US awards drone attackers with medals

Some lawmakers have proposed the creation of a U.S. "drone court" to approve the targeting of people what Americans see "suspect".

US awards drone attackers with medals

World Bulletin / News Desk

Pentagon on Wednesday created a new medal drone attack pilots and cyber experts who are reshaping the battlefield, even from thousands of miles away.

Outgoing Defense Secretary and former CIA Director Leon Panetta - who spent much of the past four years bolstering those new capabilities - announced the decision to create the "Distinguished Warfare Medal" at a Pentagon news conference.

"I've seen firsthand how modern tools, like remotely piloted platforms and cyber systems, have changed the way wars are fought," Panetta said.

"This award recognizes the reality of the kind of technological warfare that we are engaged in, in the 21st century."

It is the ninth-highest warfare medal the Pentagon can bestow on troops - even higher than the Bronze Star. Importantly, it is the only combat medal that a military service member can receive without actually physically being in the same geographic area where combat took place.

The creation of the medal comes amid a national debate about the transparency behind lethal drone strikes and the powers of the president to order drone attacks against U.S. citizens overseas.

Some lawmakers have proposed the creation of a U.S. "drone court" to approve the targeting of people what Americans see "suspect".

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