Tag Archives: drone warfare

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Making Atrocities Great Again

Trump’s Recycling Program
War Crimes and War Criminals, Old and (Potentially) New

Gandhi’s Truth: Ending Human Violence One Commitment at a Time

‘The future depends on what we do in the present.’

Ann Wright | Diplomacy has taken a back seat to military operations in U.S. foreign policy. The drone program is a prime example.

The Bush administration’s wholesale rejection of the ban on targeted killing or political assassinations reversed a quarter-century of bipartisan U.S. foreign policy.

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

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 […]

Edward Snowden: Inside The Assassination Complex

A SINGLE ACT OF whistleblowing doesn’t change the reality that there are significant portions of the government that operate below the waterline, beneath the visibility of the public. Those secret activities will continue, despite reforms. But those who perform these actions now have to live with the fear that if they engage in activities contrary to the spirit of society — if even a single citizen is catalyzed to halt the machinery of that injustice — they might still be held to account.

▶ A Former Drone Pilot’s Guilt Kept Him Awake at Night

“I felt like it destroyed my soul,” Bryant told Motherboard. “For the longest time.”

Kathy Kelly: Drones and Discrimination — Kick the Habit

 It’s one thing to read about the shameful racism and discrimination of the U.S.  criminal justice system. It’s quite another to sit next to a woman who is facing ten or more years in prison, isolated from children she has not held in years, and to learn from her about the circumstances that led to […]

▶ Campaign NonViolence, Occupy Beale AFB, Dances of Univeral Peace Direct Action

Peace activists from around Northern California held a non-violent direct action at Beale Air Force Base near Marysville, CA on Sept. 29-30, 2014 as part of the Global Action against the use of drones for surveillance and killing. Activists performed the “Dances of Universal Peace” as they danced across the demarcation line where nine were […]

The Intercept: Those Who’ve Seen Bloodshed Warn of Endless, Brutal War in Iraq

“WE’VE KILLED CHILDREN. WE’VE KILLED ENTIRE FAMILIES GETTING AT ONE OR TWO PEOPLE.” BY RYAN DEVEREAUX  The Intercept   September 15, 2015 For more than a month, Dakheel Ahmed’s family has been living under a bridge in northern Iraq. They are members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority sect, and each night they sleep in the open […]

▶ The Real News: ISIS Wants the US Drawn into a Ground War

Andrew Levine says the Islamist forces have learned that a ground war is to their advantage; US policy will to lead to more chaos   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. Rise Up Times […]

Tom Engelhardt: How America Made ISIS Their Videos and Ours, Their “Caliphate” and Ours

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Escalation Follies and America’s own record of terror… By Tom Engelhardt  TomDispatch.com  September 2, 2014 Whatever your politics, you’re not likely to feel great about America right now.  After all, there’s Ferguson (the whole world was watching!), an increasingly unpopular president, a Congress whose approval ratings make the president look like a […]

Tomas van Houtryve: A Sky Full of Cameras (Drones)

 “Although a huge amount of footage has been collected, the program is classified, and few people have ever seen images of the drone war and its casualties. This seems like a paradox in our thoroughly media-connected age. How can America be involved in a decade-long war where the sky is buzzing with cameras, and yet […]

DRONES: Free Online Screening on July 30th — You’ll Want to See This

There’s a chance to watch DRONES, the movie, online on July 30th and then to join a discussion with filmmakers and experts. By David Swanson  WarIsACrime.org  July 28, 2014 The movie’s website is at http://dronesthefilm.com and the free screening is at http://demandprogress.tv/drones I saw a screening of this film back in November at the drone summit in DC. It’s wonderful. I was […]

▶ BelAhdan with Meredith Aby-Keirstead, Anti War Protest, Gaza

Published on Jul 24, 2014 The rise of the Anti Israeli Assault on Gaza movement. 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. Rise Up Times is also on  Pinterest, Google+ and Tumblr. Find us on Twitter at Rise Up Times […]

Tomgram: Engelhardt: A Record of Unparalleled Failure

Don’t Walk Away from War It’s Not the American Way By Tom Engelhardt  TomDispatch.com  June 10, 2014 The United States has been at war — major boots-on-the-ground conflicts and minor interventions, firefights, air strikes, drone assassination campaigns, occupations, special ops raids, proxy conflicts, and covert actions — nearly nonstop since the Vietnam War began.  That’s more […]

How And Why The Media Failed On Covering Drone Wars

Above: No Drone New England MIT protest drone By Greg Mitchell, www.thenation.com  PopularResistance.org  June 1st, 2014 This week Secretary of State John Kerry, a drone war enthusiast, was rightly mocked for telling Edward Snowden to “man up” and return to the US. But it was easy criticism when the implications of death-by-drone deserve a deeper dive. And […]

Brian Terrell, Lie: Drones Are Not A Better Way Of War

Force Protection Alpha in Effect By Brian Terrell, www.vcnv.org  June 1st, 2014 Above photo: A victim of a drone attack in Pakistan. Daniel Berehulak/Getty On April 15, 2014, when the story broke on the world that the Central Intelligence Agency’s covert program of assassination by remotely controlled drones is not distinct from the drone program of the […]

Pratap Chatterjee: The Three Faces of Drone War, Speaking Truth From the Robotic Heavens 

Originally posted on Rise Up Times:
 Tomgram: The True Costs of Remote Control War By Pratap Chatterjee  TomDispatch.com  May 11, 2014 Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. Enemies, innocent victims, and soldiers have always made up the three faces of war. With war growing more distant, with drones capable of performing on the battlefield while their “pilots”…

Pratap Chatterjee: The Three Faces of Drone War, Speaking Truth From the Robotic Heavens 

 Tomgram: The True Costs of Remote Control War By Pratap Chatterjee  TomDispatch.com  May 11, 2014 Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. Enemies, innocent victims, and soldiers have always made up the three faces of war. With war growing more distant, with drones capable of performing on the battlefield while their “pilots” remain thousands of miles away, two […]