundreds, if not thousands, of deaths over past years.
Listen to an interview with Cora Currier a journalist reporting on the U.S. military drone program. This interview speaks to the growing political debates around U.S. drone strikes and also to the lack of transparency around the generally classified drone program. Journalists in the U.S. and internationally working to follow, investigate and report on the drone strikes most often face official denials or silence in response to critical questions.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that 407 to 926 civilians have been killed since 2004 in Pakistan, while the Pakistani government says the number is between 400 and 600. The United States says information on civilian deaths is "classified".
By not acknowledging civilian deaths or releasing details of the strikes, the U.S. government makes it impossible for families of civilians killed by drones to receive compensation, according to Amnesty International.
(A child’s drawing from Waziristan shows both the drones up above and the Taliban below. - Photo: Pam Bailey)