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Faisal has been offered secret bags of cash as an apology, but has refused. Bags of cash aren’t accountability – all he and his family want is an apology. They also want to stop others suffering the same fate as them. With this in mind, Faisal, with the help of ECCHR and Reprieve, will be in court next Thursday in Germany arguing about the role Ramstein Airbase plays in the US drone programme. The court will consider, among other things, whether President Trump’s continued efforts to erode transparency and safeguards should be factored into the German Government’s responsibility to protect people’s right to life.

Back in 2016, President Obama passed the Executive Order requiring reporting of civilian casualties. The accompanying statement acknowledged that “if we cannot explain our efforts clearly and publicly…we erode the legitimacy of our actions…and undermine accountability in our own government.”

President Trump’s latest move has done just that. Faisal once said, “a mere body count is not the end of the story,” – but without it, the story cannot even begin.

This is an opinion piece by an outside contributor and its content has not been independently verified by the Bureau

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[1]FACT SHEET: Executive Order on the US Policy on Pre & Post-Strike Measures to Address Civilian Casualties in the US Operations Involving the Use of Force & the DNI Release of Aggregate Data on Strike Outside Area of Active Hostilities | whitehouse.gov .... https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2016/07/01/fact-sheet-executive-order-us-policy-pre-post-strike-measures-address[2]Drone death numbers: has my family been counted? | TheHill .... https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/286469-drone-death-numbers-has-my-family-been-counted[3]Opinion: Why Trump's actions have put civilians at more risk — The Bureau of Investigative Journalism .... https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2019-03-07/opinion-why-trumps-actions-have-put-civilians-at-more-risk