Drones kill Pakistani civilians, again

This video from the USA says about itself:

Signature Strike Investigation

Published on June 19, 2013

Tell Congress to move now to end these signature strikes, save innocent lives, protect America from the blowback of killing innocent civilians, and restore the rule of law.

Sign and share this petition to end signature drone strikes.

Follow the campaign @WarCosts and fb.com/warcosts.

Robert Greenwald and the War Costs team in the USA write about this:

Dear Friend —

“The entire leadership of our tribe was wiped out, over 40 civilians killed by your drones. Why would you kill our elders who were meeting peacefully?”  This is only one example of the questions I was asked during my time in Pakistan while collecting interviews for our upcoming War Costs film and investigation on drones.

Each person with a different perspective – some were badly injured, some had relatives killed, some whose friends were obliterated. But they all came together to tell the same story: a community wiped out and destroyed by drones. How did this happen? WHY did this happen? See Brave New Foundation’s latest investigative video with exclusive interviews and footage directly from the tribal area. And remember the words ‘signature strike’ as you watch this investigative video.

When talking with tribal leader Jalal Manzar Khail to uncover the truth about Datta Khel, Jalal remembers seeing the drones hovering in the sky that entire morning- sizing up their target. Minutes into the discussion, drone strikes rained down on the gathering killing over 40 members of their families and community. If you think having your cell phones and emails monitored is invasive, try having an armed drone circle your neighborhood 24/7. With the ability to kill or maim you, your neighbors, and your loved ones at any moment.

A majority of the public currently support drone strikes but are unaware of their consequences and that we are killing civilians. We must join together to change the narrative – just like we did with the war in Afghanistan and in Iraq. Sign this petition today asking Congress to end signature strikes. If we get enough signatures, we will use the petition to get a Member of Congress to introduce legislation ending signature strikes that kill innocent civilians.

We have worked together on other important battles in the past but it’s time for us to stand together again and demand action.

Take a moment to send this video to your friends and family and help us get 10,000 people to sign this petition so that we can tip the balance in this campaign and show elected officials that the public demands change.

Exclusive: Leaked Pakistani report confirms high civilian death toll in CIA drone strikes: here.

Activists in northwest Pakistan, some armed with clubs, have been forcibly searching trucks in an effort to halt NATO supplies in protest over US drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt. The unofficial checkpoints began on November 24 after a call to blockade NATO supplies by Khan, the head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) political party: here.

Britain is up to its neck in US dirty wars and death squads. The war on terror is now an endless campaign of drone and undercover killings that threatens a more dangerous world: here.

Vatican’s rep at UN warns US about the moral pitfalls of drones killing program: here.

I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on. Few of the politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue how it actually works (and doesn’t): here.

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  2. BT under fire for link to US drone killings

    Monday 22 July 2013

    by Paddy McGuffin

    Human rights charity Reprieve has filed a complaint with the British government against telecoms company BT over its alleged role in illegal covert drone strikes carried out by the US.

    BT has been contracted with the US government to supply key communications infrastructure between a US military base in Britain and Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, from which armed drones carry out missions over Yemen.

    The $23 million (£15m) contract requires BT to provide services between RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire and Camp Lemonnier until 2017.

    But when Reprieve asked BT Legal to explain the contract and the company’s risk assessment procedures for deals related to US counter-terrorism it said it did “not disclose contractual matters.”

    Reprieve is concerned over whether the firm breached the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines with its possible contribution to the gross violations of international law and human rights.

    The OECD guidelines are a mechanism for holding corporations to account in respect of breaches of ethical principles, including human rights.

    The guidelines are supported by National Contact Points which investigate and issue statements to ensure corporate responsibility for breaches.

    Reprieve has set out a series of alleged breaches committed by BT in its complaint. The breaches include suggesting it has contributed to adverse human rights effects in Yemen, which it has not sought to prevent or mitigate.

    Reprieve corporate social responsibility advocate Catherine Gilfedder said: “The US’s secretive and illegal campaign of drone strikes in Yemen is killing civilians and traumatising communities, yet it remains largely hidden from the eyes of the world.

    “BT needs to give a clear answer on whether or not it is involved in facilitating this deadly programme.”

