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Obama Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Military with 0 Comments
Obama Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

The Obama administration must disclose the legal basis for targeting Americans with drones, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in overturning a lower court decision. The Second US Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) claim by The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said the administration must disclose the legal rationale behind its claims that it may kill enemies who are Americans overseas.

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Cold War 2.0 and the Threat of Nuclear Warfare – James Corbett

Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics with 4 Comments
Cold War 2.0 and the Threat of Nuclear Warfare – James Corbett

The rhetoric that has been spewed in recent years about nuclear disarmament is, of course, was always just that: rhetoric. The US government has never seriously considered giving up its nuclear stockpile, or even renouncing a first-use nuclear doctrine. As Dr. Yuki Tanaka of Hiroshima University explains, the Obama administration has not simply continued the aggressive Bush-era stance on America’s nuclear arsenal, but actually extended it. In reality, the Obama administration has simply reaffirmed and even extended the existing US nuclear policy allowing for a first-strike, offensive nuclear war against its enemies. Find out more about the nuclear threat in the new cold war in this week’s GRTV Backgrounder with James Corbett. TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=9084

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Artists Put Faces of Child Drone Victims on Display for UAV Operators

Posted by on April 9, 2014 in Military with 0 Comments
Artists Put Faces of Child Drone Victims on Display for UAV Operators

The victims of drones are not faceless individuals: That’s the message an artist collective hopes to convey with its new project. Displaying giant photos of children in Pakistani areas typically targeted by the military, the artists hope the oversized images will be seen by drone operators sitting thousands of miles away, flying the unmanned vehicles. The project uses the hashtag #NotABugSplat, referencing how one drone operator described what victims look like when viewed through a drone’s camera. Kathy Kelly, a coordinator at Voices for Creative Nonviolence, speaks with RT’s Ameera David about the responsibility the artists feel they have to speak out on the topic of drone use.

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U.N. Critical of Drone Strikes, Why Not American Taxpayers? – Ben Swann

Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Government, Military with 2 Comments
U.N. Critical of Drone Strikes, Why Not American Taxpayers? – Ben Swann

Ben Swann: A new special report from the U.N. Human Rights Council is demanding answers from the United States and other “responsible” governments about the use of drones to go after “terrorists”. So why aren’t the American people demanding the same answers?

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Truthseeker: American Spring; Who Killed MLK and Why; Peaceful Protests; Drone Operators Refuse to Kill; Military Suicides

Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Government, Military with 0 Comments
Truthseeker: American Spring; Who Killed MLK and Why; Peaceful Protests; Drone Operators Refuse to Kill; Military Suicides

The Truthseeker covers the following topics and more: #WaveOfAction protests started on April 4 – the day Martin Luther King was killed; who killed MLK and why; peaceful protests; drone operators refuse to kill; military suicides; and more.

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“A Travesty of Justice”: Judge Throws Out Challenge to Extrajudicial Killings of Americans via Drones

Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Military with 0 Comments
“A Travesty of Justice”: Judge Throws Out Challenge to Extrajudicial Killings of Americans via Drones

A US federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s killing of three Americans in drone strokes, a decision slammed as “a true travesty of justice for our constitutional democracy.”

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Unlearned Lessons from Vietnam 41 Years After U.S. Troop Withdrawal

Posted by on April 3, 2014 in Government, Military with 0 Comments
Unlearned Lessons from Vietnam 41 Years After U.S. Troop Withdrawal

Abby Martin goes over the anniversary of the US withdrawal from Vietnam, highlighting the unlearned lessons from the war and draws a parallel to America’s recent conflicts, namely Iraq and Afghanistan.

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100 Years of War Lies DEBUNKED

Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics with 0 Comments
100 Years of War Lies DEBUNKED

When Secretary of State John Kerry made his now infamous statement about Russia’s actions in Ukraine, the hypocrisy was immediately apparent to all but the most clueless of viewers. But perhaps Kerry wasn’t so wrong to expect the public to let him get away with such a transparently hypocritical statement. After all, the public have always been happy to go along with every pretext for war presented to them for decade after decade.

