...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



          Drone woo-woo, and actual journalism from The Intercept:

the claim was nonetheless not justiciable:
Having accepted that the Appellant's arguments on the construction of Sch.4 to the 2007 Act were "persuasive", and that it was "certainly not clear that a defence of combatant immunity would apply", the Court of Appeal held that the claim was nonetheless not justiciable because "a finding by our court that the notional UK operator of a drone bomb which caused a death was guilty of murder would inevitably be understood (and rightly understood) by the US as a condemnation of the US". It did not matter that the relief sought was focussed on the legality under English law of the acts of UK officials (not on the legality of the acts of CIA officers, which would be matters for US and/or Pakistani law).
"What matters," Lord Dyson concluded, "is that the findings would be understood by the US authorities as critical of them."
Martin Chamberlain QC, Oliver Jones and Professor Robert McCorquodale/Brick Court Chambers
First Pakistani to sue CIA over drones freed after kidnapping, torture:
A Pakistani man known for his vocal opposition to the US drone program whose kidnapping outraged activists throughout the world last week has been returned home after being tortured and interrogated, his lawyer announced Friday.
Kareem Khan was last seen in the early morning hours of February 5th outside his home approximately nine miles from Islamabad. He is said to have been abducted by 15 – 20 men, some of whom were wearing police uniforms, and taken away.
The kidnapping, which happened as his wife and children were also at home, came just days before Khan was scheduled to testify to lawmakers in Europe about a drone strike that killed his father, brother, and a Taliban leader Khan is suspected of sheltering
Who Tried to Silence Drone Victim Kareem Khan?
The widespread perception in Pakistan is that criticizing government collaboration with US intelligence agencies can lead to threats from local security forces. As a Pakistani lawyer representing the families of several missing persons put it: “You will not be jailed in America if you say you hate the United States…..But I, as a Pakistani, cannot criticize the policies of America or my own government while in Pakistan for fear of becoming a missing person.”
Murtaza Hussain/Intercept

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