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ACLU files lawsuit against U.S. Use of Drones, and What Countries have Armed Drones?

July 22, 2013

This blog has been posting information on the U.S. use of Drones for many years. See past articles under “Drones”.

Grim-Reaper with 4 Hellfire Missiles, 2 sidewinder air to air missiles, and 2 GBU 12 Paveway Laser guided bombs

Grim-Reaper with 4 Hellfire Missiles, 2 sidewinder air to air missiles, and 2 GBU 12 Paveway Laser guided bombs

From The Guardian:

The director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s national security project talks about why the Obama administration’s drone assassinations are not just illegal in many cases, but are becoming increasingly risky for the US itself. She states that what the U.S. has been using as the grounds for its use of Drone attacks on persons on the “Kill List” will be used by other countries as the basis for them using Drones for their “Kill Lists”. If the U.S. believes it has the right, so will other countries. Then What? READ AND VIEW THE VIDEO HERE.

And from “The International Business Times, here’s an interactive list of countries with Drones, and also a list of which of those countries have “Armed Drones” READ AND VIEW THE COUNTRIES HERE.

We have let the cat out of the bag. What will the future look like? And sucking up all human correspondence in all countries, the U.S. is turning into a “watch all citizens and track them” state. Change we can believe in, yes Mr. President?

Julian Assange interviewed by David Frost; 131 Vets Arrested: Veterans for Peace White House Civil Disobedience to End War; Ellsberg on WikiLeaks

December 21, 2010

Julian Assange interviewed by David Frost, a David Paradine Production for Al Jazeera

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Veterans for Peace White House Civil Disobedience to End War. 131 Veterans arrested in front of the White House Dec. 16, 2010 Join them, Click Here…

Hear Daniel Ellsberg’s analysis of WikiLeaks information, and his statement on the Obama Administration’s tranparency.

Part Two: Ellsberg on WikiLeaks

LeT as dangerous as Taliban, al-Qaida: US; U.S. struggles to counter Taliban propaganda; US drone strikes kill 15 in North Waziristan; Peter Bergen, Katherine Tiedmann’s Year of the Drone Interactive Map, must see

October 3, 2010

Lashkar-e-Taiba

On March 27, we predicted that since the U.S. CIA director said that there were “…less than 100 al-Qaida in Afghanistan..”, that the LeT would be the new “terrorist targets”, click here to see that Post. The following story comes from The Times of India, click here for the full story. This is another reason to never stop military action in Central Asia. Where to next?

    NEW DELHI: The US on Thursday said Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit was as dangerous as Taliban and al-Qaida with which it was working in close coordination and that Pakistan has been asked to deny it a foothold in that country.

U.S. struggles to counter Taliban propaganda, from the New York Times, read the whole story, click here. Ed. Note: The Pentagon has spent over $500 Million on “Public Relations” to show the “good results of the military efforts” and the Taliban are winning this PR war also? What gives? Get out now…

    KABUL – The Taliban in recent months has developed increasingly sophisticated and nimble propaganda tactics that have alarmed U.S. officials struggling to curb the militant group’s growing influence across Afghanistan.

US drone strikes kill 15 in North Waziristan, from Dawn.com, click here for full story.

    MIRANSHAH: Two US drone strikes killed 15 militants Saturday in a lawless tribal belt in Pakistan, where a land route for Nato supplies was blocked for a third consecutive day, officials said.

    Officials in Washington say its drone strikes in the region have killed several high-value targets, including Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, and help protect troops in Afghanistan from attacks plotted across the border.

    …However, drone attacks are a sensitive issue in Pakistan as the attacks also fuel anti-American sentiment in the conservative Muslim country.

    …Pakistani officials have reported that at least 21 US drone strikes in September have killed around 120 people, the highest monthly toll for the attacks.

See Peter Bergen, Katherine Tiedmann’s work at counterterrorism/New American, click here and see the map from Year of the Drone, click here.

    Our study shows that the 172 reported drone strikes in northwest Pakistan, including 76 in 2010, from 2004 to the present have killed approximately between 1,153 and 1,772 individuals, of whom around 842 to 1,238 were described as militants in reliable press accounts. Thus, the true non-militant fatality rate since 2004 according to our analysis is approximately 30 percent

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The wars go on, as we take a Vacation

August 28, 2010

Dear Readers: We’re off on Vacation, returning in early September. Is there a war or wars going on? Do you feel it in any way? Besides the job losses and the state budgets all underwater?

