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Drone Strike Compensation Payments?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

An MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft (U.S. Air Force)

There have been nine reported drone strikes reported in Yemen in the past two weeks, and there have been as many as six civilian deaths reported. Cora Currier, ProPublica Reporting Fellow, talks about drone strikes and whether the United States is paying families when drone strikes kill innocent Yemenis. She’s investigated in her article “Does the U.S. Pay Families When Drones Kill Innocent Yemenis?

 

Guests:

Cora Currier

Comments [3]

John A

Times where the press successfully limits government excesses in our public interest - those times seem to be getting rarer. Thankfully, this isn't one of those times.

Aug. 15 2013 01:52 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Well, under Muslim law, if you kill someone by accident you either have to pay "blood money" or else they have the right to take blood vengeance. We didn't pay compensation to innocent Germans or innocent Japanese we killed by the hundreds of thousands in WWII. The paying of blood money in compensation keeps the vengeance level down to an extent. It's just being practical.

Aug. 15 2013 01:31 PM
David

"whether the United States is paying families when drone strikes kill innocent Yemenis." Just remember: If you or I killed innocent people while chasing after some criminal, we wouldn't be "paying families," we'd be arrested for murder.

No one is above moral law. Both Bush AND Obama are war criminals.

Aug. 15 2013 12:15 PM

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