WASHINGTON — In letters to top government officials, the U.S. bishops’ conference urged a public discussion on the use of unmanned targeted killings, also known as drones, and their moral implications.
“Targeted killing should, by definition, be highly discriminatory,” wrote Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, in the May 17 letter.
“The administration's policy appears to extend the use of deadly force to alleged ‘signature’ attacks and reportedly classifies all males of a certain age as combatants,” he asked.
“Are these policies morally defensible? They seem to violate the law of war, international human rights law and moral norms,” the bishop said.
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