Bags of cash for families of the innocent: How the CIA is 'paying off relatives of those killed in botched drone strikes'

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The U.S. government is making covert cash payments to compensate the families of innocent civilians killed in drone strikes, it has been claimed.

Faisal bin Ali Jaber, a Yemeni man whose nephew and brother-in-law were killed in a drone strike in 2013, says he was given $100,000 'hush money' after taking his case to Washington.
Mr Jaber says he was given the freshly minted bills in a blue plastic bag by officials at the Yemeni National Security Bureau (NSB), who told him the money was from the U.S. Government. 

 Walid Abdullah Abd al-Mahmoud bin Ali Jaber, 26, a Yemeni police officer, and Salim Ahmed bin Ali Jaber, 43, an imam who had denounced Al Qaeda, were both killed alongside three suspected militants when a drone unleashed hellfire missiles on their village last year.
Their deaths sparked anti-American protests in the village of Khashamir, and attracted the attention of charity Reprieve who sent lawyers to represent Mr Jaber.

Late in 2013 he travelled to Washington DC to speak with Congressmen and members of the National Security Council about the deaths of his relatives.

Stephen Pomper, an Obama aide responsible for multilateral affairs and human rights, attended the meeting, along with a junior colleague, Mr Jaber told Yahoo News.

While the officials promised to consider what Mr Jaber had told them, no immediate action was taken, and he was left in limbo.

However on July 8 this year, at 10am, he was called to the headquarters of the NSB, who work closely with the CIA, where authorities handed him a blue plastic bag filled with notes. 
They told him the money was from the U.S. government, and that they were only passing it along. 
The $100 bills were bound in rubber tape. Mr Jaber added: 'The money was almost brand-new. The serial numbers were sequential.'

At first Mr Jaber refused to accept the cash, saying that he wanted a formal apology from the government , not a shady pay-off. 

However after a conversation with village elders, in which they told him how badly the victims' families were struggling, he agreed to take the money and went back for it the following day. 
He said: 'My family received money from the US government as an admission of their guilt for "mistakenly" killing our relatives in a drone strike. But this is not justice. 
'There are many other families in Yemen who have lost innocent relatives in US drone strikes but do not receive hush money for speaking out. 
'If the US can admit their "mistake" in a back room of the Yemeni security services, they can surely admit it publicly and apologise for what they have done to my family, and many others in Yemen.'
According to Reprieve, the the Obama administration has never publicly admitted that Mr Jaber's relatives were killed in error, or acknowledged that they were innocent civilians.

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