Democracy, with all its problems, also has its paradoxes.
Transcript This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. So concludes a new report by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism. It found, since President Obama took office three years ago, between and civilians have been reported as killed, including more than 60 children.
The investigation also revealed at least 50 civilians were killed in follow-up strikes when they had gone to help victims. More than 20 civilians have also been attacked in deliberate strikes on funerals and mourners.
He also acknowledged the United States was carrying out drone strikes inside Pakistan. President Obama made the comments after he was asked how he feels about the large number of civilians killed by these drones since he took office.
I want to make sure that people understand, actually, drones have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties. For the most part, they have been very precise precision strikes against al-Qaeda and their affiliates.
This is a targeted, focused effort at people who are on a list of active terrorists who are trying to go in and harm Americans, hit American facilities, American bases, and so on. It is important for everybody to understand that this thing is kept on a very tight leash.
President Obama, discussing the drones program in a virtual interview. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a case last week to force the Obama administration to release legal and intelligence records related to the targeted killing of U.
To find out more about drone strikes, we go to London to speak to the lead author of the Bureau report.
Chris Woods is an award-winning reporter with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Talk about your research and exactly what you found, Chris. Good morning, Amy, and thanks for having the Bureau back on.
In total, we think that more than 75 civilians have been killed, specifically in these attacks on rescuers and on mourners, on funeral-goers. I wanted to read to you an excerpt of a quote that just appeared in the New York Times.
Let's be under no illusions—there are a number of elements who would like nothing more than to malign these efforts and help Al Qaeda succeed.
I think, obviously, that is a disgraceful comment from an unnamed U. Our data is transparent. We have linked to all of our sources. Our field investigators have put up their findings. We have eyewitness testimonies. We have a supported interview with the national security correspondent of the Washington Post confirming that his U.
Where do you go from here now with this report?
And especially, what do you understand is the scope of the drone program? How much is it expanding? The drone program right now really does seem to have changed.
There were a number of incidents at the back end of last year. The last year was a bad year for U. Many things went wrong. A lot of civilians were killed. There was a lot of bad publicity that was generated for the administration.
And then, not actually a drone strike, but a NATO air strike which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last November, effectively ended the drone campaign for about 55 days.Pakistan was the result of a political and democratic struggle but democracy could not flourish during 62 years of its existence.
The founder of Pakistan was a great democratic statesman who envisioned a democratic and progressive Pakistan. Unfortunately his illness couldn’t let him to contribute much for democracy. The accountability court on Friday announced the verdict in the Avenfield properties corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), handing ousted prime minister Nawaz.
Ten years ago, however, the promise of democracy seemed to be extraordinary. George W. Bush stood up in his State of the Union address in and said that democracy was the force that would beat most of the ills of the world.
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