When drone strikes kill people, rarely do news media bother to name those dead from the attack if they are not alleged by some official to be an al Qaeda leader. The others who are killed in addition to the al Qaeda leader that is believed to be dead are reported as “militants.” Any more information than that is unlikely.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 4, 2012 8:30 am|
Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a journalist whose reporting focused on issues of terrorism, has been in a Yemeni jail since 2010.
Shaye was picked up, detained and convicted on “terrorism-related” charges by a client regime of the United States because he was interviewing people the now-assassinated US-born Yemen cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and members of al Qaeda. He has been designated a terrorist and remains jailed because the US maintains he is working with al Qaeda. On top of that, as Scahill has pointed out, not a single media organization, like ABC or the Washington Post, which benefited from his reporting have spoken up in opposition to what the Obama administration has done.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 3, 2012 6:45 am|
Over the weekend, I attended a summit on drones co-organized by CODEPINK, CCR, and Reprieve. I had the opportunity to speak and hear from people from countries where the US has carried out drone attacks. I also spoke with journalists who have covered and spoken to people who are victims of the US covert drone war.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 30, 2012 12:00 pm|
Over the weekend, I attended an international drone summit in Washington, DC, co-organized by CODEPINK, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Reprieve. Dr. Amna Buttar, a member of the Punjab Provincial Assembly in Pakistan, spoke at the summit. She shared with me in an interview just how powerless Pakistan is in the face of America’s covert drone program saying. “There’s no way,” the program will stop without pressure from Americans, she said, as she asked Americans to bring pressure on the Obama Administration to end the killing.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday April 29, 2012 8:35 am|
Activists, lawyers, human rights advocates, civil liberties defenders and others came together for a major international summit on drone warfare and the issues created by drone use yesterday. The summit was co-organized by CODEPINK, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Reprieve. An exceptional lineup of speakers addressed participants detailing salient and significant aspects around the Obama administration’s expansion of the covert drone wars in countries like Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.
The day wrapped up with a speech from Jeremy Scahill of The Nation, who has been one of the few journalists to actually travel to these countries where the covert drone war is playing out.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday April 28, 2012 6:45 am|
I am at the Drone Summit.
A well-known peace group, CODEPINK, the legal advocacy organizations, Reprieve and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and others are gathering now in Washington, DC, for the first international summit on drones. The summit brings together lawyers, journalists, activists, human rights advocates and robotics technology experts, who will all be speaking about several issues that stem from the development, evolution and proliferation of drone technology.