Drones kill Pakistani civilians


This video from the USA says about itself:

Sep 24, 2012 by bravenewfoundation

http://www.warcosts.com

Since 2004, up to 884 innocent civilians, including at least 176 children, have died from US drone strikes in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan. A new report from the Stanford and New York University law schools finds drone use has caused widespread post-tramatic stress disorder and an overall breakdown of functional society in North Waziristan.

In addition, the report finds the use of a “double tap” procedure, in which a drone strikes once and strikes again not long after, has led to deaths of rescuers and medical professionals. Many interviewees told the researchers they didn’t know what America was before drones. Now what they know of America is drones, death and terror. Follow the conversation @WarCosts #UnderDrones

Robert Naiman, Truthout: A US peace delegation organized by Code Pink delivered a petition from more than 3,000 Americans to Acting US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Hoagland, calling for an end to the CIA drone strike policy in Pakistan: here.

A convoy of thousands protesting against illegal US drone assassinations was turned back by Pakistan’s army today as it approached South Waziristan: here.

USA: Catholic Worker Brian Terrell of Maloy, Iowa has been sentenced to serve six months in a federal prison for his witness against the use of drone warfare. Here are his statements to the court during his sentencing.

After a decade of the use of drones as part of its “war on terror” abroad, the US government is preparing the American people for the routine use of drones inside the US: here.

Peace activists will descend on RAF Waddington on Saturday to protest against the opening of the first British operating base for unmanned drones: here.

Foreign Secretary William Hague will be in court tomorrow over Britain’s alleged support for illegal CIA drone attacks in Pakistan: here.

3 killed, kids hurt as fury grows over U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan: here.

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  2. Pakistan: US drone strike kills at least 1 person

    RASOOL DAWAR,

    Updated 9:25 a.m., Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    MIR ALI, Pakistan (AP) — A U.S. drone fired a pair of missiles at a mud brick compound near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least one person, intelligence officials said.

    There were conflicting reports about whether more than one person was killed in the attack in Tappi Khun Khel village in the North Waziristan tribal area, a major hub for Taliban and al-Qaida militants in Pakistan.

    Two Pakistani intelligence officials said the strike killed one woman and wounded two men. A second pair of intelligence officials said three people were killed, including one foreigner. It was not clear whether the three dead were men or women or whether they had any link to militancy.

    The U.S. regularly carries out drone strikes targeting militants in Pakistan’s tribal region but refuses to discuss the covert CIA program publicly.

    Pakistani officials regularly criticize the strikes as a violation of the country’s sovereignty, but the government has assisted some of the attacks in the past.

    The intelligence officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters, said the attack killed a cow and a buffalo near the compound that was hit.

    ____

    Associated Press writer Ishtiaq Mahsud contributed from Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan.

  3. Drone Assassinations

    by Elizabeth Fattah and Marge Van Cleef

    What is the drone war but targeted assassinations that have killed many innocent non-combatants who are viewed as “collateral damage?”

    According to Dave Patterson of San Diego Veterans for Peace, “Our drones are killing people on average every 4 days, and the President has authorized the CIA to assassinate people if they only suspect that they might be engaged in terrorist activities.”
    Drones_Poway
    Veterans for Peace demonstrate outside General Atomics, a factory making drones in Poway, a suburb of San Diego.

    Vets for Peace conduct a weekly demonstration at General Atomics, a factory making drones in Poway, a suburb of San Diego. They recently held a special demonstration at the factory in coordination with Veterans for Peace-United Kingdom outside General Atomics in London, England.

    Who are the terrorists or the militants that we target? Are they not “freedom fighters” in their country or ethnic groups that are fighting against western domination and control of their own resources?

    Although the US Government has denied that there is a war on the Muslim world, we have seen the utter destruction of Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan, along with drone attacks on Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The attack on the Muslim world is to dominate and control resources and consolidate power.

    Continue reading the drones article here

    http://www.greenparty.org/newsletter/Nov2012/Drones.php

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  8. Californian toy company Maisto is cashing in on civilian casualties, with a new die-cast replica of the US army’s Predator drone.

    These flying robots of death have killed thousands in Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan. They really come into their own for assassinations—if you try not to think about the collateral damage.

    Wholesome fun, we’re sure you’ll agree.

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  10. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/10/us-usa-afghanistan-drones-idUSBRE92903520130310

    WASHINGTON | Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:39am EDT

    (Reuters) – With debate intensifying in the United States over the use of drone aircraft, the U.S. military said on Sunday that it had removed data about air strikes carried out by unmanned planes in Afghanistan from its monthly air power summaries.

    U.S. Central Command, which oversees the Afghanistan war, said in a statement the data had been removed because it was “disproportionately focused” on the use of weapons by the remotely piloted aircraft as it was published only when strikes were carried out – which happened during only 3 percent of sorties. Most missions were for reconnaissance, it said.

    U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration has increasingly used drones to target against al Qaeda-linked militants overseas.

    Civilian casualties from drone strikes have raised ethical concerns and angered local populations, creating tension between the United States and Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Some U.S. lawmakers have also questioned the legality of targeted killings and whether drones would allow the killing of American citizens inside the United States.

    The debate was intensified by Obama’s decision to nominate his chief counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan, an architect of the drone campaign, as the new director of the CIA.

    The Air Force Times said air force chiefs had started posting the drone strikes data last October in an attempt to provide more detail on the use of drones in Afghanistan.

    The newspaper said the statistics were provided for November through January, but the February summary released on March 7 had a blank spot where the drone data had previously been listed.

    “A variety of multi-role platforms provide ground commanders in Afghanistan with close air support capabilities, and it was determined that presenting the weapons release data as a whole better reflects the air power provided” in Afghanistan, Central Command said in its statement.

    “Protecting civilians remains at the very core of AFCENT’s (Air Force Central Command’s) mission,” it said. “The use of all AFCENT aerial weapons are tightly restricted, meticulously planned, carefully supervised and coordinated, and applied by only qualified and authorized personnel.”

    The statement said the decision to stop reporting the drone strikes was taken with the International Security Assistance Force – the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan.

    Brennan was sworn into office on Friday following a protracted confirmation battle that saw Senator Rand Paul attempt to block a vote on the nomination with a technical maneuver called a filibuster, in which he tried to prevent a vote by talking continuously.

    Paul held the Senate floor for more than 12 hours while talking mainly about drones, expressing concern that Obama’s administration might use the aircraft to target U.S. citizens on home soil.

    (Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Pravin Char)

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