July 10, 2014
"I think drones are the most cowardly instruments in the history of warfare. A guy sits in an air-conditioned cage on a padded chair, looking at a TV monitor at an image 4,000 or 5,000 miles away, and we are killing wedding parties and children … We killed an American citizen. I mean, and this is with the total support of the people who bragged about America the most; America, America, the Constitution. And they totally turned their back on the bedrock of the Constitution. We have people in cages for 15 years, no Red Cross, no visitation, no letters, no nothing. For 14, 15 years. No habeas corpus. And these blatant violations are met with silence. We are a nation of law unless we’re scared."

Phil Donahue

"We are a nation of law unless we’re scared."

December 30, 2013
"What the public needs to understand is that the video provided by a drone is not usually clear enough to detect someone carrying a weapon, even on a crystal-clear day with limited cloud and perfect light. This makes it incredibly difficult for the best analysts to identify if someone has weapons for sure. One example comes to mind: “The feed is so pixelated, what if it’s a shovel, and not a weapon?” I felt this confusion constantly, as did my fellow UAV analysts. We always wonder if we killed the right people, if we endangered the wrong people, if we destroyed an innocent civilian’s life all because of a bad image or angle."

Heather Linebaugh, former drone pilot.

December 16, 2013
Pentagon Guidelines No Longer Ban Killing Civilians With Drones


The Pentagon has dramatically revised its guidelines on the use of drone strikes, removing previous instructions that admonished troops to “ensure” civilians aren’t targeted with drones.

Instead, the instructions now simply encourage troops to “avoid targeting” them as much as possible, and cautions commanders that civilian deaths “must not be excessive” with respect to whatever military goal they have in mind. … (via c4ss)


LTMC: This is practically an open acknowledgment by the Pentagon that U.S. drone strikes are not only killing civilians, but killing a substantial amount of them.

December 14, 2013
"Imagine the uproar in [the U.S.] if a jet took out a wedding party. Just consider the attention given every time some mad gunman shoots up a post office, a college campus, or simply an off-campus party, if you want to get an idea. You might think then that, given the U.S. record of wedding carnage in Afghanistan, which undoubtedly represents some kind of modern wedding-crasher record, there might have been a front-page story, or simply a story, somewhere, anywhere, indicating the repetitive nature of such events. …And yet, if U.S. carnage in that country gets attention at all, it’s usually only to point out, in self-congratulatory fashion, that the Taliban — with their indiscriminate roadside bombs and their generally undiscriminating suicide bombers — are far worse."

Tom Engelhardt

"That guy over there stabbed you twice, and i only stabbed you once!  See, I’m the good guy!"

December 14, 2013
"These (drone) strikes create more terrorism. In our area there was never anyone linked to al Qaeda. After the strike, everyone in the area started listening to al Qaeda types, exchanging videos on mobile phones."

Mohamed, brother of a man killed by a recent U.S. drone attack in Yemen that hit a wedding party.

December 14, 2013
"More than 50 innocent civilians in our town have been killed by drones. All those who were killed were supportive of the government’s anti-terror campaign."

Abdullah al-Kabra, eyewitness to a U.S. drone strike that mistakenly killed over a dozen civilians in Yemen (via prettayprettaygood)

December 3, 2013

There were pieces of my family all over the road. I picked up those pieces from the road and from the truck and wrapped them in a sheet to bury them.

Do the American people want to spend their money this way, on drones that kill our women and children?


Miya Jan, an Afghan man who recounts the events after a drone strike pummeled his village and killed his brother, along with his sister-in-law and 18 month old nephew.

American reports claimed 11 people died that day, the overwhelming majority being Taliban militants, while the inhabitants of the village refute saying 14 people died and they were innocent civilians.

Also more from the article, a 19 year old man named Abdul Ghafar, who lost his mother, brother, sister-in-law and nephew in drone strikes, which fly over his home several times a day states:

The Americans say they are here to protect us. No — they’re here to kill us and terrorize our women and children. These be-pilots fly over our village almost every day. They spy on people and steal their lives. Children are afraid to go to school. People are afraid to stand in a group because they fear these planes will shoot a missile at them.”

(via maarnayeri)

(via progressivefriends)

October 25, 2013
"The drones were terrifying. From the ground, it is impossible to determine who or what they are tracking as they circle overhead. The buzz of a distant propeller is a constant reminder of imminent death."

Phenomenology of a Drone Strike (via bostonreview)

July 23, 2013
For only $7, you can totally ruin your next Thanksgiving dinner with your family.  Or be fashionable at a political protest.  Either or.
h/t Anti-War

For only $7, you can totally ruin your next Thanksgiving dinner with your family.  Or be fashionable at a political protest.  Either or.

h/t Anti-War

July 9, 2013
Tweeting truth to power.

Tweeting truth to power.

(via antigovernmentextremist)

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