The Civilian Impact of Drones: Unexamined Costs, Unanswered Questions

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 29, 2012

“This joint report from the Center for Civilians in Conflict and Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic is the first systematic study of the US government’s covert drone program and its impact on civilian populations. Its objective is to critically assess US government procedures and standards for ensuring civilian protection and responding to civilian harm from drone strikes conducted both outside of full-scale military operations and with a degree of secrecy. The study is based on a review of publicly available materials, interviews with current and former government officials, responses to requests for information from agencies, and previous field interviews by Center for Civilians in Conflict.”

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