Covert Drone War

The use of Predator and Reaper drones (unmanned flying vehicles that are often armed with video-guided missiles) by the US military and CIA is a largely untold story of the "Global War on Terror / Global Contingency Operation" - yet has caused thousands of deaths in Pakistan and Afghanistan, many of whom are women and children.

Text of the Open Letter by Drone Pilots to President Obama

January 24, 2016

We came to the realization that the innocent civilians we were killing only fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS

Dear President Obama, Secretary Carter and Director Brennan:

We are former Air Force service members. We joined the Air Force to protect American lives and to protect our Constitution.


TV Commercials Urging U.S. Drone Operators to 'Refuse to Fly' Pulled from Air

Know Drones | August 24, 2015

Cable Provider Has Strong Links to Defense Industry, Including Snowden Employer and Drone Contractor Booz Allen Hamilton

CLOVIS, NM – An international cable provider with links to the defense industry is refusing to air television commercials produced by U.S. military veterans that are critical of the U.S. drone program, according to vets involved in the production of the spots.


Anti-Drone Resisters Jailed

Ellen Barfield, July 30th 2015


Syracuse, N.Y.  Four anti-drone resisters were sentenced last night in Judge Joseph J. Zavaglia’s DeWitt (NY) Town Court for alleged trespass at a “die-in” on April 28, 2013 at Hancock Air Base, home to the 174th Attack Wing of the NY National Guard, just north of Syracuse, NY. At their four-day trial this past June trial the six-person jury acquitted the four of disorderly conduct and obstruction of government administration.hancock


The four are members of Upstate Drone Action Coalition – a scrupulously nonviolent, loosely-knit grassroots network which, since 2009 has actively opposed the Hancock Reaper drones flying missions over Afghanistan. The Reaper, an unmanned robot, is notorious for violating international law by killing, maiming and terrorizing civilians in several U.S. undeclared wars.



Write a Letter to the Editor about Drone Warfare

Debra Sweet | June 17, 2015

The Air Force announced cutbacks in drone surveillance and targeted killing operations, saying they can't train and retain drone operators. From The New York Times June 16, 2015:


Veterans Urge Drone Operators to Refuse Orders to Fly

Know Drones | June 17, 2015

Letter Reinforces Call Made in National TV Ad Campaign

Hastings on Hudson, NY – An increasing number of United States military veterans are counseling United States military drone operators to refuse to fly drone surveillance/attack missions – the veterans are even helping sponsor prime time television commercials urging drone operators to "refuse to fly."


No Apology, No Accountability for Drone Deaths, but People are Taking the Targeted Killers to Court

Debra Sweet | June 12, 2015

"I profoundly regret what happened," Obama said, apologizing to the families of the deceased.  When a U.S. citizen, Warren Weinstein, and a European were killed by a U.S. drone strike, Obama apologized. 

When four other U.S. citizens who were Muslims, including the 16 year old Abdulrahman al-Aulaki. were targeted and killed, he not only didn't apologize, he didn't acknowledge them for years.  When he did, it was to make vague pledge of transparency.


Drone Warfare Terrorizes Whole Peoples And Is Terrorism

Ed Kinane | June 4, 2015

The media don’t tell us that drones, with their Hellfire missiles and 500 lb. bombs, dismember and incinerate human beings with far less “precision” than any ISIS beheading.

Our theme this morning is terror and terrorism. For me that means drone terror and terrorism.

I’ll begin by noting that most terrorism has not been perpetrated by Islamic-identified people.


Supporting Yemeni Drone Victims' Pursuit of Justice

Debra Sweet | May 29, 2015

Ramstein-drone-protest-NYC-May2015Faisal bin Ali Jaber, together with his family members, has brought a case against the German government for allowing the U.S. to use Ramstein Air Base for the U.S. drone killings. In NYC Tuesday, the Granny Peace Brigade, and World Can't Wait protested outside the German consulate to the United Nations. The latest on German case is that the court denied the lawsuit, but the Yemenis can appeal.


What to Say to People Who Drone on About How Good Drones Are

Debra Sweet | April 29, 2015

Children killed by drones in YemenA few points on the U.S. drone war which will not surprise you, but should be in your arsenal of arguments for people who think drones are an acceptable form of mass murder:


Drone Pilot With PTSD Confined Without Charges by the Air Force

Nick Mottern | April 28, 2015

As the Obama government attempts to justify its drone program, Staff Sergeant Shane R. Owens, a drone sensor operator suffering from PTSD from having been involved with drone killing, assigned to the 11th Reconnaissance Squadron at Creech AFB, has been confined by the Air Force without charges since March 5 at nearby Nellis AFB in Nevada.


Yemen Bombed by US-Supported Coalition of Saudi Arabia & Other Monarchies

Debra Sweet | March 30, 2015

U.S. airstrikes and drone attacks against rebels in Yemen came to the world's attention in 2009, though CIA drone strikes first started in 2001. None of the U.S.'s “interventions” have provided any support to the masses of people who joined the Arab spring protests in 2011 against the ruling government.


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