Former CIA Station Chief to Face Murder Charges in Pakistan

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According to the Guardian, Pakistan’s high court justice Shaukat Asiz Siddi has ruled that murder charges be brought against Jonathan Banks, the former CIA station chief in Islamabad. The charges relate to CIA drone strikes against innocent civilians in North Waziristan.

Siddiqui also ordered criminal charges brought against John A Rizzo, the former CIA lawyer who signed off on the legality of drone strikes against Pakistan.

Banks’s undercover CIA role first became public in 2009 when tribesman Karin Khan filed a civil lawsuit against him over a drone attack that killed his father and son.

With his cover blown, Banks was forced to resign his post and leave Pakistan.

The incident sparked major speculation how Khan and his lawyer Shahzad Akbar could possibly have known the identity of the CIA station chief. Many suspected Pakistani intelligence of leaking the name out of frustration with the illegal undeclared US war on their country.

It’s considered highly unlikely the Obama administration will extradite either Banks or Rizzo to stand trial in Pakistan.



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  1. “It’s considered highly unlikely the Obama administration will extradite either Banks or Rizzo to stand trial in Pakistan.”

    probably not but Mr. Banks and Mr. Rizzo should be made to consider what would happen if they did…

  2. And yet Nuremberg told us there was no defence in only following orders. America a haven for war criminals, who in 1945 would have thought this once loved country would stoop so low.

    • “Who in 1945 would have thought this once loved country would stoop so low”?

      How about everyone at Nuremberg? Had Major General Butler not [conveniently] died five years earlier, he would still be saying “War is a Racket.”

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