    She called on shareholders to hold the firm to account an call for greater transparency over the issue, adding that she hoped the complaint would “encourage the company to be open about its activities and take steps to ensure it is not complicit in the brutal violations suffered by Yemeni civilians.”

    But a BT spokesman said it was comfortable with having the US government as a client.



  3. Tuesday, 23 July 2013


    A COMPLAINT has been filed with the government against telecoms company BT over its apparent facilitation of illegal, covert drone strikes carried out by the US.

    Reprieve reports that BT has contracted with the US government to supply key communications infrastructure between a US military base in the UK, and Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, the covert centre from which armed drones carry out lethal missions over Yemen.

    The contract, valued at around $23m, requires BT to provide services between RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire and Camp Lemonnier until 2017.

    When asked by Reprieve for an explanation of the contract and of the company’s risk assessment procedures for contracts related to US counter-terrorism, BT Legal said it ‘does not disclose contractual matters’.

    Reprieve is calling upon the UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines to investigate BT’s possible contribution to the gross violations of international law and human rights that the use of drones in non-war zones entails.

    Reprieve represents a number of individuals who have lost relatives in drone strikes or are affected by the ongoing use of drones in Yemen.

    Exposed is the severity of the trauma inflicted upon communities – one client explained how following a strike, ‘villagers’ unease with drones and planes turned to terror. We all lived in a state of fear for months.’

    The National Contact Point will now invite submissions from BT and issue an Initial Assessment within three months.

    Several of BT’s key shareholders have been notified of the complaint and are being called on to seek information from the company.

    Catherine Gilfedder, Reprieve’s Corporate Social Responsibility Advocate, said: ‘The US’ secretive and illegal campaign of drone strikes in Yemen is killing civilians and traumatising communities, yet it remains largely hidden from the eyes of the world.

    ‘BT needs to give a clear answer on whether or not they are involved in facilitating this deadly programme.

    ‘Its shareholders must demand this if their own responsible reputations are to be maintained.’



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  7. Dear Friend —
    Last year, many of you helped fund my trip to Pakistan to investigate, interview, and film the devastation that the U.S.’s use of drones has caused in the region. I saw, first hand, the destruction that drones have caused, including the loss of innocent lives and dismantled families and communities. I was able to collect incredible footage and interviews because of your continued support. We need your help now to bring Pakistani citizens whose lives have been changed because of the drones to the U.S. for a Congressional hearing.

    We are planning to release our documentary Unmanned: America?s Drone Wars this fall. As part of the release we are planning a massive social outreach and ground action plan. We are bringing some of the actual victims of drone strikes as well as family members who lost innocent loved ones to the U.S. for a Congressional hearing in Washington DC as well as to a panel hosted by Open Society Foundations and moderated by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now in New York City.

    Please consider donating $10 or more to help us with the expenses for this trip.

    We need to raise $10,000 to make this possible. With your support we will allow the people who have been most directly affected by our government’s drone policy to tell their stories firsthand. They will be able to talk to reporters, legislators and educators about their experience and let people understand that we must change this policy. These are people who haven’t traveled far from their birth cities, let alone out of the country. We arranging to get passports, visas, and plane tickets and we need your help to get it done!

    I will have more information about the film and our expansive outreach plans next month including an exciting opportunity for you to attend the premiere in Washington DC.

    Thanks for your support,
    Robert Greenwald


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  10. “Did you know your country is doing this?! This film finally puts names and faces to the nameless and faceless victims of the USA’s awful drone wars, as well as those who push the button. I hope this great film is one step down the road towards justice for the innocent victims” – Tom Morello

    Dear Friend —

    I am pleased to announce that on October 26th Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars will have it’s World Premiere in Islamabad, Pakistan. From there we will head to Washington DC for a hearing and a screening of the film, to NYC for a panel with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now and a screening then finally on to London where we will have a hearing in Parliament and a screening of the film.

    Your support has gotten us this far. Artist Shepard Fairey has created an image of one of the victims who lost his life just two years ago to a drone attack. Tariq was only 17 and murdered indiscriminately. We have created a t-shirt that we will be using for our events. We can now offer this t-shirt as part of our outreach fundraising efforts. Please get one. Also let us know if you are in Washington DC on October 28th or New York City on October 30th and we will send you information to attend the film screenings.


    Robert Greenwald


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