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ISIS are barbaric savages but what should we call US mass murderers of civilians? - Stop the War Coalition

"In his book, Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death, Jim Frederick describes the 2006 extrajudicial execution of an Iraqi family of four—a father,mother and two daughters. According to Army Specialist Paul Cortez, his unit was on patrol south of Baghdad when Army Specialist James Barker suggested that they find an Iraqi woman to rape. “We’ve all killed Hadjis, but I’ve been here twice and I still never fucked one of these bitches,” Barker stated.

Having chosen their target, the soldiers entered the house and locked three members of the Janabis family in the bedroom with Private First Class Steven Green standing guard over them. Meanwhile, Cortez took the 14-year-old daughter Abeer into the living room and began raping her. According to Frederick’s account:In the bedroom, Green was losing control of his prisoners. The woman made a run for the door. Green shot her once in the back and she fell to the floor. The man became unhinged. Green turned his own AK on him and pulled the trigger. It jammed. Panicking, as the man advanced on him, Green switched to his shotgun. The first shot blasted the top of the man’s head off. Then Green turned to the little girl, who was running for a corner. This time the AK worked. He raised the rifle and shot Hadeel in the back of the head. She fell to the ground. …As Green was executing the family, Cortez finished raping Abeer and switched positions with Barker. Green came out of the bedroom and announced to Barker and Cortez, “They’re all dead. I killed them all.” Cortez held Abeer down and Green raped her. Then Cortez pushed a pillow over her face, still pinning her arms with his knees. Green grabbed the AK, pointed the gun at the pillow, and fired one shot, killing Abeer.”

You can’t just start the clock on 9/11 and forget 50 years of unjust oppressive Western foreign policies in the Middle East.

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Mehdi Hasan

Thank God someone finally said this. I’m so sick of stating that Western intervention and invasion of other countries fuels terrorism only for people to respond 'They did 9/11 first!'  In 1953 the UK & the US staged a coup of the democratically elected leader of Iran and installed a dictator who was more to their liking. Today the U.S. continues to support brutal dictators (such as in Saudi Arabia) where it suits them to do so. Palestine has been occupied for decades. The list of Western imperial foreign policies over the past decades could go on and on. 9/11 was not only only a result religious extremism and it certainly was NOT because 'they hate our freedoms.' Terrorism is often primarily politically motivated and anyone who is serious about preventing it had better take some fucking notice of this fact. (via insideonemind)

(via endtheterrorwar)

Mar 3
lillabet:

There was a drone strike in Yemen today.

lillabet:

There was a drone strike in Yemen today.

sustainableprosperity:

Is Obama Full Of It On Drone Strikes?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUf5i6pbyg8

sustainableprosperity:

Is Obama Full Of It On Drone Strikes?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUf5i6pbyg8

Feb 7

Why the War on Terror guarantees more terrorism and perpetual warfare

priceofliberty:

A report published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in 2010 found “strong evidence” for a “revenge effect” when examining the relationship between civilian casualties caused by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and radicalization after such incidents occur. Who’d have ever thought that killing innocent people pisses off their friends and families and makes them want to attack the perpetrators? Truly shocking. 
Americans might be able to relate. Just remember how so many of us felt on 9/11 as we watched our neighbors jumping from flaming skyscrapers on live television. Blinded by overwhelming agony and rage, we quickly united behind a government ready to exploit our quest for revenge and cheered on as the bombs dropped over Afghanistan, and later, Iraq. But these wars, instead of defeating terrorism, have instead had the opposite effect. We are not safer than we were prior to 9/11, but instead, more at risk.
Estimates for innocent civilian deaths from the Iraq war are as low as 100,000, according to Brown University, and as high as close to a million, according to a peer-reviewed study conducted by the medical journal Lancet. Figures also provided by Brown University put the death toll from the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan at 12-14,000 civilians. Taking these figures into consideration, along with the “revenge effect”, what can be suggested as far as the outlook for future terror attacks against Americans? 
Prior to 9/11, the anger against the United States came primarily from involvement with Saudi Arabia, support for Israel’s oppression of Palestine, and destructive economic sanctions against Iraq. But post-9/11, the U.S. has done infinitely worse. Not only does it continue to support the dictatorship in Saudi Arabia and Israeli oppression of Palestine, but now the U.S. also has upwards of 100,000 innocent human beings on its tab in Iraq and four times the body count of 9/11 in Afghanistan. And we haven’t even touched on the casualties from the U.S. drone wars in Pakistan, Yemen, and elsewhere, which have terrorized, maimed, and slaughtered without remorse. In fact, the torturous nightmare at Guantanamo Bay, where dozens of men have rotted away for years without trial or explanation, is no longer used by al-Qaeda operatives as a recruitment tactic to join in the fight against the United States. Instead, drones have taken the place of Guantanamo, and understandably so.

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descentintotyranny:

Drone Warfare Protest at CIA Follows Strike on Civilians in Yemen

Dec. 14 2013

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.

