Monday, May 27, 2013

Military Drones Are Inherently Fascistic and the CIA Needs to be Reigned In


Majia here: Recently I posted links to 2 articles documenting that drones were used to kill far more people than al-Qaida leaders:

Obama Administration Lied About Drone Targets By Natasha Lennard, Salon 17 April 13 http://www.salon.com/2013/04/10/obama_administration_lied_about_drone_targets/

[Excerpted] Investigative reports and on-the-ground testimonies have made it public knowledge that far more people than al-Qaida leaders are killed by drone strikes. The U.K.’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) estimates that in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia over 1,o00 civilians may have been killed by U.S. drone strikes. The Obama administration has long maintained, however, that strikes are only ever authorized to target “specific senior operational leaders of al-Qaida and associated forces.” Documents obtained by McClatchy newspapers suggest that these claims are false.

The top-secret intelligence reports reveal, as one expert with the Council on Foreign Relations told McClatchy, that the administration is “misleading the public about the scope of who can legitimately be targeted.” It is not clear who leaked the documents to McClatchy for review....

Obama’s drone war kills ‘others,’ not just al Qaida leaders McClatchy By Jonathan S. Landay | McClatchy Newspapers
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/04/09/188062/obamas-drone-war-kills-others.html

Majia here: Drone warfare by the US is expanding across the globe as a new drone base is established in Africa and as the US relies on drones to kill so-called terrorist targets in a global war on terror.

However, drone warfare is self-defeating. Drones produce terrorists after their missiles kill innocents. So, drone warfare by the CIA is able to legitimize operations by producing more terrorists.

Drone warfare and the global war on terror demonstrate the sickness at the heart of the US empire.

Now it seems that drone warlord Obama has some reservation about unchecked CIA terrorism with drones:

Miller, G. (2013 May 25) 'Obama's New Drone Policy Leaves Room for CIA', The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/obamas-new-drone-policy-has-cause-for-concern/2013/05/25/0daad8be-c480-11e2-914f-a7aba60512a7_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines
[excerpted] In a major speech Thursday, Obama talked of the seductive appeal of a weapon whose precision and secrecy offer a shield from accountability, saying it can “lead a president and his team to view drone strikes as a cure-all for terrorism.” Turning to Pentagon drones was described as a way to move the campaign out of the shadows of covert operation....

...But even those who agree with the decision said it may prove more difficult for Obama to dismantle the CIA’s drone program than it was to shutter its secret prisons, because of the agency’s expertise as well as circumstances that at times enable the CIA to operate in places off-limits to the Defense Department... [end]

Majia here: I don't know if anyone remembers but the government of Pakistan demanded that the CIA leave the country because the agency refused to consult with the government before drone attacks were launched inside the country. See for example this article here for discussion.

 The CIA is lawless and fascistic but transferring drone warfare to the Pentagon is not the solution.

Obama should HALT all drone attacks and re-establish HABEAS CORPUS and DUE PROCESS.


Terror, anger, hatred will never be quenched with weapons of war.



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Apr 21, 2013 – More on Anonymous Drone Strikes Under Escalating Fascism. Obama Administration Lied About Drone Targets By Natasha Lennard, Salon 17 ...
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Apr 24, 2013 – They fear that their home or a neighbor's home could be bombed at any time by a U.S. drone,” said Muslimi, who studied in the United States as ...
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Friday, October 19, 2012. Drone Warfare. The inevitable blowback to high-tech warfare. Walter Pincus Oct 15 The Washington Post ...
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Jul 23, 2012 – The New York Times today has a long, convoluted essay on the ethical issues of using drones. The Moral Hazard of Drones by John Kaag and ...
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May 30, 2012 – http://www.thenation.com/video/168007/jeremy-scahill-short-history-drone-warfare?rel=emailNation [Introduction to the video] "The United ...
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May 30, 2012 – Majia here: See my previous post http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/drone-warfare-arms-race-escalates.html. The amount of media ...
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Feb 23, 2013 – WASHINGTON — Opening a new front in the drone wars against Al Qaeda and its affiliates, President Obama announced on Friday that about ...
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Mar 16, 2013 – Majia here: Great. No accountability will exist because there will be less (or perhaps no) OVERSIGHT of how many drone strikes are conducted ...
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Mar 22, 2013 – Majia here: Earlier today I posted about militarized US drones in Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia here. Now we can read about ...
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Nov 18, 2012 – Science Daily reports By Chris WickhamPosted 2012/11/14 at 2:21 pm EST http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/bre8ad1hr-us-drones-civilian/: ...
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May 30, 2012 – http://www.thenation.com/video/168007/jeremy-scahill-short-history-drone-warfare?rel=emailNation [Introduction to the video] "The United ...

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