Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is in the US this week, meeting with officials in hopes of getting more US assistance, including lots of weapons he says he needs to fight terrorism, or Syria, or whatever (whatever=killing more Sunnis.) You can expect lots of dumb, uninformed comment about this visit.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday October 31, 2013 1:05 pm|
|By: Attaturk Wednesday October 30, 2013 1:30 am|
n inspiring tale of courage from our Congress…but then again, they are no different than our media or the rest of the nation. As those who read here and a few other select places know, the victims of drone attacks in Pakistan appeared before a Congressional Committee yesterday.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 29, 2013 4:40 pm|
Members of a family in Pakistan, who became victims of the United States drone program in October of last year when their grandmother was killed and children were wounded, traveled to the US to inform Americans of what the US government is doing to Pakistanis and how it directly impacts them.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 28, 2013 8:55 am|
To educate Americans on the effect that drone strikes have had on his country, Rafiq ur Rehman and his thirteen year-old son, Zubair, traveled to the US. They will be participating in a congressional briefing called by Rep. Alan Grayson. They also appear in a new documentary from Brave New Films called Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 22, 2013 12:24 pm|
Both Amnesty International and Human Right Watch (HRW) released reports on drone strikes launched by the United States, which included firsthand accounts of what happened from people who witnessed family, friends or others being killed or wounded. In some of the cases, individuals allegedly known to be members of al Qaeda, Taliban or other armed groups were killed, but, in various other instances, victims killed had no connection to any alleged terrorists. A number of people even died trying to rescue the wounded and clean up the devastation after the “target” was hit.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 22, 2013 11:36 am|
Human rights organization, Amnesty International, has released a report that presents two case studies on victims of United States drone strikes in Pakistan and also details the practice of signature strikes, which has led to rescuers being killed in follow-up attacks while they are trying to help wounded individuals.
|By: David Swanson Friday October 18, 2013 5:48 pm|
Malala recounted: “I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education, it will make a big impact.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 18, 2013 1:15 pm|
This morning I appeared on Huffington Post Live to discuss the Washington Post’s story based on documents from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden revealing the role of the NSA in CIA drone strikes and how Al Qaeda member Hassan Ghul was killed in a drone strike in October 2012.
I wrote about this article yesterday in a post titled, “The Troubling State-Identified Reaction to The Washington Post’s Story on NSA’s Role in Drone Strikes.” I talked about some of it during the segment.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 17, 2013 9:22 am|
The Washington Post has published a story relying upon more documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, which provide a glimpse at how the NSA coordinates with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to assassinate “targets.” It featured the first concrete evidence to date that Hassan Ghul, a courier for Osama bin Laden who provided intelligence that helped the CIA locate bin Laden, was killed in a drone strike. Yet, some of the main reactions to the story are troubling because it appears there’s resentment that journalists involved in this story decided to engage in an act of journalism.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 11, 2013 11:40 am|
“Why do we call this conference the Drone & Aerorobotics Conference? Because drone is a packed and loaded word and drone also has a specific meaning to people who are building and operating drones.”