Title

Mary Ellen O’Connell was quoted in The Guardian article Obama: US was not ‘cavalier’ over hostage drone killings on April 24, 2015

Document Type

News Article

Publication Date

4-24-2015

Abstract

Mary Ellen O’Connell was quoted in The Guardian article Obama: US was not ‘cavalier’ over hostage drone killings on April 24.

“It’s the idea that anyone in al-Qaida is going to be caught up in the same circumstances [as its leaders],” said Mary Ellen O’Connell, a professor of international law at Notre Dame. “That they might in some point in the future be part of an attempt to attack.”

The CIA had “fallen back” to signature strikes, O’Connell said: “Not knowing who the people were they were killing doesn’t meet their own criteria of facts, and facts must be present to kill even under their own very loose set of rules.”