Drones

Alternet supremo Don Hazen reports on activist filmmaker extraordinaire Robert Greenwald’s latest campaign, at Salon: Robert Greenwald, head of the progressive internet video and  documentary film company, Brave New Films, recently traveled to Pakistan,…





Sierra Adamson talks to Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater and writer for The National, about some of the under-reported issues such as drone strikes in the Middle East, Obama’s kill list/Disposition Matrix, NDAA, use of the Espionage Act against whistle-blowers. Jeremy talks about the assassination of the 16 year old American citizen, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was killed by a drone strike authorized by President Obama and the response Robert Gibbs recently gave us when we questioned him on it. He discusses the left’s disregard of their anti-war principles in favor of being loyal to leaders in their own party and the war propaganda that is fed to Americans through mass media.

Via WeAreChange




Dance songs reflecting the new reality. The Guardian provides context:

In the long history of love songs the attention of a beautiful woman has been compared to many things – but perhaps only in Pakistan’s tribal belt would it be likened to the deadly missile strike of a remotely controlled US drone. [It’s] a sign of how the routine hunting down and killing of militants by unmanned CIA planes has leached into the popular imagination.

The repeated chorus: “My gaze is as fatal as a drone attack”. The hit for singer Sitara Younis follows her success last year with another love ballad, which warns a besotted man to keep his distance: “Don’t chase me, I’m an illusion, a suicide bomb.”

Maas Khan Wesal, a Pashtu music veteran who wrote the accompanying music, said the song had proved popular because it reflected the lives of Pashtu speakers on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.




Crime-stoppers fliers, spotted this morning adorning New York city lampposts: THE SUSPECTS ARE WANTED ACCORDINGLY FOR THE CRIMES OF UNCONSTITUTIONALLY MURDERING A U.S. CITIZEN WITHOUT DUE PROCESS THAT OCCURRED IN AL-JAWF PROVINCE,…


Longtime disinformation collaborator Robert Greenwald has a new project in the works and he’s asking for your help:

When we started our Rethink Afghanistan work over three years ago, we were a very small minority who believed the war and escalation of troops were a profound misuse of lives and money. The investigative videos, actions, and a full length film created with your help changed that…



Via NBC News:
Your friends at the psychopathic toy shop that is DARPA have just demonstrated proof of concept for something that’s been on their wishlist for some time: Self-refueling drones. Scientists at DARPA’s Autonomous High Altitude Refueling program successfully flew several pairs of Global Hawk drones in close formation, simulating a refueling maneuver. The next step will be to develop flying fuel stations that will help America’s drone fleet stay in the air for much longer missions.

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Read and think what it would be like to live in fear of drone strikes in your city. It could happen here. Jennifer Gibson describes the terror hovering over Pakistan in the…


Ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern writes at MichaelMoore.com: Several friends of mine are among the 35 American activists assembling in Pakistan in recent days in an effort to seek ground truth on the…



For those who may be interested, here’s a  short story I wrote about drones kicking ass in the future.  Enjoy! Tolerance has never brought civil war, intolerance has covered the earth with…



Were the GOP presidential ticket to triumph, could the American public count on Mitt Romney to properly order hush-hush drone killings of U.S. citizens as we now trust Obama? Last week Gawker‘s John Cook put this question to Democratic National Convention attendees (including DNC spokespeople, Senators Carl Levin and Chuck Schumer, and Newark mayor Cory Booker), eliciting some jumbled answers to the softball question of why Barack is the best man to choose whom to extrajudicially assassinate:



Via the New Inquiry, film director and artist/inventor Alex Rivera on what the unmanned aerial devices and our morbid fascination with them signify, and the hope beyond the horror: The drone is…