Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A visualization of drone strikes in Pakistan since... 41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed: US drone strikes – the facts on the ... The drones came for Ayman Zawahiri on 13 January 2006, hovering over a village in Pakistan called Damadola. Ten months later, they came again for the man who would become al-Qaida’s leader, this time in Bajaur.
Eight years later, Zawahiri is still alive. Seventy-six children and 29 adults, according to reports after the two strikes, are not. However many Americans know who Zawahiri is, far fewer are familiar with Qari Hussain. Hussain was a deputy commander of the Pakistani Taliban, a militant group aligned with al-Qaida that trained the would-be Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, before his unsuccessful 2010 attack. The drones first came for Hussain years before, on 29 January 2008. Then they came on 23 June 2009, 15 January 2010, 2 October 2010 and 7 October 2010. Finally, on 15 October 2010, Hellfire missiles fired from a Predator or Reaper drone killed Hussain, the Pakistani Taliban later confirmed.
Some 24 men specifically targeted in Pakistan resulted in the death of 874 people. CIA, drone strikes, Jeremy Scahill, JSOC, Obama, targeted assassination progr... Washington, D.C. – An anonymous whistleblower within the U.S. intelligence community provided a cache of classified intelligence documents to The Intercept, which revealed the extremely dysfunctional nature of the American drone warfare/targeted assassination program. The eight-part investigation, which included documents, analysis, slides, and visuals, was released on Thursday as “The Drone Papers,” by The Intercept. The insightful reporting by The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill and fellow investigative journalists analyzed and explored the manner in which drone strikes have been carried out by the U.S. in Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, and Afghanistan; ultimately questioning the legitimacy and legality of these extrajudicial killings.
The stunning array of classified information revealed an extreme lack of precision in the drone assassination campaign, with one document reporting that “nearly 90 percent of people killed in airstrikes were not the intended targets” over one five month period. Poll: 58% of Americans Admit They Openly Support Terrorism to Achieve Goals. Burning American FlagImage Source: Jennifer Parr Washington, DC (TFC) – Imagine the rage if a poll conducted in the Middle East suggested that 58% of Arabs supported the World Trade Center attacks. There would be calls for blood and to rain fire down on every square inch of the Middle East. More hyperbole from hawkish American officials would lead to yet another invasion. However, Americans had no problem stating they openly support the US drone strike program in countries that the nation is not even at war with. 58% of Americans openly stated they support the US drone program in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia.
There may be some hesitation to accept a parallel between targets of the American drone program and the attacks of 9/11. The drone program targets those that finance the military operations of insurgents, those that manufacture the products necessary for insurgents to fight, and the command and control facilities of the insurgent groups. These are all legitimate military targets. The Human Cost of Secret U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen. For more than a decade now, the United States has been using armed drones to secretly kill suspected terrorists in Yemen. The public knows very little about these attacks.
Neither the U.S. nor the Yemeni government has systematically disclosed who was killed and why, or whether civilians were among those killed. Now, working with the Open Society Justice Initiative, researchers from the Yemeni nongovernmental organization Mwatana Organization for Human Rights have spent two years visiting the sites where some of these attacks took place. Their findings are detailed in a new report, Death by Drone: Civilian Harm Caused by U.S. Targeted Killings in Yemen, which gives the world a look at the reality of a counterterrorism strategy that the Obama administration has hailed as a model program. The findings raise serious concerns over the lawfulness of U.S. drone strikes in Yemen.
The report also describes the terrorizing effects of U.S. drones on local populations. Al-Alwaki. Sick fucking society. Drones kill more than inquisition. Modern world. 98% These words. Oh, u weren't joking. Wait, what? Drones. Strikes per month. Bush/obama. Confessions of a drone veteran: Why using them is more dangerous than the gov... The White House sells drones strikes as legal, ethical and targeted to protect our military and innocent civilians from harm. These are questionable claims, made more dubious by the administration’s selectively leaking details of the drone program to assuage the public when reports arise of flawed legal reasoning, mistaken strikes or vastly underestimated civilian deaths. CIA director John O. Brennan also told the American public that drones “can be a wise choice because they dramatically reduce the danger to U.S. personnel, even eliminating the danger altogether.”
