Tag Archives: collateral damage

Democracy Now! Assange: Ellsberg, Scahill, Assange Lawyer weigh in on “grave threat to press freedom”

Assange faces up to 170 additional years in prison under the new charges—10 years for each count of violating the Espionage Act.

It’s time to transform the “War Economy” into a “Peace Economy” that values all humanity!

We must dare to speak out in support of those American war resisters, the real military heros…

David Swanson | The U.S. National Bird Is Now a Drone

Linebaugh says there is no way to distinguish the little “civilian” blobs from little “militant” blobs.

Upcoming Trove of Wikileaks Files to Expose Google, U.S. Government

“WikiLeaks has provided a unique and quite outstanding service to the people of the world,” Noam Chomsky said.

#NoWar2016 | Protest at the Pentagon (Video)

Rev. Janice Sevre-Duszynska one of those arrested explained why she was at the Pentagon seeking a meeting today “The measure of a healthy society is how we treat the marginalized. How we can care for them in a just and humane manner when 56% of the federal budget goes to the Pentagon for its 800+ military bases and the killing?

What Did We Buy With the $5 Trillion That the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Have Cost Us?

We were lied into that war, and it has weakened our economy. If anyone can tell me what benefits that war brought the average American, I’d like to hear it.

Rebecca Gordon | The Trojan Drone: An Illegal Military Strategy Disguised as Technological Advance

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, How Extrajudicial Executions Became “War” Policy in Washington Posted by Rebecca Gordon Tom Dispatch  July 17, 2016 Introduction by Tom Engelhardt of Tom Dispatch Strangely, amid the spike in racial tensions after the killing of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, and of five white police officers by a black […]

NYT | The Displaced: War has driven 30 million children from their homes

Nearly 60 million people are currently displaced from their homes by war and persecution — more than at any time since World War II. Half are children.

▶ John Tirman on Civilian Causalities • Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum

When the United States attacks another country whether through all-out invasion, or so-called precision drone strikes, there is an always collateral damage. Let’s call it what it is, civilian causalities. How do we convince the world we’re trying to help, when we kill so many people in our military operations? Media for the people!  Click here to help […]

Talk Nation Radio: Rania Khalek on U.S. Police Training in Israel and Israelis Advocating Genocide

Rania Khalek discusses her reports on Baltimore police training in Israel, Israel targeting children with drone strikes, and Israeli officials openly advocating genocide. Khalek is an independent journalist reporting on the underclass.

Mark Fiore: Commander-in-Drone

Fiore: Remember a couple years ago, when Obama said we’d shape up his drone program and achieve “near certainty” that civilians wouldn’t be killed and signature strikes would basically end? Turns out that’s not quite true. There were some pretty huge asterisks that were attached to his proclamation.

Ryan Devereaux: When will Obama apologize for all the other innocent victims of Drone strikes

Devereaux: The absence of transparency, despite the Rehman family’s tremendous efforts, has been a defining feature of the Obama administration’s drone program. Typically, no amount of evidence gathered by journalists, human rights investigators or researchers indicating the death of a civilian from a drone strike will elicit an on-the-record response from the U.S. government — let alone an admission of responsibility — or prompt an independent investigation.

Common Dreams | Impunity, Death, and Blowback: Report Exposes Illegal US Drone War in Yemen

From the article: The report raises numerous questions regarding the validity of U.S. official claims that strikes only target individuals who pose “a continuing and imminent threat to the American people” and who cannot be captured.

Five Years On, the WikiLeaks ‘Collateral Murder’ Video Matters More than Ever

So, as Collateral Murder turns five, rather than looking at the video as a curiosity from a bygone conflict, we should watch it again and consider how the film continues to speak to us about the state of contemporary geo-politics, journalism and whistleblowing. By Christian Christensen  Common Dreams  April 4, 2015 A still image from “Collateral Murder.” […]

▶ BBC: Former Air Force Drone Operator Remembers His ‘First Hellfire Shot’

Former Air Force pilot Brandon Bryant worked in the U.S. Predator program for four and a half years. truthdig.com  January 21, 2015 BBC During that time, he was told, he aided in killing 1,626 people in Afghanistan and other countries through the use of drones. In the BBC’s video interview with Bryant below, he recalls […]

Tom Engelhardt: The Senate Drone Report of 2019 — Looking Back on Washington’s War on Terror

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The National Security State “Works,” Even If Nothing It Does Works By Tom Engelhardt  tomdispatch.com  December 18, 2014 It was December 6, 2019, three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress. That day, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s long fought-over, much-delayed, heavily redacted report on […]

▶ Mads Gilbert: Gaza crisis is a ‘major defeat’ for humanity

 Al Arabiya   1 August 2014 Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian surgeon volunteering at a Gaza hospital, called the conflict a “major defeat for the development of humanity,” in an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel. Gilbert practices in Gaza’s al-Shifa’a Hospital, where he and Palestinian medical personnel have worked to save the lives of hundreds of […]

Polly Mann: Idyllic Iceland

By Polly Mann  WAMM Newsletter Spring II 2014 I became interested in Iceland during World War II when the husband of a close friend was stationed at a military base near Reykjavik. (The U.S. maintained a military base and naval station in Iceland until 2006.) No American soldier could go into Reykjavik without written authority from […]

Hypocrisy of Gun Control in a Land Where War and Violence Are Alluring

Thus the dear children survive elementary school, junior high school, and finally high school, only to be sent off to kill people in places like Haiti, Iraq, and Afghanistan. There they learn not to distinguish those who are defending their countries from invasion from those who either cannot fight (like children and the elderly) or […]

▶ Michael Ratner: “Off With His Head:” Court upholds Obama’s power to kill

Published on Apr 10, 2014 Michael Ratner: There have been no criminal prosecutions for illegal actions committed by the U.S. in the name of national security since 9/11.  TheRealNews Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook!  Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today. […]