A Pakistani tribesman from the al Qaeda haven of Mir Ali in North Waziristan is threatening to sue the US government if he is not paid for what he claims is the wrongful death of his brother and son in a US Predator strike on Dec. 31, 2009. From The Associated Press:
A Pakistani man who says he lost his son and brother in an American missile attack in the northwest threatened Monday to sue the CIA unless he receives compensation, a move that will draw attention to civilian casualties in such strikes.
Kareem Khan and his lawyers said they were seeking $500 million in two weeks or they would sue CIA director Leon Panetta, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and a man they said was the CIA’s station chief in Islamabad for “wrongful death” in a Pakistani court.
The potential plaintiff and his lawyer don’t expect results, but they do want to raise the profile of the effects of Predator strikes:
Any legal action stands no chance of success unless U.S. officials cooperate with the court, something highly unlikely given the secretive nature of the missile strike program. The most Khan and Akbar can hope for is to bring attention to the issue.
The US Predator program in Pakistan is increasingly coming under the scrutiny of the law. This story comes months after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain information on the program. When the request was ignored by the US government, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department, the State Department, and the Justice Department.
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