In the meantime, the People of Pakistan have been hit with the worse flooding ever. Can you imagine what it is like to have whole villages washed away, all livestock gone, all crops gone? Many will die due to the lack of food and drinking water. And from diseases carried by the contaminated flood waters. Send a few bucks to the Red Cross or Red Crescent if you can.

Where are they going? Imagine if this were you and your family

And the United States still uses Assassination Drones to hit targets in Pakistan. Today. Read it here.

We’re off to visit relatives and relax. We wish the People of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan (Somalia, Yemen, and many other places) could go on a vacation and not have war around them. It is time to End the Wars. We are accomplishing nothing except making more “terrorists”.

$58 Billion more for War, no money for our States; U.S. Lasers shoot down Drones, Missiles, airplanes; “4 More Years, 4 More Years”

July 29, 2010

After 9 years, and a “New” President, 58 Billion more US dollars are approved by Congress to continue the “wars”. See who voted “NO” and if they are your Member of Congress, Click Here. Please call and thank them. The killings must stop now. Every U.S. State is cutting back on Teachers, Firefighters, Police, Public Works projects, but the Federal Government can overlook this and send the money to the 175th poorest state out of 180, under the goal of eliminating the Taliban? The U.S. Voter is a Sucker. Including ME.

Described as a Boeing Laser shooting down an airplane drone, unconfirmed

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The Assassination Drones and missiles can now be Lasered out of the sky by the U.S. It won’t be long before this technology reaches our adversaries. See who’s building Asassination Drones, Click Here at AirDroid News.

Raytheon Employee Mike Boone’s quotes from their press release:

    “We’ve teamed with the Navy to bring the solid state lasers to the warfighter. We’ve linked a solid state laser to an actual U.S. Navy program of record, and that is Laser Phalanx.”

    “Directed energy essentially gives warfighters an unlimited magazine. As long as they have electricity they have photons, and as long as they have photons they have bullets.”

    “We actually shot down four of four operational UAVs. They were all destroyed and crashed into the sea.” – Mike Booen, Raytheon’s vice president of Advanced Security and Directed Energy Systems

FOUR More Years, Four More Years, where have we heard that before? We’ll be out of Afghanistan in Four More Years, do you believe that?

Read the story from the Times of India here: Afghan goal for 2014 security handover ‘reasonable’: US

It took two years to determine the SIZE of the Peace Conference Table in France to End the Viet Nam War. Since the beginning of the invasion of Afghanistan, there have been many LIES told to us about what is happening there and in Iraq. Why should this be believed now? An Election Year? Enough suffering, bring our Troops Home NOW…

Lahore court rules against drone strikes; Assassination Drones are spreading throughout the world, coming to a city near you soon. End the Wars NOW.

July 1, 2010

Lahore court rules against drone strikes

LAHORE, Pakistan, June 30 (UPI) — Federal authorities should take measures to stop drone attacks in Pakistan if they are carried out without formal approval, a Lahore court said Wednesday.

A Lahore court Wednesday called on the government to take appropriate measures to halt strikes by unmanned drones in Pakistan if they aren’t approved by Islamabad, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reports. The court was responding to a petition that said drone strikes were a violation of national sovereignty.

Over 40 Nations have Assassination Drones or are working on developing their own Assassination Drones.

The United States has been leading the way in killing targeted “terrorists” through the use of Assassination Drones. Friends, the Genie is out of the lamp. View the video below. Who is the leading nation selling Assassination Drones world-wide? The State of Israel. Read this article in dawn.com, entitled “Spy in the sky rakes in millions for Israel”, click here.

For more information after viewing the video, visit their website, click here.

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Read the United National Antiwar Conference Action Proposal Submitted by Conference Co-Sponsors, click here. Stop the Madness, it is up to YOU:

ACTION: Call: 1-888-543-5234 (toll-free number established by FCNL) connects you with the Capitol Switchboard. Tell your Representatives, No More War Funding. End the Wars NOW.

