[cryptome] Re: Droning Along

  • From: doug <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:26:14 +0000

Hi Coderman,
Yup!...that is exactly the point I was trying to make. It is the sheer hypocrisy of it all. No question of law or human rights, or civil liberties at home or abroad. No question of transparency here. No question of bothering too much about damage or repurcussions. Drone attacks are all contained within the Presidential remit and decree and his legal interpretation of the American constitution. What are the criteria for conducting them, who makes the decisions on targets...All classified.

And yet...why is it kept so secret...after all "collateral damage" is unavoidable and a common reason which allows the US to conduct international sorties against terrorism or enemies of the United States...with or without the permission of the individual states concerned, regarding trespassing on their territory, the property of their visitors or citizens. It is all for the greater good of democracy. Like saluting the flag in the Jehova's Witnesses case really...:-) .

The parallels with Orwell's 1984 are so striking...just like the drones. Good is bad and bad is good...Empire is golden.

On 12/02/15 23:39, coderman wrote:
probably because it is hard to spin "collateral death of 13yr old by
inferno" is hard to spin sufficiently toward justice:


"That NYT article did cite what it called “a member of Al Qaeda in the
Arabian Peninsula” (AQAP), who provided the names of the three
victims, one of whom was “Mohammed Toiman al-Jahmi, a Yemeni teenager
whose father and brother were previously killed in American drone
strikes.” The article added that “the Qaeda member did not know Mr.
Jahmi’s age but said he was a member of the terrorist group.”

In fact, as the Guardian reported today, “Mr. Jahmi’s age” was 13 on
the day the American drone ended his life. Just months earlier, the
Yemeni teenager told that paper that “he lived in constant fear of the
‘death machines’ in the sky that had already killed his father and
brother.” It was 2011 when “an unmanned combat drone killed his father
and teenage brother as they were out herding the family’s camels.” In
the strike two weeks ago, Mohammed was killed along with his
brother-in-law and a third man."

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