American Judge Says “Democracy Is Broken” as Court Declines to Oversee Drone Killing

Reprieve | June 30, 2017

A senior judge has today described American democracy as “broken” and Congressional oversight a “joke” in failing to check the US drone killing program.

In a concurring opinion in the DC Court of Appeals case Jaber v. Trump, Judge Janice Rogers Brown appears troubled that the law prevents her court from acting as a check on potential executive war crimes. Calling drone strikes an “outsized power,” she questioned who would be left to keep them in check.

The case was brought by Faisal bin ali Jaber, a Yemeni engineer whose innocent family members were mistakenly killed by a US drone in 2012. It sought an apology and a declaration that the strike was unlawful.Read More »