Drones over Manhattan, London, Your City Next, Why?; How about 12 Drones over the Oil Rupture in the Gulf of Mexico, let’s see what is going on in real time; Say “NO” to $33 Billion More, End the Wars Now

June 17, 2010

FAA Pressured to Open US Skies to Drones June 14, 2010 Associated Press Read it all at Miltary.com.

Drones over Manhattan, Coming Soon

Drones over London, England, Coming Soon

    WASHINGTON — Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure’s on to allow them in the skies over the United States.

    The Federal Aviation Administration has been asked to issue flying rights for a range of pilotless planes to carry out civilian and law-enforcement functions but has been hesitant to act. Officials are worried that they might plow into airliners, cargo planes and corporate jets that zoom around at high altitudes, or helicopters and hot air balloons that fly as low as a few hundred feet off the ground.

    On top of that, these pilotless aircraft come in a variety of sizes. Some are as big as a small airliner, others the size of a backpack. The tiniest are small enough to fly through a house window.

Put 12 Drones over the Gulf of Mexico oil Rupture NOW. Let’s see the whales, dolphins, and other large fish swimming through the oil slicks. Show us, use the technology in a Positive Manner instead of using them as Assassination Drones.

Defense secretary Robert Gates Comments: “The Pentagon has requested an additional $33 billion to support the added financial costs of President Barack Obama’s new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, now the longest conflict in U.S. history. Gates told senators that if there is no passage of the funding by the July 4 congressional recess, “We will have to begin planning to curtail defense operations.” THAT’S RIGHT, NO MORE WAR FUNDING, TAKE ACTION:

ACTION: Call: 1-888-543-5234 (toll-free number established by FCNL) connects you with the Capitol Switchboard. Tell your Representatives, No More War Funding. End the Wars NOW.

Assassination Drones and the “Wired for War” future is here; Sherwood Ross and Bill Roggio Assassination Drone Stories also

June 12, 2010

At the beginning of the Iraq war, the U.S. had a handful of Assassination Drones at its disposal for the beginning of the “Unmanned” ariel assassination weapon, now the U.S. has over 7,000 Assassination Drones and over 40 countries are manufacturing their own or are working on doing so. The “FACE” of war is changing. Ed. Note:See our story “UN expert criticizes “illegal” targeted killing policies and calls on the US to halt CIA drone killings” click here. To see the full 29 page report, “Study on targeted killings”**Read full Report, click here.

Grim-Reaper with 4 Hellfire Missiles, 2 sidewinder air to air missiles, and 2 GBU 12 Paveway Laser guided bombs

Brookings scholar and, author of “Wired for War”, PW Singer interviewed by Ibrahim Sajid Malick is a Pakistani-American writer, technologist, and social entrepreneur on January 22, 2010. Read Mr. Malick’s latest story from Dawn.com entitled “Civilian Murders: Those condoning illegal Drone Bombings are complicit in War Crimes”, click here

“USA: Acronym for United States of Assassinations?” written by Sherwood Ross, read it here. Sherwood reports “…So far,” says international legal authority Francis Boyle of the University of Illinois at Champaign, “all CIA drone attacks have been murders, assassinations, and extrajudicial executions – a grave violation of international human rights law, the laws of the countries where the attacks took place, and of US domestic law.” Boyle added, “All CIA drone strikes in Pakistan are criminal and a grave violation of international human rights law.”

US kills 14 in 2 strikes in North Waziristan by Bill Roggio at The Long War Journal :Background on US strikes in Pakistan

    The latest two strikes are the second and third reported inside Pakistan this month. All three strikes have taken place over the past 24 hours. Yesterday, the US hit a Taliban compound in the town of Norak in North Waziristan, killing three terrorists.

    So far this year, the US has carried out 41 strikes in Pakistan; all but two of them have taken place in North Waziristan. The US is well on its way to exceeding last year’s strike total in Pakistan. In 2009, the US carried out 53 strikes in Pakistan; and in 2008, the US carried out 36 strikes in the country. [For up-to-date charts on the US air campaign in Pakistan, see LWJ Special Report, "Charting the data for US airstrikes in Pakistan, 2004 - 2010."]

