More US drones on Yemeni civilians

This video is called Yemeni Civilians Protest U.S. Drone Attacks (November 2011).

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

US steps up drone war in Yemen

27 April 2012

President Barack Obama has approved much wider use of drone-fired missiles in Yemen, according to press reports Thursday, quoting unnamed US government officials. The result will be a much higher death toll from American attacks in that country, which has joined Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya and Somalia as a battlefield for the US military and CIA.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Obama had given the green light to a request by CIA Director David Petraeus to allow the agency to fire missiles at buildings, cars and armed groups without identifying exactly who is being targeted, based simply on a pattern of activity observed by US surveillance satellites or on-the-ground informants.

These “signature” strikes are a marked escalation from the previous “personality” strikes, which were restricted to individuals targeted as alleged leaders of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a militant Islamist group that Washington claims has attempted terrorist attacks against US targets.

Petraeus and the signature of U.S. terror. The CIA pressures Obama to step up indiscriminate attacks in Yemen: here.

US drone controllers killed 15 people in the Yemeni province of Abyan on Wednesday: here.

A US peace activist interrupted a top White House aide today as he delivered a speech in Washington that sought to justify the government’s drone assassination programme: here.

John Pilger | You Are All Suspects Now. What Are You Going to Do About It?. John Pilger, Truthout: “You are all potential terrorists. It matters not that you live in Britain, the United States, Australia or the Middle East. Citizenship is effectively abolished. Turn on your computer and the US Department of Homeland Security’s National Operations Center may monitor whether you are typing not merely ‘al-Qaeda,’ but ‘exercise,’ ‘drill,’ ‘wave’…. What has changed is that a state of permanent war has been launched by the United States and a police state is consuming Western democracy. What are you going to do about it?” Here.

US: ‘Targeted Killing’ Policy Disregards Human Rights Law: here.

A Pakistani human rights organisation filed petitions in Peshawar’s High Court yesterday, on behalf of the victims of Washington’s illegal drone strikes in the country’s tribal regions: here.

America as a Shining Drone Upon a Hill: here.

Robots “R” Us: Military-Style Drones Reported on 63 Bases in the US. Danny Schechter, The Rag Blog: “It’s easy to understand why presidents, politicians, and the military love robots. They don’t talk back. They follow orders. You press a button and they do what they are told. They are considered so efficient, and so lethal. These modern killing machines represent science fiction reborn as science ‘faction’ … And that’s why drone warfare has become such a weapon of choice”: here.

Evidence in British court contradicts CIA drone claims: here.

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  2. Germany Faces Inflated NATO Drone Costs

    The Local
    May 9, 2012

    Germany faces inflated Nato drone bill

    Germany’s bill for the Nato drone defence system seems set to rise by about a quarter to hit nearly half a billion euros, according to secret Finance Ministry documents.

    News magazine Der Spiegel reported on Tuesday it had seen a 17-page dossier saying that Germany was likely to have to pay significantly more than initially agreed for the Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) – to plug a financial gap left by other countries who have backed out of the Nato project.

    The dossier also says that German armed forces are expected to spend €260 million on up to four of its own unmanned drones in order to ensure the AGS capabilities.

    And although costs to the German budget are spiralling, the government is determined to support the concept, which is described as of “paramount significance” for military-political and operative considerations, the dossier says.

    Germany will do, “everything possible to contribute to its success,” it continues, according to Der Spiegel.

    Nato defence ministers finally reached a compromise over the AGS project this spring, with German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziére calling the drones pioneering.

    They are due to be presented as the perfect example of smart defence policies at the Nato summit in Chicago later this month – along with the idea that cooperation in buying defence capabilities will lead to greater force with less money.

    The idea for AGS dates back to 2007, Der Spiegel said, when eight Global Hawk drones were planned. These giant drones are as big as a commercial plane and are packed full of surveillance equipment.

    At the time 17 Nato nations said they would contribute to the financing, with the US and Germany signing up to pay two thirds of the €1.2 billion needed.

    But since then Turkey, Poland, Denmark and Canada have dropped out, citing budgetary shortfalls. The project was downgraded to just five Global Hawks – and as the dossier now makes clear, at one point the entire AGS project was written off by German politicians. Delays have also contributed to an increase in the cost – to nearly €1.5 billion.

    Germany will now face a bill of €483 million – around a third of the whole cost – rather than the original contribution of €400 million.

    Nato military bosses say they desperately need the new system – after having to admit that airborne operations over Libya were almost completely dependent on American surveillance drones and planes.


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