Even the nuanced critiques of the CHARLIE HEBDO COMEUPPANCE in Paris begin by disclaiming “of course the cartoonists didn’t deserve to die.” But I wonder, have none among us yet earned our adversaries’ judgment? We western imperialists are quick to decide which of our opponents deserve to die, even as mere collateral in our preemptive justice-dealing. How uncharitable of our exceptionalism to think that only we can direct extrajudicial assassinations. Paris is a front line like any other noncombatant zone marauded by US drones. Our intelligence agencies aren’t bothered to explain who they target and why. Contrast our existential rationalizations with the concrete evidence, much of it rubble, with which anti-imperial defenders can condemn us.
DELIVERY CONFIRMATION for drones! You can get it for free with the Metadata iPhone app. The following notice arrived this morning, March 3, postmarked Yemen: “Jaber was sleeping near his car when the missile arrived. 3 people killed.” The blurb is as much as the USG knows, based on preliminary reports from the ground, and highlights what little they know of their intended victim. It’s also based on the POV of the targeting pilot whose job it is to study the slow-mo video of the warhead’s GoPro camera. Extreme Extrajudicial Assassination –Radically illegal too!
UPDATE: Mar 3, Yemen
“The second drone strike of the day killed 1 person in Abyan.”
So, no, the twenty schoolchildren killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut were not Pakistani. That’s apparently what everyone is so upset about. I’m rather embarrassed how distraught Americans are about the Connecticut school shooting, considering equivalent child-massacres happen daily in Pakistan, victims of US drones, to no public outcry. In Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and all the far reaches of our multinational corporate empire, child killing is public policy, far from being a subject of public anguish.
The US government is allied militarily with some of the rattiest dictatorships of the world, as our criminal politician leaders tell us that it is them who supposedly are bringing democracy to the rest of the world! US backed Pakistan dictatorship halts Pakistani citizen antiwar demonstration against bombing by the US of their own country! See reporting about how the thuggish Pakistani government has stopped a protest against the US government’s bombing of its own citizens. Does that look like democracy in action either in the US or Pakistan? It doesn’t to us here at Not My Tribe. Pakistan halts anti-drone protest led by ex-cricketer Imran Khan.
Barack Obama explained that his role as president is limited to the authority to offer the nation’s condolences and voice the common desire to see the accused feel the “full force of American justice.” Aurora police were to blame, apparently, because if James Holmes had not been apprehended, and did not now have to face trial, Obama could dispatch the gunman, suspected accomplices, and whoever else might be in their company at the time, with a swift drone strike.
Said Senator Dianne Feinstein to Fox News about an al-Qaeda suspect in Yemen: “I am hopeful that we will be able to, candidly, kill this bomb maker and kill some of these other associates. This, about a certain Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri about whom we have only intelligence hearsay to go on, based on an undetectable bomb, on which they say they detect his forensic signature, and about his friends, members they say of AL-QAEDA OF THE SAUDI PENINSULA or some such. What this means, for employees of GENERAL DYNAMICS or RAYTHEON OF SOUTHERN COLORADO for example, is that you don’t even have to possess a factory security ID to be suspected by Yemen, or our other Muslim adversaries, of making bombs that terrorize their innocents. Allah forbid they should commandeer armed drones, in preemptive self defense, to kill you and your now pants-pissing friends, candidly.
And let’s be realistic, the BOMB MAKERS OF AMERICA is an awfully big fraternity at this point.
Each and every time the US government uses drones to kill people with, it is using a form of sniper to assassinate somebody without any due process to try and convict them legally in a court of law. So how is any of that ‘legal’? And unlike executions, which most of the world condemns anyway, drone attacks are often very messy affairs where bystanders get executed as well as ‘targets’. Hard to mount any argument that there is any legality to all of this, and yet that’s exactly what the Obama Adminsitration and the US Democratic Party are now doing! See “Yes, in full accordance with the law" Top U.S. Security Official Says ‘Rigorous Standards’ Are Used for Drone Strikes. So what are The People supposed to now do in full accordance with the law to a body of government officials who are assassinating people outside of any real and recognized internationally law? That is the question of the day? May Day! It was bad enough when Bush was torturing people in secret but now we have Obama openly murdering people and calling it ‘legal’! We have a national government that no longer knows any legal boundaries for itself and its actions. The world, if not ourselves, will eventually stop them!
Today’s Lies- US drone strikes have killed 15 suspected ‘US drone strikes have killed 15 suspected 'MILITANTS' in the volatile tribal areas of north-west Pakistan, say Pakistani officials. And Next- the Truth…
“Who has given the license to kill and in what court? Who has declared that they can hit anyone they like?”
“How many ‘high level targets’ could there possibly be?”
“What kind of democracy is America,” Safdar asks, “where people do not ask these questions?”
From Kathy Kelly’s commentary on CounterPunch today “All of us ask, ‘Why?’ They kill people with computers and they can’t tell us why." They also kill people with plain old fashioned bombs and guns too. Why does the US occupy Afghanistan? Why do the American people mainly sit passively by like a herd of sheep?
