This report "Living Under Drones" is excellent and complements the website Lowie linked to above: http://livingunderdrones.org/report/ The findings are truly appalling. VadersLaMent - the problem is that the evidence which is used to 'condemn' a so-called 'terrorist' is ridiculously flimsy and unreliable. That is why only around 2% of drone casualties are confirmed as 'top level' militants or 'high level targets', the rest of the deaths and casualties are innocent civilians, including around two hundred children - figures quoted in the report. On this basis, the drone strikes are not in fact killing people who are "joining terrorist groups and engaging in their planning" but are actually killing bystanders and people who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time or are not identified properly as being militants which are legally cleared as targets. The US can only carry out a targeted killing in self defence if there is objective evidence of an armed attack or an imminent threat. According to the report, there is little publicly available evidence to support a claim that the drone targeted killings in Pakistan meets these standards. Mr44 is most likely correct that the drone strikes do not legally qualify as 'war crimes' but there is no doubt whatsoever that the drone strikes violate international human rights laws and constitute "extra-judicial assassinations". What the US is doing in Pakistan is exactly what Israel has been doing to the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank for decades - a program of collective punishment. All of the international human rights organizations quite rightly oppose any program of collective punishment because it violates international laws that protect civilians, regardless of whether there is a nation to nation armed conflict. It's truly appalling that Obama is now doing the same thing, by remote control.