There has generally been good coverage of Philip Alston’s measured and detailed report on the use of the use of armed drones for targetted killings, see for example The Guardian coverage and The Washington Post. Predictably though the report has come under attack from the more gung-ho elelemts of the media with the Daily Telegraph’s foriegn news editor calling Alston ignorant in his blog response: Drone Pilots Have Feelings Too.
The much-anticipated report from Philip Alston, the UN’s special representative on extrajudicial execution on the use of armed drones for targeted killings is now available. Philip Alston’s report to the UN Human Rights Council will undoubtably cause much controversy over the coming days and weeks. Alston is a known critic of the use of drone to kill alleged terrorists, particularly the use of by the CIA of drones in Pakistan. While this report will no doubt focus on the American use of drones, the release of information on the British use of drones following an FoI request by the Fellowship of Reconciliation caused Alston to call on the UK government to abide by international law. No doubt there will be more on this report over the next few days.