SUPPORT THE TROOPS? Oh let’s address this buggaboo straight off. Apparently you can’t protest war without disrespecting the troops, that criticizing the soldiers’ mission means to criticize them for following their orders. Okay… if it is indeed all grey area for those lacking grey matter, then I suppose you can’t support the troops. And so I WON’T, NOT A LICK. The killing needs to stop. Expressing “support” for those doing the killing gets you more killing. Here are two complementary banners to protest the use of drones to increase our remote killing:
Paired with the followup below, because what’s an antiwar message today without the obligatory “support the troops” nonsense:
‘Beyond that, Obama has used drones to kill Muslim children and innocent adults by the hundreds. He has refused to disclose his legal arguments for why he can do this or to justify the attacks in any way. He has even had rescuers and funeral mourners deliberately targeted. As Hayden said: ”Right now, there isn’t a government on the planet that agrees with our legal rationale for these operations, except for Afghanistan and maybe Israel.” But that is all perfectly fine with most American liberals now that their Party’s Leader is doing it:
How long will the US and European populations sit back passively allowing their governments’ troops to kill children repeatedly in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere in Asia and Africa? Here is the latest atrocity by US/ NATO troops… NATO airstrike killed eight children: Karzai
StratCom drone “pilots” struck again, this time killing an American citizen whose “crime” was preaching against the Empire. They linked his sermons to “radicalizing” Maj. Hasan of Ft Hood, although I strong suspect that his fellow officers, who admitted their continuous harrassment of him, had a LOT more to do with that.
Also what causes people to become “radicalized” is the notion that they are somehow lesser than us, thus we have the right to murder them at will.
I bet the drone operator who pulled the trigger was so smugly self-satisfied with his “bravery” that he went home and beat his dog and raped his Momma. Or beat his Momma and raped his dog.
The message of the drone strike is clear “Do as we say or we murder you and anybody around you”.
Oderint dum Metuant.
The REAL terrorists are the Imperial Storm Troopers who enforce that motto. For those, like most of the War supporters, who don’t know any Latin or any history, that was the motto of two Roman emperors, Gaius Julius Caesar II aka Caligula and Nero. And it means “let them hate us, as long as they fear us.”
And so the murder spree continues, in the name of God and country but really just to line the pockets of the Rich Bitches who are trying to suppress any protests against Wall Street and their literally state-subsidized profits.
Thieves and Murderers flock together. Murder, by the way, is a cowards crime no matter how it’s done, but when it’s done by some keyboard “hero” through remote control devices it just makes the point even more obvious. The chickenshits at the Pentagon and the White House and in the Command Structure below them, who ordered the murder, even more cowardly than the “hero” who pulled the remote control trigger. Really BRAVE men, they are…
Wonder how many kids got killed as collateral damage in this attack? The Air Force Babykilling Liars won’t admit it, though.
They’ll deny their guilt for as long as possible. Much like they still deny they’re subsidizing the very richest people in the world, fighting for the Oil Corporations and other thieves.
It’s called “search and rescue” and the object of the game is a cockpit-eye-view rescuing people using a helicopter simulator. Designed by and for guys who have taken that step back, taken a good look and decided that “games” that award points for Snuffing People were just not getting it. There’s a newer “Call of Duty” game called Home Front, where the players get to snuff their fellow Americas for fun and points. Not exactly my idea of righteous.
A propos of, let’s
state history records 175+ lynchings, of mostly cattle rustlers and horse thieves. Boosters laud our state’s few (5) racially-motivated lynchings, but in relation to Colorado’s small portion of African- Americans, the incident rate is not insignificant. What’s more, Colorado can tie any state for the worst race lynching ever, when in 1900, along the railroad tracks near Lake Station, black 16-year-old, 130 lb. Preston Porter Jr, innocent and probably mentally feeble, was burned at the stake by a cheering mob numbering over 300.
The Murdering-ass coward scum who remote-control kill human beings from the air-conditioned safety of a command center in Nebraska, and gloat about how their “High Tech” weaponry makes them ever so superior to the Third World impoverished nations of PEOPLE against whom the United States Corporate Government has chosen to make For Profit Wars. Killed two of their own in Helmand Province last week.
And they call the people who stand against the Arrogant Might of the Empire “cowardly terrorists” because they don’t have the money to buy sophisticated weapons which kill from halfway around the globe.
Well, YOU MURDERING SCUM KILLED A COUPLE OF YOUR OWN COMRADES! HOW DOES THAT FEEL, BYOTCHES?
Yeah, taste of Real War, instead of what the Air Force lying recruiters told you, to get you off the couch in Yo Mommas’ basements where you played endless video games, killing imaginary enemies with absolutely no risk to your own worthless cowardly skins. How does it FEEL, Byotches?
You justified killing BABIES in similar unmanned Drone attacks, as long as they were the children you’re giving the Freedom to live on their knees worshipping your mighty Corporate Empire.
What kind of racist bullshit did your Master (Sergeants) tell you to convince you that the Afghan and Pakistani citizens were UnterMenschen who don’t deserve the very title of Human?
You sorry bastards gave up your own right to be called human, sold your soul for a chance to murder without any fear of retaliation.
