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Now the USA wants to "use" drones in Africa

It's more than a slippery-slope.    The Americans are now considering the use of drones in Africa.     The spread of the use of drones must be a cause for concern - for it is so insidious and potentially capable of being used widely, and not only by the USA.

"The Obama administration is discussing the expansion of its drone program into Algeria and other countries in northwest Africa, according to media reports. The preparations to extend the military and CIA “kill lists” takes place amidst proposals to more securely institutionalize the global program of assassination. 

According to a front-page report in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal headlined “Push to Expand US ‘Kill List,’” the immediate target of the extension of the drone program is Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an Algerian who has claimed responsibility for the operation to seize control of a natural gas facility in Amenas, Algeria in January. An Algerian military raid on the compound—a critical energy facility operated in collaboration with multinational companies—led to the death of 69 people.


According to the Journal, “Some US officials are pressing for a more direct involvement in the hunt for Mr. Belmokhtar, whether with drones, other aircraft or American forces. Such an effort could rely on the military’s special-operations units, with help from the Central Intelligence Agency, officials said.”


Assassinations have thus far focused on Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and the northeast African nation of Somalia. The expansion of drone killing to northwest Africa is part of an intensified focus of all the major imperialist powers on northern Africa—including the US-led war in Libya in 2011 and the French-led operation currently underway in Mali.


The US government has already secured a status of forces agreement to establish a drone base in Niger, which is bordered by Algeria on the North and Mali on the West.


The position of the Obama administration is that it has the right to assassinate anyone, including US citizens, without geographical constraint or deference to considerations of national sovereignty. The Justice Department White Paper leaked last week argues that a “lethal operation” is lawful if it has “the consent of the host nation’s government” or if it is determined that the government is “unable or unwilling to suppress the threat posed”—in other words, regardless of the attitude of the government of the targeted country."

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