Woman protests Brennan calling drone attack ‘ethical and just’
WASHINGTON: The ‘crusader’ of the freedom of expression all across the world could not tolerate a single woman, who protested US President’s Advisor declaring drone strikes ‘ethical and just’ and was thrown out of the hall with thehelp of police.
Saying that President Barack Obama "has instructed us to be more open with the American people" in the use of drones to kill suspected terrorists abroad, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said Monday that the controversial strikes are "ethical and just," with each one being carefully vetted.
Speaking as part of a media blitz to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by Navy SEALS at his hideout in Pakistan, Brennan explained why the use of unmanned aerial vehicles makes sense to target not only foreign terrorists but also those like American-born Anwar al-Awlaki, who are U.S. citizens.
Brennan's speech was interrupted when a young woman stood up to "speak out on behalf of those innocent victims" killed by drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia," she said. "They deserve an apology from you, Mr. Brennan? How many people are you willing to sacrifice? Why are you lying to the American people and not saying how may innocents have been killed?" A burly guard lifted the protester and carried her away as she named alleged drone victims and declared she was speaking out "on behalf of the Constitution -- on behalf of the rule of law."