Tag Archives: drone strikes

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The Audacity of Struggle, by Ron Jacobs

Millions are shocked until they are no longer shocked because the commonplace nature of these and other human rights abuses desensitizes them to the brutal nature of these acts and the system that requires them.

SHUT DOWN CREECH! GROUND THE KILLER DRONES

What can we do to GROUND the DRONES? SHUT DOWN CREECH!

Al Jazeera | Drone: Inside the CIA’s Secret Drone War

I thought it was the coolest damn thing in the world. I was like ‘Oh man, I get to play a video game all day!’ And then reality hits you that you may have to kill somebody.

Michael Haas, former drone operator

Kathy Kelly | Don’t Move!

We must swear off making the world our battlefield and be appalled to hear the U.S. government seem to tell the world “I will kill you if you f—ing move.”

Laura Flanders | Jeremy Scahill: Rising Up Against Empire and the Easter Uprising (Video)

Jeremy Scahill on drones, activism today, assassinations, and more.

The Drone Papers | Part 1: The Assassination Complex

Scahill: The source said he decided to provide these documents to The Intercept because he believes the public has a right to understand the process by which people are placed on kill lists and ultimately assassinated on orders from the highest echelons of the U.S. government.

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.

Truthout: A Year After Congressional Testimony, Drone Strike Victims Still Searching for Justice

 A recent investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has determined that fewer than 4 percent of drone strike casualties in Pakistan have been identified and confirmed through records as members of al-Qaeda.    By Candice Bernd  Truthout.org | Report  November 28,2014    (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) Drone strikes launched on October 11 of this year […]

▶ No Judge, No Jury, No Trial • Brave New Films: Security

A missile falls from the sky, killing a grandmother and almost killing her two grandchildren… Published on Oct 30, 2014 Since 2004 drone strikes have killed 2,379 human beings. Of those thousands killed, only 12% could be positively identified as “militants”. Drone strike victims are overwhelmingly innocent civilians. SIGN THE PETITION & WATCH THE FULL […]

Coleen Rowley: Why Do Americans Hate Beheadings But Love Drone Killings?

 It’s depressing otherwise to learn how many uninformed people there are that still think “bombing the village to save it” somehow can work. Such “war on terror” propaganda is actually effective on the liberal-minded who are more vulnerable to having their emotional buttons — fear, hate, greed, false pride and blind loyalty — pressed than […]

David Swanson: So That’s Why They Kept the Drone Kill Memo Secret

Now that the U.S. government has released parts of its We-Can-Kill-People-With-Drones memo, it’s hard to miss why it was kept secret until now.  By davidswanson  WarIsACrime.org  23 June 2014 Liberal professors and human rights groups and the United Nations were claiming an inability to know whether drone murders were legal or not because they hadn’t seen the […]

[Video] Ratner: US Drone Strikes Are War Crimes, Despite Human Groups Reluctancy to Blast Obama

Published on Oct 25, 2013 Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch label drone strikes as indiscriminate but don’t go as far as to label them as war crimes  TheRealNews Subscribe or “Follow” us on WAMMToday.org. For the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND ACTION ALERTS click on the tab at the top of the page and click on […]

[Video] Thom Hartmann> Obama: The Era of Bush is Over!

 thomhartmann Published on May 23, 2013 Thom Hartmann comments on President Obama’s speech in which he calls for an end to the policies set in place by President George W. Bush in dealing with terrorism. Subscribe or “Follow” us on WAMMToday.org. For the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND ACTION ALERTS click on the tab at the top […]

Farea al-Muslim> My Village Was Attacked By US Drones in Yemen

A tribesman walks near a building damaged last year by a US drone strike targeting suspected al-Qaeda militants in Azan of the southeastern Yemeni province of Shabwa, Feb. 3, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah) By: Farea al-Muslimi for Al-Monitor Posted on April 18 via Just Foreign Policy If you live in Yemen, the golden rule is to expect […]

[Video] Yemeni Activist Farea al-Muslimi Urges U.S. to Stop the Drone War on His Country

Interview on Democracy Now! democracynow Published on Apr 25, 2013 http://www.democracynow.org – Yemeni activist and journalist Farea al-Muslimi delivered a moving plea before a Senate hearing this week for an end to U.S. drone strikes inside his country. Speaking at the first-ever public congressional hearing on Obama’s secret drone and targeted killing program, al-Muslimi offered a rare […]

Watch: Yemeni Activist Tells Senators that Drone Strike on His Village ‘Empowers Militants’

Farea Al-Muslimi describes the “psychological fear and terror” imposed on drone strike victims. AlterNet / By Steven Hsieh April 24, 2013 During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on drones yesterday, a Yemeni activist and writer testified about the “human costs and consequences of targeted killing by the United States in Yemen.” Farea Al-Muslimi described how his home village […]

Kathy Kelly: Obama’s Afghan Plan Displays “A Hawkish President Who Likes to Appear Dovish”

Published on Feb 13, 2013 To watch the full interview with Kathy Kelly on Democracy Now!, visit http://owl.li/hGkru. As President Obama announces plans to withdraw another 34,000 troops from Afghanistan, longtime peace activist Kathy Kelly says his plan will still sadle Afghans with “ongoing war.” Kelly, the co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, has just returned from […]

Robert Naiman> Americans Press U.S. Ambassador for End to Drone Strikes in Pakistan, and the Ambassador Responds

Americans Press U.S. Ambassador for End to Drone Strikes in Pakistan, and the Ambassador Responds Islamabad, Pakistan — Sometimes, when some people insist that it’s impossible to put some urgent problem on the table for discussion and redress, you have no choice but to undertake flamboyant action. Call it “propaganda by nonviolent deed.” Robert Naiman  Posted: […]

Obama campaign brags about its whistleblower persecutions

Obama campaign brags about its whistleblower persecutions Excuse me if I don’t join in Democrats’ sycophantic cheerleading for an Obama presidency that has shredded laws and liberties. Glenn Greenwald   guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 5 September 2012 12.19 EDT A US drone strike in eastern Yemen on Sunday was claimed by a security official to have killed six […]

The Guardian> Are drones any more immoral than other weapons of war?

Are drones any more immoral than other weapons of war? The central issue comes down to how combatants are identified and what efforts are made to protect civilians By Peter Beaumont   The Observer, Saturday 18 August 2012 The Guardian A US Predator drone over Kandahar air field, southern Afghanistan. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Three years ago, I came […]