Friday, May 7, 2010

CIA to expand Predator drone target list in Pakistan

The CIA announced that it will expand its' list of targets in Pakistan's tribal regions to include targets with a pattern of terrorist activity.

Imagine if this was done under a Republican President, there would have been a major outcry. But, since this was done under a Democratic President, nothing but approving silence. Zee News

Washington: In a dramatic expansion of its drone strikes in Pakistan's restive tribal region, the CIA has received secret permission to attack a wider range of targets, including suspected militants whose names are not known.

The expanded authority, approved two years ago by the Bush administration and continued by President Barack Obama, permits the spy agency to rely on what officials describe as "pattern of life" analysis, using evidence collected by surveillance cameras on the unmanned aircraft and from other sources about individuals and locations, the 'Los Angeles Times' reported.

The information then is used to target suspected militants, even when their full identities are not known, the paper quoted current and former counter-terrorism officials as saying.

Previously, the CIA was restricted in most cases to killing only individuals whose names were on an approved list.

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