Director Brennan is wrong. I know because I am a veteran of the drone program. As the Obama administration increased its reliance on the drone program, the pressure came from the top to increase missions and strikes. As an imagery analyst, I was the only line of defense between keeping someone alive and providing the intelligence for a strike using technology not accurate enough to determine life and death.
Living Under Drones. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Drones (HBO) Drones w AI. The Obama Administration's Memo Justifying Killings of U.S. Citizens Is Horri... On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit released a previously secret Justice Department memo which the Obama administration used as legal justification for the targeted drone killing of Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011. Awlaki was a U.S. citizen who had gone to Yemen after 9/11 where it was alleged he became a propagandist for al Qaeda.
Although the White House thinks the assassination of U.S. citizens can be a constitutionally acceptable remedy for combating terrorism, there are two especially troubling aspects about the justification behind it, one of which is exemplified in this excerpt from the memo: Baked into this rationale is a very dangerous idea — namely, that the whole world is a battlefield on which the U.S. can operate in perpetuity. The “enemy” in question here isn’t a state, but a terrorist organization that isn’t all that well defined, and one that operates in multiple countries. Including this guy. Drones · A Data Narrative Made by Friends. June 16, 2014. ¶ In February of 2012 Congress told the Federal Aviation Administration (faa) to open the national airspace to drone traffic by September of 2015.
In 2013 the faa released the “Civil UAS Roadmap:” a plan to pave the skyways by clearing the regulations that have thus far kept government and private domestic drones at bay (for the most part) and creating a new regulatory infrastructure to welcome drones home. Privacy means more than not being watched for illegal activity. Privacy—the secret ballot—is the foundation of democracy. Surveillance undermines the secret ballot because when the government knows what you read, who you associate with, and what you talk about, it knows how you vote. And now, if the government doesn’t like how you vote—or what you read, write, or talk about for that matter—they can send the military to follow you around and monitor everything you do with a flying robot.
Consider the Fourth Amendment out the window. Why Do Americans Hate Beheadings But Love Drone Killings? | Coleen Rowley. The answer lies in human psychology. And probably like the old observation about history, people who refuse to understand human psychology are doomed to be victims of psychological manipulation. How is it that even members of peace groups have now come to support US bombing? One lady framed the issue like this: "I request that we discuss and examine why the videotaped beheading of a human being is understood to be more egregious than the explosion (almost totally invisible to the public) of a human being by a missile or bomb fired from a drone.
" There are at least four main reasons that explain why Americans care far more about the beheadings (thus far) of two Americans and one U.K citizen, than they care -- here's the polling -- about the thousands of foreign victims of US drone bombing. Anyway, I may be flat wrong but there has to be some explanation and I would welcome others' opinions.
Judge, jury, executioner. Then/now. US a No-Show for UN Talks on Covert Drone Wars. Abdullah Muhammad al-Tisi of Yakla holds a photo of his son Ali Abdullah Mohammed al-Tisi, who was killed in a US drone strike outside Rad`a, Yemen on December 12, 2013. (Photo: Human Rights Watch)The United States is refusing to participate in UN Human Rights Council talks about greater accountability for human rights violations in covert drone wars. Foreign Policy reporter Colum Lynch, who broke the story Wednesday, says the U.S. is opting out of discussions about a draft Pakistani resolution aimed at the U.S. drone strikes. Lynch explains: The Pakistani draft, which was obtained by Foreign Policy, urges states to "ensure transparency" in record-keeping on drone strikes and to "conduct prompt, independent and impartial investigations whenever there are indications of any violations to human rights caused by their use.
" It also calls for the convening of "an interactive panel discussion" on the use of drones.