anti-nucleaRist bloG #155/ 16 April 2013
Secret wArs via dRones, Gitmo & misperceptions
As we-Peeps: u.s.a. find ourselves facing the new-Improved coversion of ‘evil-Empire to super: new-Rome, the civilians’ death tolls move upward w each ‘illegal-Invasion”. Ohh, how wonderful death-Squads in Iraq-War: phase-3 was? Yes, no! Ohh-bom-bah-bin-dingy and misogyny is as farcical as one wants for an afro-Amer who was #0 of the best 100 of afro-Amers, who could have made civilization a non-Military takeover of Africa, middle-East, intel-Gence the whole world, arrest any and all ‘whistleblowers? Ohh spasms on your butt-hold! Who is speaking-out and who is protesting the past 32 years of US Militarism?
“Run by the military, the Central Intelligence Agency, and their proxies, these bases — some little more than desolate airstrips, others sophisticated command and control centers filled with computer screens and high-tech electronic equipment — are the backbone of a new American robotic way of war. They are also the latest development in a long-evolving saga of American power projection abroad — in this case, remote-controlled strikes anywhere on the planet with a minimal foreign “footprint” and little accountability.
Using military documents, press accounts, and other open source information, an in-depth analysis by TomDispatch has identified at least 60 bases integral to U.S. military and CIA drone operations. There may, however, be more, since a cloak of secrecy about drone warfare leaves the full size and scope of these bases distinctly in the shadows.
A Galaxy of Bases
Over the last decade, the American use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) has expanded exponentially, as has media coverage of their use. On September 21st, the Wall Street Journal reported that the military has deployed missile-armed MQ-9 Reaper drones on the “island nation of Seychelles to intensify attacks on al Qaeda affiliates, particularly in Somalia.” A day earlier, a Washington Post piece also mentioned the same base on the tiny Indian Ocean archipelago, as well as one in the African nation of Djibouti, another under construction in Ethiopia, and a secret CIA airstrip being built for drones in an unnamed Middle Eastern country. (Some suspect it’s Saudi Arabia.)
Post journalists Greg Miller and Craig Whitlock reported that the “Obama administration is assembling a constellation of secret drone bases for counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of a newly aggressive campaign to attack al-Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen.” Within days, the Post also reported that a drone from the new CIA base in that unidentified Middle Eastern country had carried out the assassination of radical al-Qaeda preacher and American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen.
With the killing of al-Awlaki, the Obama Administration has expanded its armed drone campaign to no fewer than six countries, though the CIA, which killed al-Awlaki, refuses to officially acknowledge its drone assassination program. The Air Force is less coy about its drone operations, yet there are many aspects of those, too, that remain in the shadows. Air Force spokesman Lieutenant Colonel John Haynes recently told TomDispatch that, “for operational security reasons, we do not discuss worldwide operating locations of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, to include numbers of locations around the world.”
Still, those 60 military and CIA bases worldwide, directly connected to the drone program, tell us much about America’s war-making future. From command and control and piloting to maintenance and arming, these facilities perform key functions that allow drone campaigns to continue expanding, as they have for more than a decade. Other bases are already under construction or in the planning stages. ”
America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases” Covert Drone War
By Nick Turse
Many a drone-Military: now. The staid implementation of peace w.o. prophecy is yet wars ad Infinitum. While we know a drone slammed into the out-building and fire engine-Truck: outside the pentagon-Building Sept 11th 2001 “who would have imagined” that bombs would be as sophisticated as sophistry commandeers? Yes, the US Military may be above all ranks of others militaries, but not we free-thinkors, who have seen the diaspora of failing empire, since 1980! “R”
“McClatchy notes, “the Obama administration has targeted and killed hundreds of suspected lower-level Afghan, Pakistani and unidentified ‘other’ militants”. The success rate is very low. Of those killed by drone strikes in Pakistan, only 2% are high-level militants, while the rest are low-level fighters or civilians, according to the Stanford/NYU report.
While Obama lamented civilian deaths, he said such a price was necessary to pay to fight terrorism, arguing that the threat and damage from terrorism are far worse. One could easily dispute this by comparing the number of deaths from terrorist attacks with the number of deaths caused by U.S. militarism in the last decade. While terrorist attacks have killed thousands since 9/11, U.S. conventional and covert wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and elsewhere killed nearly to over a million. Moreover, add the deaths caused by U.S. military interventions in previous generations— from the wars against the native Americans up to today — and the number is far higher. In addition, more people die by gun violence (either homicide or suicide) than from terrorist attacks. This is not to minimize the tragedy and suffering terrorism inflicts. Terrorism causes serious damage but U.S. militarism has far more blood on its hands.
