British corporate involvement in US drone assassinations


This 14 March 2015 video from Britain is called Cable collaborator BT accused of aiding US drone strikes.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Reprieve: Reopen BT ‘drone strikes’ probe

Friday 29th August 2014

THE British government is being asked to reopen an investigation into telecoms firm BT after new evidence appeared to link the company to illegal US drone strikes.

Legal charity Reprieve, which assists the civilian victims of drone strikes, has submitted a formal complaint to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on the matter.

The charity says there is evidence that a cable laid by BT for the US military between RAF Croughton — a US base near Brackley in Northamptonshire — and Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti was tailored for use in the launching of drone strikes in Yemen and Somalia.

Reprieve argues that since the strikes are taking place in countries with which the US is not at war and have killed civilians, they violate international and domestic law.

The complaint also alleges BT’s complicity with intelligence agencies GCHQ and the NSA to engage in covert mass surveillance used to target drone strikes.

The UK National Contact Point (UK NCP), the arm of BIS which is supposed to promote and police the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) guidelines for multinationals, this week declined to investigate BT for alleged violations of the OECD’s responsible business guidelines, saying it had no duty to do so.

Reprieve investigator Kevin Lo said: “It’s now clear there are serious questions to be asked about BT’s possible support for US drone strikes. The government should reopen its investigation as soon as possible, and demand some answers on behalf of the strikes’ civilian victims.”

A COMMISSION chaired by former head of intelligence agency GCHQ Sir David Omand called on the British government yesterday to distance itself from the US drone programme: here.

Leaked internal CIA document admits US drone program “counterproductive”. Document published by Wikileaks reveals agency’s own internal review found key counter-terrorism strategy “may increase support” for the groups it targets: here.

The appallingly high number of unidentified people killed in America’s drone war: here.

Britain’s complicity in shady US drone strikes was once again thrown under the spotlight yesterday after a German newspaper obtained a secret “kill list” including Afghan and Pakistani targets. Der Spiegel detailed documents apparently showing that Nato and British forces in Afghanistan planned to target and kill hundreds of individuals across the border in Pakistan: here.

US drone strike against Somalia: here.

24 thoughts on “British corporate involvement in US drone assassinations

  1. Sounds about right, BT are a very unethical company and this does not surprise me. They rip anyone off they can and threaten to get money from people who don’t own them. You can get a phone line installed without them it’s shocking. Their monopoly needs to be broken!

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  2. Reblogged this on Ideas Of Mass Destruction and commented:
    This is about right from BT, this company are very unethical. They rip off their customers whenever they can. They prey on elderly people and don’t explain their product. I remember that my mum was told a 100g download limit was ok for her, when she went over they changed her on average £40 a month, she asked and they told her she could not change (as she did not understand how download limits work). I call and asked unlimited and she saved £50 a month.
    So to hear they are involved in this sort of crime does not surprise me in the slightest. They monopoly needs to be stopped, we have not other option in the UK for your phone connection, then they charge through the roof for it, IT WRONG!

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