Not that it would matter to YOU but the two you killed this time, sergeant Jeremy Smith, 26, and seaman Benjamin Rast, 23 actually had names.
So, in a bizarre twist of fate, did the literally COUNTLESS Other Human Beings, including children, whose lives you snuffed out with your Video Game.
You had no conscientious objections over those murders, will you feign conscience now that the Jackboot is on the other face?
The CS Fuzz Dept isn’t squeaking very loudly about the grenade they found at Prospect Lake a couple of days ago. There’s ways to make a booby trap from a hand grenade, take one and set it down, prop a rock onto it and set the rock on a small stick, so the rock will fall off if the stick is disturbed, lots of ways to make the stick fall out. Test the rig to make sure. assemble it and extract the safety pin then leave, and never go back. That doesn’t seem to be the case with the Lake Grenade. But it’s Apparently a U.S. Army hand grenade of which there are several types, standard enough in triggering style, weight and size of the device, many made by an Israeli based firm called LGB Ltd. The cops would have a database on who supplies them. NOW… Drugs.
Why then weren’t they contracted by the U.S. Dept of (in)Justice to find the sender of the email on the White House LAN, who gave Pooter Libby the information to help the BushTards punish Valerie Plame Wilson for not backing up their LIES about WMDs? Wouldn’t the Capital Murders of 7000+ U.S. soldiers committed by the CheneyBush Kartel stir patriotic interest on the part of ANY of them? One of the Bush Lies was that they HAD initiated a thorough investigation into the Plame leak, but couldn’t find anything. Yet Disney and other entertainment outlets can find not only the ORIGIN of a file transfer, but also the computer receiving the data, or so they claim on all of the billions of IP addresses on the Internet, but they can’t find one person sending an email from a specific computer, at a specific time, from the White House which has a camera trained on every door, especially in a time of “heightened security”? On an extremely limited Local Area Network.
It’s not just in the middle east, it’s what “we” do here too…
The brutality is endemic to the system, every action of Cop Meets Citizen, here, or abroad, is taken under the assumption that the Citizen is the enemy, and must be subdued, brought under “our” control.
Whether a citizen in his home or a whole nation.
This from chat:
23:58listening to the scanner…
Pigs are fixin’ to jump into an apartment, armored up…
23:58The dispatcher said that “last time we had to tase him”.
23:59 and that nobody in the house likes cops (the CSPD and EP Co Sheriff refer to that as a B.O.L.O “Be On the Look Out”)
23:59 Imagine that, a gang of uniformed thugs holds somebody down, beating him and torturing him, in front of his family, and they wonder why nobody likes them.
00:00 Actually they DO know, but they think their guns and gang will keep anybody from doing any retaliation, just like their foreign policy.
00:01Oderint dum Metuant, let them hate us as long as they fear us.
00:02Caligula and Nero’s motto.
What wonderful people they worship as heroes!! And they want to export that kind of “freedom” everywhere in the world. Freedom to obey.
AZ representative Gabrielle Giffords was one of twenty crosshairs on Sarah Palin’s checklist directing political assassinations.
Whether Jared Lee Loughner was a lone gunman, or in a TP or al-Qaeda cell, shouldn’t the DOJ investigate the grizzly mastermind who is inciting these acts? While they’re at it, Vice President Biden for illegally targeting Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, and Boss Obama who commands extrajudicial assassinations via military/CIA drones. If this was a GPS map of Pakistan the “unhinged shooters” would be Predator Drone operators.
Aside from the fact that the Drone is a remote controlled robot manipulated by a True Coward sitting in an air-conditioned hopped up Video Arcade but NOT aside from the fact that the Drone, its operator and few hundred thousands of their Comrades are invading occupiers in the country of which the “militants” are citizens..
And they get the definition of “Militant” by refusing to bow down and Kiss the Boots of the Invaders and Conquerors.
Way to Go, Air Force Imperial Storm Troopers including the Virtual StormTrooper by Proxy sitting at his computer murdering people with a click of the mouse..
That’s the way to teach those “cowardly” Terrorists not to resist the Leadership and Mastery of your Brave, Noble and above all Righteous Empire!
Grovel in the name of Freedom or be vaporized!
Give the people the Ultimate Freedom, the absolute right to Obey What Their Masters Tell Them!
The jokes always fly when US drone attacks claim to dispatch an al-Qaedan of supposed rank. “How many 3rd in command does al-Qaeda have?” -asks the too-clever saw. As Mohammad approaches infinity, I believe, is the inconvenient answer. When a sports competitor disqualifies from the rankings, another moves up. The military intelligence which charts our adversary’s chain of command has me thinking about our own. Our grunts overseas fight under exasperating tiers of pay grades, but we know our number one in command is President Obama. Do you suppose Americans expect that al-Qaeda or the Taliban have every license to hunt and execute our number one and his aids, through number 99, including their families?
Off we go, into the wild blue yonder
Dropping bombs, on civilians below,
far below, we’re so high they can’t see us.
we’ll be gone twenty miles
before the bombs hit.
Oh, we’ll bomb the Kids
and be PROUD we did
O, nothing can stop the ba-by-kill-ers…