Obama’s Latest Executive Order – Who’s in the Crosshairs Now?

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Obama’s Latest Executive Order – Who’s in the Crosshairs Now?

An Executive Order signed by the President on July 1 has become the subject of controversy. (When haven’t they done that?)  The “Executive Order — United States Policy on Pre- and Post-Strike Measures to Address Civilian Casualties in U.S. Operations Involving the Use of Force” was created ostensibly as an attempt to reduce civilian casualties from U.S. Drone Strikes.

But is that really what it’s all about?

“How many executive orders has Obama enacted during his administration?? Not one single executive order he has ever put through has a good intent for the betterment of the American People and/or our troops.

So we all should be very suspicious and up in arms when he pulls this stunt while all the other drama is going on.” R. Ferran

And THAT is the issue. It seems that whenever there are serious issues going on in the United States, Obama sneaks out an Executive Order.

Appeasement

So let’s look at this one to see if there might be a problem:

The Washington Post noted three areas in the order:

1. Implement measures to reduce the risk of civilian casualties (e.g., train personnel and develop more accurate reconnaissance and weapons systems)

2. Acknowledge U.S. responsibility for civilians killed by strikes and provide payments to civilians injured and families of civilians killed

3. Release an annual report from the Director of National Intelligence on the number of strikes in areas outside of active hostilities, the number of combatant and noncombatant casualties, and the reasons for any discrepancies between noncombatant drone casualty estimates by nongovernmental organizations and the U.S. government.

It all sounds to very nice- reducing civilians casualties. Who wouldn’t want to do that?

Civilian Casualties:

Whenever this administration adopts any kind of policy toward civilian casualties,  our Military and Military contractors become the fall guys. How do you know who is a civilian and who is not in conflict zones?

In Afghanistan and Iraq in particular, you can’t tell one from another, and street vendors sell police uniforms to anyone.

This photo from the Blackwater Trial shows Iraq police uniforms for sale on the street – who are the civilians again?

The E.O. establishes US liability- Opens us to fraud

Will the drone operators now be liable if so-called civilians are killed in a strike?It sounds like it.

Note that the government will be making payments to the families of civilians killed in such strikes. This opens the United States to fraud – in a big way. Anyone will be able to claim the death of a family member by a drone- whether it’s true or not.  The casualty numbers and specific information on victims from drone strikes are notoriously lacking.

Is it legal? 

Under international law the use of drone killing any civilians may still not be ‘legal.’ Different rules apply whether something is inside or outside a zone of “armed conflict,” or whether it is a “police action” or a part of an “armed conflict” between nations or groups.

The Executive Order is basically trying to cover Obama’s rear end.  It is unlikely to do what he thinks it will, but is IS likely to a) cost the US more money and b) place more of our military under threat of prosecution.

That may not be all that is wrong with this legally binding Executive Order, but at least you get the drift.

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