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FOR EVERY ACTION, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Sir Isaac Newton called it his Third Law of Motion. The CIA calls it “blowback.”
No longer will the pilots who steer drones and fire missiles while staring at computer screens be confined to remote areas like the Nevada desert.
There are multiple efforts at present to strengthen and revive the peace movement in the United States, and this is a critical necessity. As we wrote several weeks ago, a crisis either manufactured or not can be used to impose greater restrictions on our civil liberties and push through unpopular policies. It is up to […]
So, at this late date, what might a president frightened by his successor actually do…
Under the guise of increased transparency, the administration has revealed partial information about its targeted killing program. But much remains classified. And what we do know does not comply with the law.
And, of course, in numerous cases civilians have been killed in large numbers and people have been targeted without identifying who they are.
… there’s the president who, over the last seven years, has sanctioned the largest targeted killing campaign in American history.
The public’s right to information about the drone campaign, and about counterterrorism policy more generally, should not depend on the grace of executive branch officials. Transparency should be required by law.
MilitaryIndustrialComplex.com reports that Honeywell has received $9.06 billion in military contracts in the last decade. Honeywell also has taken in billions in government contracts for the above-mentioned making of non-nuclear parts for nuclear weapons and the management of nuclear weapons facilities.
DN! Exclusive VIDEOS: Air Force Whistleblowers Risk Prosecution to Warn Drone War Kills Civilians, Fuels Terror
“Numbing & Horrible”: Former Drone Operator Brandon Bryant on His Haunting First Kill
Truthdig: Award-winning animator Mark Fiore imagines what media coverage of the drone program would look like if the killing machines weren’t so “techno-cool.” Watch the enlightening clip and read Fiore’s thoughts on the subject below.
Currier: The study, carried out by the Pentagon’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Task Force, illuminates and in some cases contradicts the administration’s public description of a campaign directed at high-level terrorists who pose an imminent threat to the United States. It admits frankly that capturing terrorists is a rare occurrence and hints at the use of so-called signature strikes against unknown individuals exhibiting suspicious behavior.
Begley: The first bomb dropped from an airplane exploded in an oasis outside Tripoli on November 1, 1911. grenade. … One hundred years later, the bombing is done by pilotless planes. They are controlled remotely, often half a world away. We have come to call them “drones.” On the inside, people call them “birds.”
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.
Secret military documents expose the inner workings of Obama’s Drone Wars truthdig.com October 15, 2015 jules 2000 / Shutterstock Targeted killings carried out by unmanned drones, though still very controversial, have become a fixture of U.S. foreign policy. On Thursday, The Intercept published a report, “The Drone Papers,” which gives the public a close look […]
“I felt like it destroyed my soul,” Bryant told Motherboard. “For the longest time.”
Kolhatkar: In the 14 years it has occupied Afghanistan, America’s longest war has achieved mostly bloodshed. Despite spending billions of dollars—the U.S. offered its largest share of foreign aid to Afghans last year—there is little to show for it. Nearly $10 billion was spent on arming and training Afghan forces. But as the dismal state of the Afghan National Army shows, that money may as well have been poured down the drain.
US Drone Assassinations kill children. The “strikes” kill entire families and sometimes entire portions of a village. The US is doing this in countries we are NOT at war with…this is terrorism and so classified by the UN as well as deemed illegal.
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.
Berry The drones were not as precise as I had hoped, for they sometimes miss the designated enemy and hit an innocent bystander—the sort of operator’s error that we must classify as normal. The enemies of peace resent these errors just as much as we peace-lovers would. And so the drones have very likely made more enemies than they have killed.