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Drones in US: Should We Question Who Really Benefits?

Who is making those glowing estimates? What interest might they have in exaggerating them?

Who will get those jobs? How many will be high-tech jobs going to those already comfortably placed to take on new contracts?

Who gets to ride first class on the gravy train? Will that income go to local folks … or will the lion’s share go as profit to CEOs and investors?

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Drone Warfare Protest at CIA Follows Strike on Civilians in Yemen

Originally posted on DC Media Group

Following a deadly U.S. drone strike on civilians in Yemen, members of a dozen peace groups wearing blue scarves gathered at the entrance of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. With guards and barricades on one side and cars whizzing by on Rt. 123 on the other, they held a vigil in memory of civilians, especially children, killed by U.S. drone bombings in Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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CodePink and Other Peace Groups Strongly Condemn Killing of 15 Civilians from the US Drone Strike in Yemen Yesterday

Washington, DC–– CODEPINK and a coalition of peace groups and individuals from across the US unequivocally condemn the killing of 15 innocent civilians –– all part of a wedding convoy–– by a US drone in Yemen yesterday. The groups call on President Obama to apologize to the families and pledge to immediately put an end to these strikes that have led to the death of so many noncombatants. CODEPINK has long criticized the Obama administration’s drone policy as being contrary to international law, immoral, and ineffective in combating terrorism.

$40 Million Allocated for Drone Victims Never Reaches Them

By Medea Benjamin

Recent reports on US drone strikes by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the UN have heightened international awareness about civilian casualties and have resulted in new calls for redress. The Amnesty International drone report “Will I be next?” says the US government should ensure that victims of unlawful drone strikes, including family members, have effective access to remedies, including restitution, compensation and rehabilitation. The Human Rights Watch report “Between a Drone and Al-Qaeda” calls on the US government to “implement a system of prompt and meaningful compensation for civilian loss of life, injury, and property damage from unlawful attack.”

The European Drone War

By Chris Cole

While there is rightly much media attention on the US drone war in Pakistan and Yemen, there is a very different but over-looked “drone war” taking place in Europe right now. In parliamentary committee rooms, in company boardrooms, and in packed public meetings, arguments rage about whether Europe should embrace or reject the use of armed drones.

Transparently Brazen

By Buddy Bell April, 2013

This article originally appeared in the July issue of Centerings.

Governments have historically shown a pattern of trying to take actions to benefit the people with most influence at the expense of those who have less. They have been able to do this with varying degrees of effectiveness, but in all cases, somehow they must address the will of the public who are opposed to being used and cheated. This is accomplished using various means, often some combination of induced ignorance, propaganda, violence, and intimidation.

Historic Acquittal of Drone Protesters

by Mary Ann Grady Flores

In a historic decision five Catholic Worker activists were acquitted earlier this evening of disorderly conduct charges for blocking the main entrance to Hancock Air Base, home of the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard, Syracuse, New York.

Hancock is a Reaper drone hub whose technicians pilot weaponized drones over Afghanistan.

The five went “pro se,” defending themselves in the De Witt town court of Judge Robert Jokl.

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