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Nation's illegal drone war must end [Letter]

11:15 AM EST, December 9, 2013

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I could not help note that while reading "NSA tracks location of phones, documents show" (Dec. 5), there was a nearby ad for a cell phone and other electronic devices. Readers should also know that the National Security Agency provides "intelligence" in coordinating killer drone strikes.

Later in the same newspaper, was an excellent perspective on this aerial assassination program —"Drone warfare half-truths." Faheem Younus wrote, "But for every militant killed by a U.S. drone strike, 50 civilians perish, and the U.S. military suffered over 75 percent of its casualties in Afghanistan only after drone strikes surged in 2008."

It should be noted that the use of killer drone strikes in Pakistan, the author's homeland, is a blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution. Almost all history students know that only Congress can declare war, and no such declaration exists regarding Pakistan. There are so many reasons to abhor these strikes, including the lack of due process.

The author observes that killer drone strikes promote more terrorism. This point was made by Malala Yousafzai when she met with President Barack Obama and his family. On Oct. 11, Philip Rucker of The Washington Post wrote that Ms. Yousafzai "said she was honored to meet [President] Obama and that she raised concerns with him about the administration's use of drones, saying they are 'fueling terrorism.'"

We in the peace movement will continue to condemn the Obama administration's violation of the human rights of the citizens of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. It is time for our legislators to end this shameful assassination program.

Max Obuszewski, Baltimore

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