NYU and Stanford Law Schools say we are committing a war crime that is considered a terrorist act by our own government — double tap.
What is double tap? It’s when you blow up someone, and when you see first responders and family coming to help, you blow them up too.
Yep. You. You are doing this. Your vote and your tax dollars and your silence, did this. That is how the world sees it, and it’s not too far of a stretch.
Why do writing posts like this become so… meh? So we’re international terrorists, by our own standard. Meh. So we killed some more kids today, in an act condemned by nations around the world. Meh. We will presently be under an investigation by the UN for war crimes. Meh meh meh.
It’s because we’re shocked into not giving a flying pig. We’d say wake up, but odds are you might just flip us off and take a permanent nap. Still, it’s our duty to tell you. Discuss, spread, or yawn and roll over.
From this place and many other sources:
The double tap is when a targeted strike site is hit multiple times by hellfire missiles in relatively quick succession, meaning that the second missile often strikes first responders.
A 2007 report by the Homeland Security Institute called the double tap a “favorite tactic of Hamas” and the FBI considers it a tactic employed by terrorists.
The new report, Living Under Drones, provides first-hand accounts of its devastating effect on rescuers and humanitarian workers.
Here’s one of those accounts:
The lone survivor of the Obama administration’s first strike in North Waziristan, Faheem Qureshi, stated that “[u]sually, when a drone strikes and people die, nobody comes near the bodies for half an hour because they fear another missile will strike.” He believes that he would likely not have survived if he had not managed to walk out of the smoking rubble of his hujra on his own, because his neighbors would have waited too long in coming to rescue him.
The report concludes that double taps by U.S. drones raises “crucial moral and legal concerns. Not only does the practice put into question the extent to which secondary strikes comply with international humanitarian law’s basic rules … but it also potentially violates specific legal protections for medical and humanitarian personnel, and for the wounded. As international law experts have noted, intentional strikes on first responders may constitute war crimes.”