“The CIA touts that drones are accurate,” said Jack McHale of Pax Christi USA to about 30 protestors from groups including CODEPINK and Veterans for Peace. But, he said, according to the Navy’s own analysis, they’re no more accurate than traditional air power. “I think we saw that this week when a wedding party was targeted and 17 people were killed as a result of an armed drone in Yemen.”

The drone program is under the jurisdiction of the CIA, which has used its powers of covert secrecy to keep the program officially classified, and its missions a secret.

On December 12, a U.S. drone bombed a wedding convoy, killing 17 and injuring about 20 others. Yemeni security officials said that some of those targeted had suspected ties with Al Qaeda, but most of those killed and critically injured were civilians.

The demonstrators prayed, sang songs, and read the names of children who had been killed by drone attacks in the Middle East. While reading the names they placed small stones in a row at the entrance to the CIA facility. [VIDEO]

Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of peace group Voices for Creative Nonviolence, spoke of the destruction drone strikes cause to the people in villages and communities in the Middle East.

“There are about 600,000 children in Afghanistan who are homeless,” she said. “Every single day the war displaces 400 people. Where do the families go? They go to the most squalid refugee camps. Never before have I ever seen anything like a refugee camp in Afghanistan. Why can’t we reallocate our resources so that the $1.2 million spent on a drone that was shot down in Afghanistan can be spent on a shelter or an education that’s adequate for the children?”

The protestors wore blue scarves in tribute to the Afghan youth peace movement. The color, according to Kelly, is symbolic of the connection all humans share under one sky. It was the fourteenth vigil held by the peace groups at the CIA headquarters since they began the protests last year.

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fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Faced with Anti-Drone Blockade Disrupting NATO Supply Route, US Warns Pakistan Aid Could Be Cut Off
A Pakistani political party chaired by Imran Khan has vowed to continue a blockade established as part of a protest against CIA drone strikes, despite a warning from the United States that aid could be cut off if it is not halted.
Protests spearheaded by the political party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), have been blockading a NATO supply route to Afghanistan since November 23. They pushed the US to suspend military shipments on the route last week because the officials were afraid they endangered drivers.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the country’s new army chief, Gen. Tahaeel Sharif. The issue of drone protests was one of the subjects discussed.
According to the Associated Press, unnamed defense officials told the news organization that Hagel “warned Pakistani leaders today that if they don’t resolve protests stalling some military shipments across the border with Afghanistan, it could be difficult to maintain political support in Washington for an aid program that has sent billions of dollars to Islamabad.”

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Faced with Anti-Drone Blockade Disrupting NATO Supply Route, US Warns Pakistan Aid Could Be Cut Off

A Pakistani political party chaired by Imran Khan has vowed to continue a blockade established as part of a protest against CIA drone strikes, despite a warning from the United States that aid could be cut off if it is not halted.

Protests spearheaded by the political party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), have been blockading a NATO supply route to Afghanistan since November 23. They pushed the US to suspend military shipments on the route last week because the officials were afraid they endangered drivers.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the country’s new army chief, Gen. Tahaeel Sharif. The issue of drone protests was one of the subjects discussed.

According to the Associated Press, unnamed defense officials told the news organization that Hagel “warned Pakistani leaders today that if they don’t resolve protests stalling some military shipments across the border with Afghanistan, it could be difficult to maintain political support in Washington for an aid program that has sent billions of dollars to Islamabad.”

Dec 2

There were pieces of my family all over the road… I picked up those pieces from the road and from the truck and wrapped them in a sheet to bury them. Do the American people want to spend their money this way, on drones that kill our women and children?

- Miya Jan, a 28-year-old farmer who found the the burning frame of his cousin’s blue pickup truck after a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan. Inside, he said, he recognized the mangled remains of his brother, his brother’s wife and their 18-month-old son. Jan and other villagers say 14 people were killed in the attack; U.S. and Afghan officials place the toll at 11. | Afghans describe relatives’ deaths in recent U.S. drone strike (via fotojournalismus)

10 More Years in Afghanistan | Global Research

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'When Barack Obama became president, there were 32,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He escalated to over 100,000 troops, plus contractors. Now there are 47,000 troops these five years later. Measured in financial cost, or death and destruction, Afghanistan is more President Obama’s war than President Bush’s. Now the White House is trying to keep troops in Afghanistan until “2024 and beyond.”'

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Nov 7

HRW urges US to probe ‘human remains’ of Afghans

US troops stop a man to search him while on patrol near a command outpost in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, February 1, 2013.

Human Rights Watch has called on the US government to investigate thoroughly and impartially the deaths of 18 people allegedly killed by American forces in Afghanistan.


“The Nerkh incidents should be investigated rigorously, impartially, and transparently,” Andrea Prasow, senior counterterrorism counsel and advocate at Human Rights Watch, said on Wednesday.

“While it is clear that crimes occurred, US authorities need to establish what exactly happened and who is responsible,” Prasow added.

Rolling Stone magazine earlier on Wednesday reported that US forces were implicated in the killings in Nerkh district, Wardak province in late 2012 and early 2013.

In November 2012, many local residents claimed they were connected to operations by a new US Special Forces unit in the district, known as ODA 3124.

