Department of Defense, track and respond to civilian harm caused by drones. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the US military responded to civilian losses and made amends during regular combat operations. We have no evidence that these procedures are in place for civilian losses outside those combat theaters, but see no reason why civilians harmed by drones should be treated any differently or less humanely based on the weapons’ operating system in use.
Obama Administration, be more transparent about the drone program. Naturally, some secrecy for national security reasons will be necessary in overseas operations. However, the details we seek would surely not put America’s security at risk.
It is necessary to openly address:
• How are civilians and civilian casualties defined?
• How are civilian casualties assessed?
• What is the definition of a targetable individual?
• Are drone operators trained in civilian protection and how?
• How can civilians protect themselves from behavior-based targeting?