Saturday, 14 April 2012

Pakistani Lawyer Representing Victims of Drone Strikes Prevented From Speaking in U.S.

Pakistani lawyer Shahzad Akbar has been invited to speak at an International Drone Summit in Washington DC on April 28, but the U.S. government is failing to grant him a visa.

"Denying a visa to people like me is denying Americans their right to know what the U.S. government and its intelligence community are doing to children, women and other civilians in this part of the world," Akbar said. "The CIA, which operates the drones in Pakistan, does not want anyone challenging their killing spree. But the American people should have the right to know."

The CIA's secret drone program has killed hundreds of people in Pakistan with no due process and no accountability. Akbar represents families whose innocent loved ones have been killed and maimed in these drone attacks

If the boot was on the other foot, with US civilians subject to collateral damage in a War on Terror, then you can bet that a refusal to allow an American Lawyer speak would be seen as completely unacceptable !

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 14th, 2012.]

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