In February, the body of a man named Nasratullah was found in Nerkh with his throat slit. His family said that US forces had earlier arrested him.

Meanwhile, Afghan President Hamid Karzai called for American forces to leave Wardak after protests about the abuses erupted in the province. The forces withdrew from Nerkh in April.

According to Afghan government accounts, after the incident a shepherd located human remains near the team’s former base perimeter, prompting villagers to dig in the area. Human remains were found in five other locations near the base.

Afghan authorities, using clothing and possessions found at the sites, identified the remains as belonging to 10 Afghan men from Nerkh district, who had earlier been taken into custody by US forces.

Afghan government documents showed at least 8 other men had been killed in operations linked to the US team - a total of 18 deaths.

American officials denied US involvement to several media outlets after the human remains in Nerkh began to be unearthed in April.

“The US government needs to follow through with real evidence-gathering to uncover the truth, and bring to justice all those who are responsible for crimes,” Prasow said.’

(Source: presstv.ir)

Congressman Grayson, as a teacher, my job is to educate. But how do I teach something like this? How do I explain what I myself do not understand? How can I in good faith reassure the children that the drone will not come back and kill them, too, if I do not understand why it killed my mother and injured my children?

- Rafiq ur Rehman, a Pakistani schoolteacher whose mother was killed in a drone strike. He testified along with his young son and daughter before Congress today about the civilian death toll from US drone strikes and targeted killing, speaking through a translator. At this point in the testimony, the translator had to break to cry.  (via randomactsofchaos)

(Source: thepoliticalnotebook)

Victims of drone strike testify before Congress

Nabila Rehman (L), 9, who was injured by a US drone strike in Pakistan,speaks as her brother Zubair Rehman (R) looks on during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 29, 2013 (AFP Photo / Jim Watson)
"Nobody has ever told me why my mother was targeted that day,” Rehman said during the Tuesday morning panel. "All media reported three, four, five militants were killed. But only one person was killed that day. A mom, grandma, a midwife”

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Please tell me, Mr President, why a US drone assassinated my mother

The last time I saw my mother, Momina Bibi, was the evening before Eid al-Adha. She was preparing my children’s clothing and showing them how to make sewaiyaan, a traditional sweet made of milk. She always used to say: the joy of Eid is the excitement it brings to the children.

Last year, she never had that experience. The next day, 24 October 2012,she was dead, killed by a US drone that rained fire down upon her as she tended her garden.

Nobody has ever told me why my mother was targeted that day. The media reported that the attack was on a car, but there is no road alongside my mother’s house. Several reported the attack was on a house. But the missiles hit a nearby field, not a house. All reported that five militants were killed. Only one person was killed – a 67-year-old grandmother of nine.

My three children – 13-year-old Zubair, nine-year-old Nabila and five-year-old Asma – were playing nearby when their grandmother was killed. All of them were injured and rushed to hospitals. Were these children the “militants” the news reports spoke of? Or perhaps, it was my brother’s children? They, too, were there. They are aged three, seven, 12, 14, 15 and 17 years old. The eldest four had just returned from a day at school, not long before the missile struck.

(Source: azspot)

Appeals Court Grapples With Guantanamo Force-Feeding Case

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thepeacefulterrorist:

An appeals court panel in D.C. on Friday weighed whether it could or should end the force-feeding of detainees being held at military facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The dispute focused over whether or not authorities at the detention facility were force-feeding detainees earlier than necessary to ensure their survival. Jon Eisenberg,representing several Guantanamo detainees, said that his clients were being fed before it was medically necessary and that force-feeding “perpetuates indefinite detention.” Though he admitted he was asking the panel to allow something to happen that could ultimately result in death, he said it was the constitutional right of detainees to engage in a hunger strike.

"I believe the Guantanamo Bay authorities have jumped the gun, force-feeding those men before their lives are at risk," Eisenberg said. He added that he believed all force-feeding was unconstitutional, but that he was offering the appeals court panel a "middle ground."

Justice Department lawyer Daniel Lenerz, representing the government, said that military authorities were only force-feeding detainees when it was necessary to keep them alive and healthy. Lenerz said that force-feeding, which he referred to as only “enteral feeding,” should be allowed because hunger strikes were disrupting the operation of the detention facilities.

"Is that your trump card, as long as you use that, it’s the end of your inquiry?" asked Judge Thomas Beall Griffith, who was appointed by President George W. Bush.

Eisenberg, meanwhile, said the unique circumstances in Guantanamo made it difficult for him to disprove the claim that the hunger strikes are having a destabilizing effect on operations there.

"How do I prove what’s going on in Guantanamo Bay? I have no idea," he said.

The hunger strike at Guantanamo began earlier this year and at one point involved over 100 detainees. Military authorities have stopped proactively releasing hunger strike counts, but the number had fallen to 15 as of Thursday, according to The Miami Herald.

After the hearing, anti-Guantanamo protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse to watch activist Andrés Thomas Conteris be force-fed. Conteris underwent the same procedure in front of the White House last month.

Force feeding is terrorism.

rtamerica:

Government’s definition of ‘terrorist’ encompasses practically everyone