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Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose US Intervention in Ukraine, Syria, Iran … Or Anywhere Else

Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Military, Politics with 0 Comments
Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose US Intervention in Ukraine, Syria, Iran … Or Anywhere Else

Polls show that Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to U.S. military involvement in: Ukraine, Syria, Iran, or anywhere else. Indeed, a poll from Pew in December found that a majority of Americans – more than ever before in Pew’s 50-year history of polling this question – think the U.S. “should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own.” We’re sick of war …

(And we’ve been so for years.)

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MUST SEE: America’s Long War Against Humanity – Michel Chossudovsky

Posted by on March 6, 2014 in Military, Politics with 2 Comments
MUST SEE: America’s Long War Against Humanity – Michel Chossudovsky

Michel Chossudovsky details America’s long war against humanity in this talk at the Rosa Luxemburg Conference in Berlin on January 11, 2014. Worldwide militarization is also part of a global economic agenda, namely the application of the neoliberal economic policy model which has led to the impoverishment of large sectors of the World population. The world is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US has embarked on a military adventure, “a long war”, which threatens the future of humanity. This “war without borders” is being carried out at the crossroads of the most serious economic crisis in World history, which has been conducive to the impoverishment of large sectors of the World population. The Pentagon’s global military design is one of world conquest. The military deployment of US-NATO forces is occurring in several regions of the world simultaneously. The concept of the “Long War” has characterized US military doctrine since the end of World War II. Worldwide militarization is part of a global economic agenda.

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European Complicity in US Drone Strikes Must Be Stopped, MEPs to Warn

Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Government, Military with 0 Comments
European Complicity in US Drone Strikes Must Be Stopped, MEPs to Warn

MEPs will vote this week on a resolution condemning EU Member States’ complicity in the covert US drones program. The resolution condemns the extrajudicial killings resulting from drones strikes, notes an increase in strikes in recent years in places like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, and demands full transparency from those Member States that possess drones technology. The strikes represent both a violation of the sovereignty of targeted countries and spread terror among the civilian population, says the resolution; they are therefore illegal under international law. The text further criticizes the “opaque and unaccountable” nature of drone strikes, concluding that they pose a grave threat to global peace and security

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Cost Of Iraq & Afghanistan Wars Is Absolutely Staggering

Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Government, Military with 1 Comment
Cost Of Iraq & Afghanistan Wars Is Absolutely Staggering

The U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will cost taxpayers $4 trillion to $6 trillion, taking into account the medical care of wounded veterans and expensive repairs to a force depleted by more than a decade of fighting, according to a new study by a Harvard researcher.

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Turning a Wedding Into a Funeral: Obama Violated His Own Rules with Yemen Drone Strike

Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Military, Politics with 0 Comments
Turning a Wedding Into a Funeral: Obama Violated His Own Rules with Yemen Drone Strike

President Barack Obama violated his own rules for the use of drone strikes in a December 2013 strike on a wedding procession in Yemen that killed 12 people, a new report from Human Rights Watch says. The US military initially claimed that the procession was actually members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, then admitted it was a wedding procession, but claimed that most of the people killed in the attack were members of the terrorist organization. But Human Rights Watch says, “The procession also may have included members of AQAP, although it is not clear who they were or what was their fate.” The group went on to say that there is no evidence that members of the caravan posed an imminent threat, and that killing them was a violation of international human rights laws. RT’s Meghan Lopez speaks with investigative journalist Ben Swann about US drone policy and whether the attack was a violation of Obama’s own stated rules.

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Drone Report: US Must Account for ‘Turning Wedding Into a Funeral’

Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Government, Military with 0 Comments
Drone Report: US Must Account for ‘Turning Wedding Into a Funeral’

A U.S. drone strike on a recent wedding procession in Yemen — that left 12 people dead and at least 15 wounded — raises serious doubts about the Obama administration’s claim that so-called targeted killings do not harm civilians, charged Human Rights Watch in a report released Thursday. Entitled A Wedding That Became a Funeral: US Drone Attack on Marriage Procession in Yemen, the 28-page report demands that the U.S. government investigate the incident and publicly account for any slaughter of civilians or violation of international law.

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Misremembering America’s Wars: Past, Present and Future

Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics with 0 Comments
Misremembering America’s Wars: Past, Present and Future

Government-sanctioned, counterfeit history seems to be the norm. What are schools teaching our children about US wars – causes and crimes?

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