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.

Murder by Drone: the U.S. Terror War in Pakistan

From a World to Win News Service

As American drones occupy the skies across Pakistan's North Waziristan, the U.S. is continuing to lie about the many hundreds of ordinary people blasted to pieces or incinerated and the terrorizing of the entire population.

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New Study Documents the Civilian Terror from Obama's Drones

by Glenn Greenwald 

 A vitally important and thoroughly documented new report on the impact of Obama's drone campaign has just been released by researchers at NYU School of Law and Stanford University Law School. Entitled "Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan", the report details the terrorizing effects of Obama's drone assaults as well as the numerous, highly misleading public statements from administration officials about that campaign.

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Life for Pakistanis in US Drone War Detailed in New Report

Those venturing out to “recover bodies,” according to journalist Noor Behram, know they are likely to be “killed or maimed.”

by Kevin Gosztola

A new report featuring testimony from civilians, who’ve been victims of the US drone war in Pakistan, thoroughly examines what it is like for Pakistanis to live under drones. The International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic of Stanford Law School and the Global Justice Clinic at the New York University School of Law spent nine months conducting research and spoke with individuals, like Waziris, who agreed to be interviewed for the report and traveled long distances to share firsthand accounts, despite significant risks.

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A Picture of War: the CIA’s Drone Strikes in Pakistan

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The Bureau of Investigative Journalism  has been recording every reported CIA drone strike in Pakistan.  The result is our extensive database which details every known attack and the numbers killed in a covert war that has been bitterly fought since 2004.

Our detailed analysis has found that 344 strikes have killed between 2,562 and 3,325.  This number includes at least 474 civilians – though the true figure maybe as high as 881.

So just what do we know?  Rather than ask you to sift through thousands of lines of data, we’ve done the hard work for you – and these are the facts we’ve found:

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Drone Protesters Convicted in Missouri

From Brian Terrell

Good friends, 

Yesterday's trial and all the events surrounding it were amazing. Some truth was told in the courtroom, a rare event in a venue more conducive to obfuscation and evasion. The local Fox affiliate got some of the salient points, including interviews with expert witnesses Bill Quigley and Ann Wright.

Below is the AP coverage. About 25 of us went from the court room back to the scene of the crime, Whiteman AFB, where we stood vigil with signs and banners into the night.

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Holding the US to Account for Civilian Drone Deaths in Yemen

by Chris Woods

When news flashed of an airstrike on two cars in the city of Radaa on Sunday afternoon, early claims that ‘al Qaeda militants’ had died soon gave way to a more grisly reality. At least 11 civilians had been killed, among them women and three children. It was the worst loss of civilian life in Yemen’s brutal internal war since May 2012. Somebody had messed up badly. But who was responsible – the United States or Yemen?

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U.S Drones Strikes Target Rescuers in Pakistan

Drone Pilotby Glenn Greenwald 

The US government has long maintained, reasonably enough, that a defining tactic of terrorism is to launch a follow-up attack aimed at those who go to the scene of the original attack to rescue the wounded and remove the dead. Morally, such methods have also been widely condemned by the west as a hallmark of savagery. Yet, as was demonstrated yet again this weekend in Pakistan, this has become one of the favorite tactics of the very same US government.

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Put the Drones on Trial!

Protesting DronesFrom Voices for Creative Non-Violence

Join Ramsey Clark, Kathy Kelly, Ann Wright and Bill Quigley
Come to Missouri to Join Experts in Constitutional and International Law Supporting Activists in First Anti-Drone Trial Heard in Federal Court, September 10

Former Attorney General of the United States Ramsey Clark will be called as an expert witness in defense of two anti-drone activists on trial in United States District Court in Jefferson City, Missouri, on September 10. Clark, 84, has long and varied legal career that includes the drafting of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and opposition to the Vietnam War. He served as attorney general under President Lyndon Johnson from 1966 to 1969. Also called as expert witnesses for the defense will be retired Col. Ann Wright, who served 29 years in the U.S. Army/Army Reserves and 16 years as a U.S. diplomat and resigned in 2003 in opposition to the Iraq War, and Bill Quigley, Associate Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans. Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, will be called to witness to the effects of drone warfare on its civilian victims she has met while visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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The New York Times Drones on About the Morality of Drones

“…it may be a surprise to find some moral philosophers, political scientists, and weapons specialists believe unmanned aircraft offer marked moral advantages over almost any other tool of warfare.”

—Scott Shane, national security reporter for the New York Times, The Moral Defense For Drones, 7/15/12

By Conn Hallinan

First, one should never be surprised to find that the NY Times can ferret out experts to say virtually anything. Didn’t they dig up those who told us all that Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons? Second, whenever the newspaper uses the words “some,” that’s generally a tipoff the dice are loaded, in this case with a former Air Force officer (who teaches philosophy at the Naval Postgraduate School), a former CIA deputy chief of counterintelligence, and political scientist Avery Plaw, author of Targeting Terrorists: A License To Kill?

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Pentagon, CIA Sued for Lethal Drone Attacks on U.S. Citizens

“the question is whether the government is justified in killing without charging them or trying them for anything.”

By David Kravets

Survivors of three Americans killed by targeted drone attacks in Yemen last year sued top-ranking members of the United States government, alleging Wednesday they illegally killed the three, including a 16-year-old boy, in violation of international human rights law and the U.S. Constitution.

“The government has killed three Americans. It should account for its actions. This case gives us an opportunity to do that,” Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director with the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a press call.

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For Obama's Lethal Presidency, New Suit Aims at Justice

Abdulrahman al-Awlaki

Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, the 16 yr. old American who was killed in Yemen by a drone strike.

By Tom Junod

It was a pre-emptive strike against a pre-emptive strike.

When Nasser al-Awlaki found out in early 2010 that his American-born son Anwar was on American kill list, he responded in a very American way: He sued. "I used every legal means possible to stop the killing of my son," he said in an interview this past spring. Snd so — despite the notoriety of Anwar al-Awlaki and the success of Anwar al-Awlaki in inspiring terrorist attacks against the United States — he contacted the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights, and they eventually filed a suit that attempted to enjoin the Obama Administration from carrying out its plans to kill him before he could carry out his alleged plans to kill Americans.

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