The 300th Drone Strike Of Obama’s Presidency Approaches

Amnesty International on the secret new form of war on civilian populations:

In the words of the recent report compiled by NYU and Stanford University:

“Drones hover twenty four hours a day over communities in northwest Pakistan striking homes, vehicles and public spaces their presence terrorizes men, women and children giving rise to anxiety and psychological trauma among civilian communities.”

Even as the Presidential candidates sparred on October 11, 2012, President Obama had already authorized his 297th drone strike since taking office, it was the deadliest one in 2012, killing 17 people, the second strike in less than twenty four hours in the area.

Less than a week later, on October 19, 2012 the CIA, that runs the covert drone program, announced it would ask the White House to approve a significant expansion of the agency’s fleet of armed drones so that it could sustain its lethal campaigns in Pakistan and step up campaigns in Yemen and Somalia.

Regardless of whether Americans feel any sympathy for the 500-800 civilians killed from drone strikes or the 176 children who have perished when killing by remote control fails to distinguish between funeral processions and weddings and alleged militants, they should be concerned about the glaring lack of accountability surrounding the drone program. As Americans consider which candidate they will elect, it is crucial that they demand answers on drones and the killing being done secretly in their name.

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  • Roark

    If disinfo can stop David Icking for a second; ever stop to think that these drone strikes are killing evil men?

    • ted

      hahaha “evil men”

      • Roark

        There is nothing funny about murderous tyrants.

        • Bruteloop

          Please, name these ‘tyrants’?

        • ted

          you are right! America must be stoped!

        • NotSoMuch

          How many “tyrants” have been killed, versus innocent civilians? Me thinks the means do not justify these particular ends…

    • anonymouse

      maybe the strikes are killing “evil” men, but at the same time they are creating more enemies than they murder. and yes, it is MURDER… MASS MURDER of innocent civilians. of course, if the civilians are male and of military age they are just declared to be “enemy combatants” so that the military does not look as bad.

      cui bono? well the obvious beneficiaries are the military-industrial complex (whose newest enemy “terror/terrorism/terrorists” is so vague it could mean nearly anything/anyone they would like and, in addition, the “war” against terrorism/terrorists has no end in sight) and private mercenary armies such as Blackwater/Xe/Academi.

      who are the real terrorists?

    • JaceD

      What are you? Twelve years old? Drones kill more innocent people than “evil men”.

      • Matt Staggs

        Uh, yeah! They kill Bad Guys too! ;)

        • JaceD

          Darn those pesky Bad Guys and their sinister plots to take over the world!

    • Matt Staggs

      I’m having trouble making the connection between a report from Amnesty International and the work of David Icke, but I do like “David Icke-ing” as a contribution to Disinfo’s general lexicon.

  • BuzzCoastin

    > As Americans consider which candidate they will elect, it is crucial that they demand answers on drones and the killing being done secretly in their name.

    in a sham democracy like Der Homeland of the Free (void where prohibited by law)
    the sheeple should be demanding of answers about a lot of things
    911, the lies about WMDz, GITMO torture, “defense” spending, the ongoing imprisonment of people of color
    but the likelihood of any meaningful answers or reform are not possible
    when an oligarchy controls the government for their personal financial benefit
    and the sheeple permit it

  • Liam_McGonagle

    I hope Barack and the Mrs. go out to dinner somewhere nice to celebrate.