Posts Tagged ‘remote’

United States Committing Mass Murder with Drones

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Identify a target based on spuriously gathered intelligence, and then blow them up. When people hear the explosion and come running to help, blow up the would-be rescuers. Then, over the next few days, should any funeral processions be held, blow all those people up too.

It sounds like the actions of some sadist playing a sims game, but it’s not. Unfortunately, these unconscionable tactics are being used right now by none other than the United States government in their clandestine war on humanity.

As Glenn Greenwald reports, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism documented that after the U.S. kills people with drones in Pakistan, it then targets for death those who show up at the scene to rescue the survivors and retrieve the bodies, as well as those who gather to mourn the dead at funerals. Classy, right?

The New York Times summarizes these findings, stating how: “at least 50 civilians had been killed in follow-up strikes after they rushed to help those hit by a drone-fired missile” while “more than 20 other civilians [were] killed in strikes on funerals.”

Unbelievable. No wonder the US establishment is so intent on keeping these wars quiet. If Americans (and much of the world) knew what was going on, there would be so much of an outcry it’d never be allowed to continue.

Fortunately for us (and equally unfortunate for the Military Industrial Complex) the human race is uniting like never before. Disgusting acts of terror, like the US’s use of drone strikes, will no longer stay hidden from the mainstream consciousness.

Soon enough of us will see these strikes for what they are – blatant acts of murder – and those deemed responsible will finally have their feet held to the fire.

 

It Has Happened! US Weaponizes Domestic Drones

Friday, May 25th, 2012

For many years the United States has been murdering foreigners using remote controlled aircraft. Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan are just a few of the nations targeted by assassination robots sent by America’s clandestine war on the world.

Countless times, myself and others have warned Americans to stand up against the use of these murder-machines before they get used on the American people themselves.

Well, it’s too late. You didn’t listen. And now automated death-from-above has come home to United States soil. That’s right. Drones flying over the US will no longer just be for surveillance… they will now be weaponized.

At first they’ll just use tear gas and rubber bullets. But, as long as the American population remains relatively silent, the path will be cleared for lethal drones to hover overhead.

Bureaucrats and law enforcement given the authority to execute citizens with the push of a button. A chilling notion indeed. If this trend progresses unabated any longer, American’s may find themselves in a situation where protesting against the use of drone strikes becomes an offense punishable by drone strike.

American War Machine Drones On and On

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Bug splat. Have you heard this term before? Bug splat.

It doesn’t have to do with driving on the highway in the summer. Nor does it refer to some quaint touchscreen app, although those involved do use what amounts to a glorified computer game.

No, bug splat is nothing less than the military slang for any human assassinated by drone strikes. Talk about dehumanizing one’s enemies. (more…)

US Assassinates Dozens of Somali Citizens

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

In what the UN calls a violation of international law, American drones have reigned death down upon another 30+ Somali people.

Sadly, this news barely made a blip in our mainstream media. Had foreigners bombed one single American, let alone thirty, the news cycles would have blown up, civil freedoms would be stripped, and security would be tightened across the nation for about 10 years.

But because it happens in one of the poorest countries on earth, it’s as if these lives have no value. (more…)

Remote Assassins Exhausted With Demand

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Throughout my frequent rants against the use of unmanned aircraft as tools of war, I’ve consistently neglected to consider the humanity of the drone operators themselves. In my head, I dismissed them as heartless, glorified-video-game playing, soldier wannabes. But that is not the truth. It turns out they have feelings too.

A recent study by the Armed Forces has found half of all Air Force drone operators experience high levels of job-related stress.

Yet, remarkably, this stress isn’t coming from guilt or remorse over the lives taken by the pseudo-soldiers. Rather, the reported ‘high operational stress’ comes from being overwhelmed with long hours and frequent shift changes due to staff shortages.

That’s right, it’s not that these drone operators are finding it too hard to kill people, it’s that they’ve become too good at their job. These radio-wave assassins can exterminate any threat with such immediate efficacy that demand for their services has skyrocketed!

It makes sense, if you think about it. To start, every Air Force employee will, like any good soldier, be indoctrinated to believe they are fighting for a just cause – be it freedom or protecting civilians or whatever other lie they’ve been sold by the war machine.

Then, on top of this, any atrocities they happen to commit will always occur on the other side of a computer screen. No hearing screaming mothers. No seeing blood and wrecked flesh. No insight into the direct suffering tolled by the population. It’s just – acquire a target, lock on, deploy death – then on to the next one – a system streamlining the whole mess of war with the push of a button.

With murder being dished out via mechanisms monkeys could operate, it’s no wonder military brass aren’t asking ‘Should we do more?’ just ‘How can we do more?’ As evident with the 350 new unmanned aircraft controllers undergoing training right now – more than the number of real fighter and bomber pilots combined – it is clear the use of drones is set to experience massive growth.

But contrary to what those who make their living fighting wars will tell us, the increased use of autonomous death machines is not a good thing for our long-term security. Without a significant public resistance, these drones will be used against us soon enough.

