Assassination court ‘won’t address the concern’
Sat Feb 9, 2013 4:29PM
While a number of U.S. senators are proposing to create a court to provide a judiciary review to the Obama administration’s targeted killings program; that would “not address the concern” as the CIA has the authority to kill suspects whose identities are not known.
“I think one of the problems of this is that most of the killings are not happening by targeted assassination” when the identity of the person is known, Media Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK said in an interview on Saturday.
The majority of CIA drone strikes are “signature strikes” which are based on suspicious patterns of behavior, and the identity of the individual is not known, she added.
“Even if you had a court that was reviewing, as long as you continue to give the CIA the ability to kill people on the bases of suspicious behavior, this won’t address the concern.”
U.S. senators are reportedly considering an idea to create a secret “assassination court” that would be charged with deciding if “suspects” can be assassinated by U.S. drone strikes.