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  2. DAVID CAMERON will splurge a further £1.5 billion of taxpayers’ money on the military in order to finance the “battle of our generation” against Islamist terrorism, it was announced yesterday.

    The PM gave defence chiefs the go-ahead to spend extra cash on new spy aircraft, including drones, to collect information on the Islamic State (Isis) and other groups.

    However, human rights groups protested that more information was needed about Britain’s involvement in a “secret drone war.”

    Reprieve legal director Kat Craig said: “If the Prime Minister is going to call for more spending on drones, he needs to give us some answers on how they are being used.

    “There is overwhelming evidence that the UK is closely involved in the US secret drone war, which risks turning the world into a battlefield.

    “Drone technology has enabled a vast expansion of secret bombing campaigns which take place without the knowledge or approval of the public.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-63a2-PM-splashes-15bn-on-spy-aircraft-to-combat-terrorism#.VaTB3Pmw51Q

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  3. Friday, 24 July 2015

    British pilots flying US drones

    BRITISH pilots have been flying drones from a US base responsible for covert strikes in Yemen and Pakistan, considered by many to violate international law, new documents have revealed.

    A ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MOU) between the UK and US governments, obtained under Freedom of Information by legal charity Reprieve, shows how UK pilots have been assigned to the command of US drone squadrons operating out of Creech Air Force Base in Nevada.

    Creech is reportedly one of the bases responsible for controlling Predator and Reaper drones flying covert airstrikes against targets in Pakistan and Yemen – countries where neither the US nor the UK are at war.

    Such strikes – ordered by the CIA or US Special Forces, but often flown by regular US Air Force (USAF) pilots – have never been officially acknowledged by the US government. A Commission led by the former head of GCHQ, Sir David Omand, last year expressed concern over UK forces embedded with the US, and called for measures to ensure that ‘the UK government does not inadvertently collude in RPA [‘remotely piloted aircraft’ = drone] actions contrary to international law’.

    The MOU ‘establishes the terms and conditions by which UK Personnel may be temporarily assigned to the 432nd Wing as a gift of services to fulfil US Air Force operational requirements,’ and states that the normal tour of duty will last up to three years.

    It sets out that ‘UK Personnel contributing services will be under the direction and operations control of the Host Participant’s (i.e. the US’) unit commander,’ and ‘Administration and control of the UK Personnel will be in accordance with Host Participant’s national laws and regulations.’

    Reprieve is concerned that this means that UK pilots under US command may have been ordered to carry out drone strikes which are at odds with international law and publicly-stated British policy. UK ministers have maintained that strikes in Yemen and Pakistan are matters only for those countries and the United States.

    http://wrp.org.uk/news/11166

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  6. THE US plans to increase drone aircraft flights worldwide by half over four years, the Pentagon announced on Monday.

    In the the latest escalation of tensions in the new cold war, civilian contractors will be paid to deploy more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

    Under the plans laid out by senior defence officials, the air force would continue to provide 60 daily drone missions, while the army would conduct about 16, and US Special Operations Command and civilian contractors would carry out up to 10 each.

    Civilian contractors would only fly spy drones, not the armed aircraft, but that would free up military drones for attack missions.

    One unnamed official claimed “aggression” by Moscow and Beijing as justification for violating the airspace of sovereign nations and bombing unsuspecting civilians.

    Other targets include Syria — ostensibly as part of the war against Islamic State (Isis) — where drones are being redeployed from Afghanistan.

    Former drone operators have warned that there is no legal oversight of operations, which include assassination of US citizens overseas deemed threats to national security.

    The US has come into conflict with Russia over the western-backed coup in Ukraine and the subsequent civil war against anti-fascist forces in the eastern Donbass region.

    The US has supplied unarmed military vehicles, including spy drones, to the Kiev regime.

    Washington has also attacked Beijing’s land reclamation work in the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea — which lie on a major shipping route — ordering patrol aircraft to violate Chinese airspace.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-5c41-US-Pentagon-annouces-big-increase-in-drone-flights#.VdSOd5dDgdU

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  10. Monday 5th October 2015

    posted by Luke James in Britain

    ‘Counterterrorism package’ will let PM continue Syrian bombing campaign against MPs’ wishes, says Stop the War’s German

    DAVID CAMERON doubled Britain’s fleet of deadly drones yesterday, signalling that he is set to unleash a new wave of illegal air strikes in the Middle East.

    The Prime Minister, who launched a secret mission to kill British citizens in Syria this summer, announced that the RAF’s 10 Reaper drones will be replaced by “over 20” new ones.

    These politically named Protector drones, which come at an undisclosed cost to taxpayers, have a greater range and endurance than existing aircraft, which will also receive upgrades.

