Lawfare attack against CIA in Pakistan

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Washington Post:

A Pakistani man who said two of his relatives were killed in a U.S. drone strike said Monday that he planned to sue the CIA in Pakistani courts for "wrongful death" if he is not compensated within two weeks, a move that could renew debate over the legality of the covert program.

Kareem Khan, a journalist from the semi-autonomous Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan, said he was seeking $500 million in damages from U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, CIA director Leon Panetta and the CIA station chief in this capital city. Khan said the strike killed his brother, his son and another man. He said that they were not connected to Taliban and al-Qaeda militants who are based in the region and are the targets of regular CIA drone strikes.

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It will be interesting to see how the Pakistan judiciary handles the case. I doubt his demands will be met by the US or his prospective defendants. Since the defense department has nothing to do with the attacks in Pakistan, Gates would have a right to automatic dismissal. If the case is allowed to stand, it might make for some interesting discovery on both sides.
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  1. I think Obama needs to tell the truth about the real reason we are at war in Pakistan and Afghanistan - namely US competition with China (our main economic rival) over Middle East oil and natural gas resources. I blog about this at http://stuartbramhall.aegauthorblogs.com/2010/11/28/afghanistan-and-the-road-runner/

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