I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now prefer gray skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are gray.This week, drone victims from Waziristan spoke about their experiences with drone attacks in a United States lawmaker session. However, only five lawmakers attended. Another person affected by drone usage said, "We hear the noise 24 hours a day."
His right leg was severed. I watched him bleed out from his femoral artery. It was shocking. It’s pixelated, and it doesn’t really look real. But it was real.You’re still in the war zone and regardless of whether you’re physically there or not. America wants an antiseptic war… The reality is that nothing is clean. There’s a level of intimacy that goes with every action in war. It’s completely psychological. You hear the hum of a computer. You don’t feel the missile coming off the rail; you watch it. All the drone operators, they get a bad rap. It’s not a video game… It is real life, and these people need just as much help.Ex-drone operator Brandon Bryant shares with CNN his experience of being ordered to conduct a drone attack for the U.S.
I’d like to break Strom’s record, but I have discovered there are limits to filibustering, and I have to go take care of one of those
Senator Rand Paul who officially yielded the floor at 12:39 AM est (via antigovernmentextremist)
Rand Paul filibustered for 12 hours and 52 minutes. During a snowstorm in D.C. With President Obama’s usage of drones as the main topic, and the nomination of would-be CIA head John Brennan hanging in the balance. It was the first “real” filibuster—dude-talking-for-hours-style—since Bernie Sanders did it in 2010. More details here.
Every one of these is reviewed, and rest assured, the public reports about civilian casualties are not just a little bit wrong, they are wildly wrong.Republican Rep. Mike Rogers • During a discussion of the House Intelligence Committee’s review process, for U.S. drone strikes in foreign countries, with Ohio’s Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich on the House floor Monday. The current chairman of the House Intelligence Committee also said he believes ”that people use those reports for their own political purposes outside of the country to try to put pressure on the United States.” source
Do these guys have ties to the European terror threats? That’s our question. Generally, when the U.S. has drones go on the attack in Afghanistan or Pakistan, it takes a couple days to figure out exactly who got hit. This time, however, they knew very quickly. The drones nailed a group that included at least four people with German citizenship and reported extremist ties. Americans are keeping tight-lipped about any further details in the case, but the timing obviously leads to a lot of big questions. source