Tag Archives: Pakistan
This year at least 47% of federal income taxes goes to the military!
To this point, U.S. drones have taken over 7,180 lives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somali; no tally has been kept of drone assassinations in the other countries engulfed in war – Iraq, Syria and Libya. These killings, as you know, violate international law requiring due process and a variety of principles established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed by the U.S. after World War II.
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
The FBI’s ongoing, long-term incompetence has led to the deaths of far too many Americans. San Bernardino and Orlando are only the beginning. If the FBI can’t do its job, if its only counterterrorism successes are when it entraps hapless idiots who don’t know any better and who never had any intention of committing a terrorist act, it should be scrapped.
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
Cohn: Heyns warned the U.N. General Assembly that the use of armed drones by law enforcement could threaten human rights. “An armed drone, controlled by a human from a distance, can hardly do what police officers are supposed to do—use the minimum force required by the circumstances,” he said.
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 […]
When the US invades a country, we often only hear about it through the stories of our soldiers, but what do the people we invade and occupy think? If we talk to Afghans, for example, how do they feel about the war we brought to their country? Have we really improved their lives, or simply […]
“The White House’s story might have been written by Lewis Carroll: would bin Laden, target of a massive international manhunt, really decide that a resort town forty miles from Islamabad would be the safest place to live and command al-Qaida’s operations?” High-level lying remains the modus operandi of (Obama-led) US policy, along with secret prisons, […]
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.
A new article in The New Yorker by Steve Coll underscores how deceptive this journalistic practice is. Among other things, he notes that the U.S. government itself—let alone the media outlets calling them “militants”—often has no idea who has been killed by drone strikes in Pakistan. That’s because, in 2008, George W. Bush and his CIA chief, Gen. […]
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 […]
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 […]
While most international organizations and foreign states have made attempts to explicitly fuse drones and targeted killing to already established norms, ethics, and rules of war, the United States has focused more on drones being something of a semi-covert tool of political means. In other words, drone war is not necessarily the exact same thing […]
“If you take action, you can be a greater peace with yourself and your own conscience” — Archbishop Desmond Tutu By Ann Wright (about the author) OpEdNews.com September 5, 2014 The Elders (image by Ann Wright) The Elders are a group of leaders who were brought together in 2007 by Nelson Mandela to use their […]
“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 […]
The winds of change are now blowing. What the world hears today in the shape of horrendous stories of women being stoned to death, little girls being shot in the head for going to school and victimized women fighting back … are basically manifestations of women’s courage to challenge the misogynist reaction of those who fear […]
Special rapporteur on human rights says states have obligation to launch inquiries into attacks that kill civilians Ewen MacAskill and Owen Bowcott theguardian.com 10 March 2014 A US drone in Kandahar. The report found that drone attacks in Afghanistan no longer caused fewer civilian casualties than other air strikes. Photograph: Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images A report by the United Nations Human […]
From the start it has been difficult to interpret foreign policy as Barack Obama envisages it. The reason, so far as I can see, is that he has always been a man of American domestic affairs and of law, his profession. By William Pfaff truthdig.com Feb 25, 2014 White House/Pete Souza The Obama government has taken a Cold […]