US President Donald Trump’s authorization for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to conduct drone strikes against suspected terrorists is “very dangerous” and “unconstitutional,” says a political analyst in California.
“The moment the foreign person (suspect) is killed or a foreign building is blown up on foreign soil, that essentially is a declaration of war,” said Scott Bennett, a former US Army psychological warfare officer.
Trump could trigger a “very dangerous escalation” of hostilities in the Middle East, Bennett told Press TV on Tuesday.
“It also has the potential to ramp up additional refugees into Europe and cause increased destabilization,” he added. “So there’s more negative that can be drawn from this policy.”
“This allowance of the CIA to exercise drone operations is an invitation for war all over the planet and the more the United States is perceived as an authoritarian police power dropping bombs and exercising drone strikes all over the world, the more the world is going to unite and rebel against that oppressive force,” he said.
Trump has granted the CIA permission to carry out drone attacks against suspected terrorists, changing the Obama administration’s policy of limiting the spy agency’s military role and potentially reigniting tensions between the intelligence agency and the Pentagon.
Trump decided to return the authority to the CIA after meeting with top agency officials on January 21, a day after taking office, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing unnamed US officials.
The US has been conducting drone strikes in several countries, including Yemen and Pakistan.
The US claims the airstrikes target members of terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and other militants, but according to local officials and witnesses, civilians have also been the victims of the attacks in many cases.