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▶ 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? https://youtu.be/W1w2RboHX-0 Media for the people!  Click More

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.

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." More

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