ACTION: Call: 1-888-543-5234 (toll-free number established by FCNL) connects you with the Capitol Switchboard. Tell your Representatives, No More War Funding. End the Wars NOW.

Editor’s Note: We at Out of Central Asia Now have been calling the U.S. use of Assasination Drones illegal for some time. We have many Assassination Drone posts at this site. Over 40 Nations have Drones now and when one of them uses the Assassination Drone and claims that the U.S. used the Assassination Drones just like we are using them “…In self-defense”, what action will the United Nations be able to take? The Genie (Assassination Drones) is out of the Lamp. Who started this? The United States of America. End the Wars NOW.

Kucinich Calls for the End of America’s Longest War; Rethink Afghanistan and Daniel Ellsberg say End the War by Dec. 2011, see video

June 8, 2010

Congress Member Dennis Kucinich says: Today, the War in Afghanistan is officially the longest war Americans have ever been asked to endure. In observance, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the following statement:

    “The War in Afghanistan has now surpassed the number of years we spent in Vietnam, making it the longest war in U.S. history. This grim landmark must serve as an awakening for the human and financial costs of the war. Our continued presence in Afghanistan foments resentment toward us, undermines the human rights of the Afghan people, and places our troops in harm’s way. Prior to the Memorial Day break, the House passed a bill authorizing $159.3 billion for the continuation of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the so-called “war on terror” with little-to-no discussion of the cost our constituents must bear to keep the wars going. The war is creating a new generation of Americans who will experience the trauma of war, like Vietnam veterans before them. Billions of dollars go toward our supposed nation-building in Afghanistan. Yet millions of Americans struggle as funds for essential social services get cut.

    “The greatest casualties of this long war are the children of the world for whom war becomes as ordinary as the sunrise. Children, who go to bed hungry each night, who are denied the fullness of health, who are ill-housed, ill-clothed, who do not have a chance for a decent education, whose opportunities in life are limited because the resources of nations are squandered in unnecessary wars based on lies. What a terrible legacy this generation of leaders will leave for the children of the world unless we finally come to an understanding of the utter futility f war, unless we challenge the underlying thinking that leads to war, unless we firmly explore the science of human relations which leads away from war and towards understanding and human unity. This is the surge the world is waiting for.

    “In the coming weeks, Congress is expected to be asked to give another $33 billion for war efforts. Congress must stop funding this misguided war. We need to bring the troops home now.” said Kucinich. Visit Congress Member Kucinich’s website, click here.

Thank you all the hard-working staff at Brave New Foundation and Rethink Afghanistan. Please view this video and contact your Congress Member and ask them to End the Funding NOW.

YOUR ACTION NOW: Email: Urge your Members of Congress to support the Feingold-McGovern-Jones Bill, click here.

Call: 1-888-543-5234 (toll-free number established by FCNL) connects you with the Capitol Switchboard.

UN expert criticizes “illegal” targeted killing policies and calls on the US to halt CIA drone killings

June 3, 2010

Professor Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions UN Human Rights Council


News Release (Read more here)
2 June 2010
UN expert criticizes “illegal” targeted killing policies and calls on the US to halt CIA drone killings

GENEVA – “Targeted killings pose a rapidly growing challenge to the international rule of law, as they are increasingly used in circumstances which violate the relevant rules of international law,” warned on Wednesday Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, launching his report* to the Human Rights Council on legal issues raised by targeted killing.

“The result is that the rules being set today are going to govern the conduct of many States tomorrow,” Mr. Alston said. “The international community needs to be more forceful in demanding accountability.”
“The most prolific user of targeted killings today is the United States, which primarily uses drones for attacks,” said the independent expert noting that “some 40 states already possess drone technology, and some already have, or are seeking, the capacity to fire missiles from them.”

“I’m particularly concerned that the United States seems oblivious to this fact when it asserts an ever-expanding entitlement for itself to target individuals across the globe. But this strongly asserted but ill-defined license to kill without accountability is not an entitlement which the United States or other States can have without doing grave damage to the rules designed to protect the right to life and prevent extrajudicial executions.”

Legality and accountability

The report identifies two major problems: the excessively broad circumstances in which targeted killings are alleged to be legal, and the absence of essential accountability mechanisms in situations where they are used.

