From Democracy Now headlines Wednesday, March 17
9 Killed in U.S. Drone Attacks in Pakistan
In Pakistan, at least nine people have been killed in two apparent U.S. drone strikes. The attacks struck a suspected militant compound and two vehicles in North Waziristan.
ACLU Sues U.S. for Disclosures on Drone Attacks
This comes as the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit demanding the U.S. government disclose the legal basis for its drone attacks overseas. The lawsuit seeks details under the Freedom of Information Act on the circumstances under which drone attacks are authorized as well as the number and rate of civilian casualties. The ACLU first filed its request in January but says the government simply refused to respond. Jonathan Manes of the ACLU’s National Security Project said: “The public has a right to know whether the targeted killings being carried out in its name are consistent with international law and with the country’s interests and values.”