Moreover, terrorism is a brutal reaction to violent oppression, such as invasions, occupations, bombings, and military intervention. When populations are bombed, occupied, or killed, it is common and not unsurprising that they would violently lash out at their attackers in response. So terrorism is also a wayward child of militarism.
Obama did not signal he would end the use of signature strikes, where the government kills people based on patterns of behavior without knowing who they are. This, along with expanding the definition of “militant” to include possible civilians, is a significant factor in drone strikes killing civilians. His administration’s new policy guidelines could decrease the use of signature strikes but whether the practice will end is entirely ambiguous ”
“Obama’s speech on drones and Gitmo is a repackaging of permanent war”
Free Your Mind website https://adamhudson.org/2013/05/26/obamas-speech-on-drones-and-gitmo-is-a-repackaging-of-permanent-war/
Leaving impounded by decree that anybody turned-in the arrestee will and does
receive a stipend apprises a usury as well as continuation of torture-Renditioning by cIAS at secretized world-Bases for their 35-billion-Dollars annual budget. The new-Rome aspires to show again and again, that usury pays the dividends of egregiousness found in both houses of El Congress. What I ask is how safe is the joe-Citizen to travel to the other continents, now that the new-Rome has circumvented travel by any but semi-Officious means, as ‘geo-Politics’ takes hold for more plutocracy by US Military-Hegemony? And, what is the price of maintaining a discourse on ‘dRones’ while no arrestees in Sept 11th 2001, in BAILOUT have been jailed and/or brought forth. Where, then is the justice in violence continuing is Democracy enterprise, but that is too good for Oligarchs such as war-Laureate Ohh-bom-bah-bin-dingy. “R”
“At one point, Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin heckled the president after he started speaking about Guantanamo. “I’m willing to cut that young lady interrupting me some slack, because it’s worth being passionate about,” he said. For several minutes, Benjamin intermittently questioned the president before being escorted from the event.
One Guantanamo critic said the measure didn’t go far enough. “It’s great rhetoric, but the devil is in the details,” said Col. Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo who is running a petition to close the facility, to HuffPost. “It was disappointing to hear him say he was just going to pick up the second-rate military commissions process.”
Obama’s counterterrorism policy, while not seriously challenged in the 2012 election by Republican nominee Mitt Romney, has come under criticism from Congress. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) launched a 13-hour filibuster decrying the president’s approach to civil liberties. A hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay has grown to over 100 prisoners. Thirty of them are being force fed, which the United Nations considers torture.
Obama addressed the force-feeding Thursday. “Is that who we are? Is that something that our Founders foresaw? Is that the America we want to leave to our children?” he asked.
Nearly 12 years after the 9/11 attacks, invasion of Afghanistan and subsequent war on terror, Obama said at some point, it would end. “Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands,” he said.
The day before Obama’s speech, the United States formally acknowledged it had killed four U.S. citizens in drone strikes. But just one of the U.S. citizens killed by their own country was specifically targeted, Attorney General Eric Holder wrote in a letter to Congress. The administration, Holder wrote, has “specifically targeted and killed one U.S. citizen, Anwar al-Aulaqi” and killed three other U.S. citizens — Samir Khan, Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Aulaqi and Jude Kenan Mohammed — who “were not specifically targeted by the United States.”
One of those citizens, Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Aulaqi, the son of Anwar, was just 16.
Holder’s disclosure could have implications for the law underpinning the drone campaign, the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists, which Congress passed shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Defense Department officials argued during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last week that the 2001 law might be necessary for another 10 to 20 years and could be used to send troops anywhere from Syria to Boston.
Some senators seemed upset by the Obama administration’s interpretation of the war powers law. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), for one, called it “astoundingly disturbing” and said the Defense Department officials “have essentially rewritten the Constitution.”
Obama Drones, Guantanamo Policy Laid Out In Major National Security Speech
(VIDEO)” 05/23/2013 02:25 pm ET | Updated May 24, 2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/23/obama-drones_n_3327094.html
a voice from the VOId, the peace-Warrior, “R” Addison
–note: anti-NucleaRist bloG-scAPe #195
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