“In terms of the first problem, there are indeed circumstances in which targeted killings may be legal. Targeted killings are permitted in armed conflict situations when used against combatants or fighters, or civilians who directly engage in combat-like activities,” Mr. Alston noted, “but they are increasingly being used far from any battle zone.”

According to the UN Special Rapporteur, the United States, in particular, has put forward a novel theory that there is a ‘law of 9/11’ that enables it to legally use force in the territory of other States as part of its inherent right to self-defence on the basis that it is in an armed conflict with al-Qaeda, the Taliban and ‘associated forces’, although the latter group is fluid and undefined.

“This expansive and open-ended interpretation of the right to self-defence goes a long way towards destroying the prohibition on the use of armed force contained in the UN Charter. If invoked by other States, in pursuit of those they deem to be terrorists and to have attacked them, it would cause chaos,” he said.

Mr. Alston emphasised that “I do not for a moment question the seriousness of the challenges posed by terrorism. I condemn wholeheartedly the actions of al-Qaeda and all other groups that kill innocent civilians, as well as any groups that increase the danger of attacks on civilians by hiding in their midst. These actions unequivocally violate international law. But the fact that such enemies do not play by the rules does not mean that a Government can cast those rules aside or unilaterally re-interpret them. The credibility of any Government’s claim that it is fighting to uphold the rule of law depends on its willingness to disclose how it interprets and applies the law – and the actions it takes when the law is broken.”

In terms of the second problem – accountability – Mr. Alston observed that “it is an essential requirement of international law that States using targeted killings demonstrate that they are complying with the various rules governing their use in situations of armed conflict.”

The clearest challenge to this principal today, according to the independent expert, comes from the program operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency in which targeted killings are carried out from unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. “It is clear that many hundreds of people have been killed, and that this number includes some innocent civilians. Because the program remains shrouded in official secrecy, the international community does not know when and where the CIA is authorized to kill, the criteria for individuals who may be killed, how it ensures killings are legal, and what follow-up there is when civilians are illegally killed.”

The UN Special Rapporteur stressed that “in a situation in which there is no disclosure of who has been killed, for what reason, and whether innocent civilians have died, the legal principle of international accountability is, by definition, comprehensively violated.”

Mr. Alston noted that “the easiest contrast to draw is with the well-established practice of the US Department of Defense. While it is by no means perfect, the US military has a relatively public accountability process, as demonstrated earlier this week by its report on the incident in Uruzgan, Afghanistan, in which at least 23 civilians were killed based on erroneous intelligence from surveillance drone operators. Intelligence agencies, which by definition are determined to remain unaccountable except to their own paymasters, have no place in running programs that kill people in other countries.”

Among the issues addressed in Mr. Alston’s report (A/HRC/14/24/Add.6) are: the legality of targeted killings under the laws of war, international human rights law, and the law applicable when States invoke their right to self-defence; the definition and scope of armed conflicts in which the laws of war apply; the definition of who may be targeted and killed, when, and by whom, in the context of armed conflict; the rules governing the amount of force that may be used; the legality of drone killings in particular, and the international law requirements of transparency and accountability.

(*) Check Mr. Alston’s full report to the UN Human Rights Council on legal issues raised by targeted killing: Study on targeted killings**Read full Report, click here.

ENDS
Philip Alston is John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law and co-Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law. He was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions in 2004 and reports to the United Nations Human Rights Council and the General Assembly. He has had extensive experience in the human rights field, including eight years as Chairperson of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, principal legal adviser to UNICEF in the drafting of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and Special Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

More information about the mandate of the Special Rapporteur is at http://www.extrajudicialexecutions.org For further information or press inquiries, please contact Philip Alston through Ms. Hina Shamsi at hina.shamsi@nyu.edu, or tel: +1 212 992 8860.
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We at Out of Central Asia Now have been calling the U.S. use of Assasination Drones illegal for some time. We have many Assassination Drone posts at this site. Over 40 Nations have Drones now and when one of them uses the Assassination Drone and claims that the U.S. used the Assassination Drones just like we are using them “…In self-defense”, what action will the United Nations be able to take? The Genie (Assassination Drones) is out of the Lamp. Who started this? The United States of America. End the Wars NOW.


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