    The Tories justified the spending as a boost to Britain’s surveillance capacity but made no direct mention of the drones’ deadly weaponry.

    They will “dramatically increase the UK’s ability to identify, track, deter and ultimately counter potential threats,” the party said in a statement.

    The announcement came less than a month after Mr Cameron revealed RAF drones were used without MPs’ approval or international sanction to kill two Britons fighting with the Islamic State (Isis) terror group in Syria.

    The PM confirmed it was the first time Britain had made a drone strike in a country where it was not at war.

    Stop the War chair Lindsey German said yesterday though that the purchase of new drones underlined Mr Cameron’s desire to carry on and extend his operation.

    She warned: “Drones are operated at little risk to British operatives but their use in targeted assassinations and other attacks are known to increase support for the groups attacked.

    “The use of drones in Afghanistan has done nothing to end the war there, as (the Taliban capture of) Kunduz has shown.”

    Parliament has rejected British bombing in Syria, but the PM hopes to win a second vote when MPs return next week.

    Even if he loses the vote, the RAF’s increased drone capacity could allow him to continue launching air strikes.

    The purchase of specialist equipment and clothing for Britain’s special forces was also announced as part of the government’s new “counterterrorism package.”

    Making the announcement yesterday, Mr Cameron said: “National security is the first priority of this government.”

    His comments suggest the Tories want to ram home their claim that Labour is a “threat to national security” under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-6a3d-Cameron-doubles-British-drone-fleet#.VhLwmytDgdU

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  16. Thursday 17th March 2016

    posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

    A WEEKLY vigil outside a military base by a 74-year-old peace campaigner has been put under threat by a police dispersal order.

    Lindis Percy, who stages a one-hour vigil at US communications base Menwith Hill in Yorkshire every Tuesday, told the Star yesterday that police turned up this week ordering activists to leave.

    A fellow campaigner decided to leave but Ms Percy was arrested after refusing to budge. She has been ordered to appear in court on April 7.

    The base is staffed by 1,450 US civilian and military personnel and is a key link in the US’s worldwide electronic intelligence-gathering operations via satellites.

    Ms Percy, who is a retired nurse, midwife and health visitor, has been a leading peace campaigner for more than 30 years. She has been arrested hundreds of times.

    She says North Yorkshire Police and the Ministry of Defence Police at the base have begun applying a dispersal order to stop her weekly vigils at the base.

    “I very much want this in court as it is serious, if they get away with this. It stinks.”

    Dispersal orders are part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill 2014.

    According to government guidelines, dispersal orders give police powers “to disperse individuals or groups causing or likely to cause anti-social behaviour in public places.”

    The guidelines also state that “police will be able to deal quickly with emerging trouble spots” and that there must be reason to suspect that “the person has contributed or is likely to contribute to members of the public in the locality being harassed, alarmed or distressed, or the occurrence of crime or disorder.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-8239-Police-pursue-pensioners-peace-protest#.VurjUnprgdU

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  19. Monday 4th
    posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

    Demonstrators mark Independence From America Day

    ACTIVISTS staged a peaceful demonstration outside a US military base in Yorkshire at the weekend demanding its closure while praising Jeremy Corbyn as Britain’s best hope for peace.

    Menwith Hill, an intelligence-gathering centre on moorland outside Harrogate, is staffed by more than 1,000 US military and civilian personnel and guarded by British Ministry of Defence police.

    Inside its boundaries are dozens of satellite dishes gathering military, political and economic material which is fed to the US.

    Peace activists have been campaigning for its closure for more than three decades, staging a demonstration at the base each year on the Saturday closest to July 4 — US Independence Day.

    This year the protest was dubbed Independence From America Day.

    Former Labour MEP and European Parliament whip Michael McGowan made a powerful speech in defence of embattled party leader Mr Corbyn.

    Mr McGowan highlighted Mr Corbyn’s role in creating a new kind of politics that is more co-operative, more caring and more international.

    He said the election of Mr Corbyn, an anti-nuclear weapons activist, was “a historic opportunity for world peace, which should be a matter of universal celebration and an opportunity not be wasted but to be taken forward in the interest of all who share our planet.”

    Mr McGowan is a trustee of the Leeds-based group Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, and has worked alongside Mr Corbyn with refugees from the Western Sahara who live in exile under canvass in the Sahara Desert.

    Other speakers included John Bourton of UK Veterans for Peace who spoke of his own experiences with led him from professional soldier to peace activist.

    Veterans for Peace which is a voluntary ex-services organisation of men and women who collectively have served in every war that Britain has fought since WWII.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-336d-Peace-activists-rally-at-US-military-base#.V3qP2aKZ0dU

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