Leaked documents show the extent of America’s drone war


Top-secret documents acquired by McClatchy have revealed the extent of US drone usage. Despite previous claims that drones were used for “targeted strikes against specific al-Qaeda terrorists,” it’s now clear that the unmanned aircraft are being used far more widely. According to McClatchy‘s Jonathan Landay, at least 265 of the 482 people the CIA killed over a 12-month period ending in September 2011 were assessed to be “unknown extremists;” a far cry from the targeted campaign that counterterrorism adviser (and new CIA chief) John Brennan revealed last year.

In Brennan’s 2012 speech, he publicly acknowledged the administration’s use of armed drones for the first time, saying the attacks were “in full accordance with the law — and in…

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