First, they’ll start with drones just for surveillance (like many Americans already face). Then, once the machines are up there, you may as well arm them. But only to use against the worst of the worst, like terrorist or drug dealers. Then, once the population is complacent enough, you can keep escalating your reach until speaking out against the use of drone strikes becomes an offense punishable by drone strike.

And that’s not something I ever want to see, which is why I’m already making noise right now.

American Drones Comprimised

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Hackers have successfully infiltrated the American government’s favorite tool for discretely murdering people from a distance: unmanned aircraft.  A computer virus infected the computers controlling America’s Predator and Reaper drones, exposing a major security flaw with these remotely flown weapons.

The malicious software seems to resist detection and removal, and could very well be a highly advanced attack orchestrated by foreign agencies, not unlike the Stuxnet virus which successfully delayed Iran’s nuclear efforts.

These drones in the sky, controlled remotely by computers and radio waves, are like sitting flying ducks, ready to be taken over and used for nefarious purposes. (Although what’s more sinister than American’s being slaughtered by their own government?)

Governments are investing billions upon billions into these state-of-the-art weapons, but what’s the point if control can so easily be stripped. All you’re doing is giving more advanced arms to whoever controls the digital space.

So, rather than spend more on war, why not channel these funds into humanitarian causes. For the cost of one of these pilot-less killing machines, you could dig wells for hundreds of thousands of people without access to clean water. Think about it for a second… which route would ultimately bring a more secure world?

Long Distance Murder

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Every single day, tens of millions of people risk being executed by foreign governments who rain down death from thousands of miles away.

It is time for this long distance murder to stop. Take action now!

US Drones Kill At Least 160 Pakistani Children – Report

Monday, August 15th, 2011

A damning report released this week from the UK’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism highlights another blight on America’s foreign policy. Since 2004, United States drone attacks over Pakistan have killed 2,292 people, including at least 160 children.

Ugh! That is so deplorable! How can anyone whose ‘side’ does something like that still feel like they’re the good guys?

How? Probably with some kind of rationalization techniques like this: ‘Mumble, mumble… gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet. Grumble, grumble… it’s the cost of our freedom.  Grumble, mumble… America, FUCK YEAH!

Well, probably not quite like that. But whatever mental and ethical tap dancing it takes for someone to somehow justify these deaths, you can be assured that it’s still being done right now.

Since President Obama has taken office, there has been 236 strikes on Pakistan. This means the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is ultimately responsible for snuffing out Pakistani lives at the press of a button once every four days!

Good on the report’s authors for helping to blow the lid on this covert war. The more the world becomes aware of these ongoing atrocities, the sooner humankind will be able to move beyond this shameful period in our history.

Long Distance Murder

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Picture this: you’re walking home after work, carrying some groceries. The sun is shining. Birds are chirping. A beautiful day.

Other people are enjoying the day, too. Some kids playing. A guy on a bike. There goes a truck with three men in it.

Then, BLAM! Out of nowhere the truck explodes, sending shrapnel everywhere. Smoldering rubble and body parts are all that remains.

The culprit was a soldier fighting an ideological war, signalling the explosion from far away in safety. But it’s not what you think: the soldier wasn’t an extremist by any means.

He was an American, and it wasn’t a car bomb he detonated to snub out the three targets (along with anyone else foolish enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time). It was a rocket-propelled high-powered explosive launched from an unmanned plane circling high above.

Sounds awful, doesn’t it, to think that some foreign nation has given itself the authority to terminate life so suddenly and decisively?

Yet this is exactly what the people of Pakistan have experienced for years, all thanks to the United States of Warmerica attempting to fight terror by being terrorists themselves.

And now Somalia and Yemen get to be victims of this remote controlled murder too. So just how accurate is this “video-game” warfare?

The New America Foundation estimates non-militant deaths at 20 per cent of the total of 2,464 fatalities. Locals estimate toll to be far greater, with one man stating “For every 10 to 15 people killed, maybe they get one militant.”

Even if the lower estimate is more accurate, that still means hundreds of innocent people have been murdered in this futile attempt to somehow bomb ourselves into a more peaceful world. And isn’t just one life far too expensive?

But an even more pressing question is this – if Americans don’t sanction the use of remote drones to eliminate threats on their own soil, what in the hell are they doing unleashing such tactics on someone else?

Somalia Joins America’s Remote Hit List

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Add Somalia to the lengthening list of country’s currently under attack by the United States.

Of course the US won’t officially say they’re at war with Somalia, but Americans are flying remote controlled planes that drop bombs on Somalian soil – an act most countries would consider a declaration of war.

With Yemen added earlier this month, Somalia brings the total to at least six nations counting themselves amongst those green-lighted for remote attacks. Remotely detonated bombs, all sanctioned by the United States of Warmerica.

Washington must be finding it easier to snuff out human life when the pilot is sitting a few thousand miles away from where the killing is done.

Fortunately for our planet, killing people is getting more difficult to do all the time. Right now, the deaths of these militants might pass without seeing the global spotlight.

But the more interconnected our world becomes, the more atrocities and injustices – like those that happen in war zones -  will be dragged out into the open to where they cannot survive.

So don’t let this new arm to war dissuade you… the whole beast will soon come to an end.