Tag Archives: UAVs

ACLU Targets Obama with New Lawsuit Over Drone Wars, ‘Kill List’

And as Spurlock concluded, “The government’s drone program lives far too deep in the shadows. As long as the government continues its campaign of secret, unacknowledged lethal strikes across the globe, we will fight to subject this policy to the scrutiny and debate it deserves.”

Pratap Chatterjee: Are Pilots Deserting Washington’s Remote-Control War?

 The Air Force is currently under orders to staff 65 of these regular “combat air patrols” around the clock as well as to support a Global Response Force on call for emergency military and humanitarian missions. For all of this, there should ideally be 1,700 trained pilots. Instead, facing an accelerating dropout rate that recently […]

Kathy Kelly: The Front Page Rule

Kathy: I hope that someday Senator McCain will gain the insight to repent of insulting them, just as one of the witnesses that day, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, may now regret having exalted the “indispensable” U.S. nation’s right to lead in using force, having since admitted, “We have been talking about our exceptionalism during the recent eight years. Now, an average American wants to stay at home – they do not need any overseas adventures. We do not need new enemies.”

The U.S. Media and the 13-Year-Old Yemeni Boy Burned to Death Last Month by a U.S. Drone

Greenwald: I have no idea whether this 13-year-old boy was “a member of al-Qaeda,” whatever that might mean for a boy that young. But neither does the New York Times, which is why it’s incredibly irresponsible for media outlets reflexively to claim that those killed by U.S. drone strikes are terrorists.

Kathy Kelly: The Shift (Notes from Lexington Federal Prison)

Kathy: Our society barely recognizes the futility of imprisoning people for onerously long sentences. I think of Mukherjee and wonder whether U.S. people invested as much money in cancer research as they did in Super Bowl celebrations this year.

Genocides, Not Wars

Western Wars, Not Really Wars TGP STAFF   January 23, 2015    ANDRE VLTCHEK | Simulpost with Counterpunch In ancient times, even the greatest bandits such as kings and conquerors, deranged knights and simple arch-brigands, used to lead their armies into battle. It would be unthinkable for them to hide behind; it would be so shameful! The Queen […]

Medea Benjamin: An interview with peace activist Kathy Kelly

When I went to trial, the military prosecutor told the judge, “Your Honor, Ms. Kelly is in grave need of rehabilitation.” But I think it’s our policy that’s in grave need of rehabilitation. We’ve already spent $1 trillion on warfare in Afghanistan and will be spending another $120 billion. The Pentagon wants $57 billion for this year alone. We’re squandering resources that are sorely needed at home and abroad to solve extremely serious problems our world is facing, problems like the climate crisis and global poverty.

▶ BBC: Former Air Force Drone Operator Remembers His ‘First Hellfire Shot’

Former Air Force pilot Brandon Bryant worked in the U.S. Predator program for four and a half years. truthdig.com  January 21, 2015 BBC During that time, he was told, he aided in killing 1,626 people in Afghanistan and other countries through the use of drones. In the BBC’s video interview with Bryant below, he recalls […]

Tom Engelhardt: The Senate Drone Report of 2019 — Looking Back on Washington’s War on Terror

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The National Security State “Works,” Even If Nothing It Does Works By Tom Engelhardt  tomdispatch.com  December 18, 2014 It was December 6, 2019, three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress. That day, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s long fought-over, much-delayed, heavily redacted report on […]

Glenn Greenwald: On Media Outlets That Continue to Describe Unknown Drone Victims As “Militants”

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. […]

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 […]

Devreaux Baker: In the Year of the Drone

By Devreaux Baker   Nuclear Age Peace Foundation   October 15, 2014 Hurry, you have to tell them. A girl is walking down the street hand in hand with her mother coming or going to a wedding or a birth. There is the sound of celebration in the air, the smell of spice on their hair and […]

Rania Khalek: Drone-Strike Feminism

 Of all the justifications the Obama administration has employed to sanctify yet another war on Iraq, none have been more disingenuous than the portrayal of the latest US bombing campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, aka ISIL) as a feminist rescue mission. By Rania Khalek  www.truth-out.org   PopularResistance.org   November 8th, 2014 […]

▶ 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 […]

Constitutional Law 101 with Professor Droney: Tom Tomorrow, This Modern World

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Joy First: What Happens When You Talk With Americans About Drone Murders

  It seems like there are not enough people speaking out against what is going on because so many people refuse to really look at the death and destruction our military is leaving all around the globe. It is so much easier to close our eyes. By Joy First  WorldBeyondWar.org  October 17, 2014 Mount Horeb, […]

Evergreene Digest: Kathy Kelly Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court

Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker to be tried on December 10th, International Human Rights Day Kathy Kelly (Kathy@vcnv.org), Voices for Creative Nonviolence (www.vcnv.org) October 7, 2014 (Today) Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker appeared before Judge Matt Whitworth in Jefferson City, MO, federal court on a charge of criminal trespass to a military facility.  The charge […]

Global Action Day Hancock Air Base: Photos, Article

Citizens join Global Action Day against drones at Hancock Air Base Two of the 21 photos from Syracuse.com  Photographer: Michael Greenlar A die-in. Speak Out Against Drones at Hancock Air Base. October 5, 2014. Anti-drone demonstrators simulate being killed or injured by a drone strike.  This photo needs no caption. Anti-drone activists, limited to ‘Free Speech […]

▶ 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 […]

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 […]