Kareem relayed this message: “When I was picked up I thought I would never see my family again, that I would never be free again because of all the stories I have heard about disappeared people. Now that I have been released and have seen the news, the efforts of activists, I know it is because of them that I am free, and I would like to thank them.”
Hancock 17 Drone War Crimes Resisters Released from Jail February 14 They say that any penalty the court imposes is trivial compared to the death sentences imposed on drone victims
In a week in which the National Security Administration’s role in the assassinations of drone victims was revealed, Pakistani anti-drone activist Kareem Khan was freed after being abducted from his home, and President Obama is considering a drone strike on yet another U.S. citizen, the twelve sentenced members of the Hancock 17 Drone War Crime Resisters were released from the “Justice” Center Jail in Syracuse, NY on Friday, February 14.
You can add your voice to the call to free Kareem Khan by signing this petition, which will be hand-delivered to Pakistani and US government officials. Take further action by calling the Pakistani embassy in Washington, DC at (202) 243-6500 and the Pakistan desk at the State Department at (202) 647-9823.
The 4 were sentenced to 10 hours of Community Service and a $10 fee Judge Claire warns of harsher consequences next time due to “ban & bar” orders served to them at the time of arrest.
The defendants were prepared for whatever sentence the judge imposed. In the words of Ed Kinane, “Any penalty this court can impose on me is trivial compared to the death sentences imposed on the drone victims.”
The F-16 jets of the Iowa Air National Guard that formerly buzzed the city of Des Moines have disappeared and we are told that their base at the Des Moines International Airport is in the process of refitting into a command center for unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs, commonly called drones. The MQ-9 Reaper drones themselves will not be coming to Iowa but will be based in and launched overseas. When airborne, these unmanned planes will be flown by remote control via satellite link from Des Moines. Classified by the military as a “Hunter-Killer platform,” the MQ-9 Reaper is armed with Hellfire missiles and 500 pound bombs that according to plan will be launched by airmen sitting at computer terminals in Des Moines.
by Eva Jasiewicz
Mention Afghanistan and most people think of the Taliban, Osama Bin Laden, caves, drones, dust, and burkas. It’s a country few of us have a relationship with, even though our government has been at war with it three times, right now being the third and longest modern-day occupation for Britain to date.
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?