by: Cindy Sheehan
I have become increasingly distressed about the expanded use of drones in the USA’s War OF Terror—as I oppose “manned aerial vehicles” that target and kill civilians–I find “unmanned aerial vehicles” particularly morally reprehensible.
This past Saturday, about 175 people joined us at CIA HQ in Langley, VA for a protest against the CIA’s usage of this deadly drone technology in North-West Pakistan that has been responsible for killing over 100 times more civilians than “suspected” al Qaeda or Taliban militants. After a story came out from the Associated Press that said we were out there protesting the fact that CIA drones targeted the “al Qaeda and Taliban,” (AP printed a “clarification) I have received dozens of emails attacking me for supporting “terrorists” over the lives of our military.
First of all, we DO protest the fact that the CIA is involved in, not “para-military” missions, but full-on military missions in Pakistan. Violating sovereign territory and assassinating whomever the CIA (in collaboration with the Pakistani government and the ISI) feels it should murder, is wrong no matter how false US patriots want to spin it. Barack Obama has green-lighted the expanded CIA program but wasn’t there an outcry from the faux-gressives when we learned that Cheney wanted to used the CIA as his own death squad?