UNMANNED: America’s Drone Wars

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This is the highly anticipated documentary from director Robert Greenwald investiagates the impact of the U.S. Drone Wars, at home and abroad.

According to Brandon Bryant, a former USAF drone sensor operator, now a 27-year old veteran, getting into the drone program was weird. They were literally told “we kill people and break things.” On a clear day a drone operator can read the license plate on somebody’s car.

On October 28, 2011, there was a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan. Thousands of Pakistanis came together to protest the United State’s drone attacks in their country. People came from all over to the rally to send a message. They were fed up and resentful because of the attacks. Among the huge group was one young man named Tariq Aziz. Two days later this young man left to pick up some players for a soccer game. Some of his cousins were riding along in the vehicle. On their way, they were attacked by a drone strike. The bodies of Tariq and his cousins were badly burned. Some young men, who were also going to the game but in another car, saw what happened and removed the charred bodies. Nobody could believe that a sixteen-year old who just wanted to talk about football would have been murdered.

There are dozens of other stories similar to Tariq’s. The drones strike people who fit the profile of what the US government defines as a terrorist, be this real or imaginary. In a number of cases, they’re not really sure whom they are hitting; they are just following orders given by the CIA.

In North Waziristan, for instance, life is not longer enjoyable because everyone is terrified of what might happen. People don’t feel safe even in their own homes. Innocent civilians are being killed and private property is being destroyed. The number of psychiatric patients has increased dramatically because people are living in constant fear and anxiety. After the attacks, the news reports that terrorists have been killed but the reality is that it’s small children, women, and elderly people who are murdered. The people of North Waziristan claim that they will never forgive their enemies and that the United States is their enemy because it has killed their loved ones.

Because of the attacks, many young men have decided to join the war against the United States to take revenge. The more innocent people the US kills, the stronger Al Qaeda becomes. The Taliban doesn’t need to go out of their way to recruit suicide bombers anymore because the outrage over the drone attacks has caused a huge spike in suicide bomber recruits.

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  • Bella

    These drone strikes happened because the Pakistani government aids and abets Islamic terrorists and jihadis whose only goal is to kill Christians and anyone who refuses to join their religion. They hate the U.S. and would kill us in a heartbeat. We give Pakistan millions of dollars in foreign aid and they hate us. Stop the money flow into Pakistan and then let’s see what happens.

    • Puffster McGee

      Less than 2% of the casualties of U.S. drone
      strikes are “high value targets.” The other 98% are civilians, children,
      and alleged enemy combatants. In Pakistan alone, over 3,100 people have
      been killed by drones since 2004.

      Drone strikes are providing a breeding ground for extremism. If the U.S. would change it’s foreign policy it would likely reduce the amount of hatred and violence from the East.

    • awful_truth

      How many U.S citizens (on American soil) have died from foreign terrorist attacks (excluding 9 11) in the last 30 years? No matter what number you can come up with, it does not justify flying drones in a sovereign foreign country murdering people at your discretion. On the flip side, how many people has America killed abroad in the same time period? I am sure that after 9 11 you feel it is justifiable, but I can guarantee you that your paranoid fear is induced by your own government, to support your incursions abroad, not from Islamic fanaticism.

      • Ronald Aishman

        everyone is strong on opinion,but you enjoy benefits every day that were raped at others suffering,put your ill gotten gains into the kitty to fix the problem or shut the fuck up.

        • awful_truth

          The benefits of my life were earned, and not at the expense of anyone’s suffering. Your attempt at deflecting American Empirical behaviour in foreign countries to justify immoral corporate behaviour (greed) only epitomizes just how unenlightened/uneducated you really are.
          P.S: Giving what little money I have will not fix a problem that is inherently corrupt at the core. I have no doubt that nature will take care of it for all of us, when the time is right.

    • Muhammad Rizwan

      how u can say that.Christians live in Pakistan and they are living according to their will.we never forced them to change their religion.and another word is that Pakistanis cannot kill u because these poor Pakistanis can’t reach your country. They don’t have enough money to live a happy life.They don’t have such technology to kill u.And the terrorists u r talking about are those created by C.I.A during afghan Russia war.They were supported by US and international community to fight with soviet union.After that war, these jihadis were abandoned and this started a lot of crimes in this region.instability of this region is because of these jihadis who were created by US.
      Most of these jihadis are recruited agents of Pakistan’s enemies like Israel, India etc and these nations are funding them.U.S drone attacks are only to destroy Pakistani nation and challenge its sovereignty.
      another thing, u r giving dollars but how much loss we got in these wars and terrorist attacks is much bigger than u give to us. our stupid politicians make stupid decisions.we as a nation never wanted ur aid. but our leaders are traitors.
      This terrorism destroyed our army and innocent people.we are more victim of terrorism than u americans. if our govt. was in favor of terrorists, ur forces were out of afghanistan and Pakistan.
      what u r talking about is a propaganda.we are a peaceful nation but never let others to rule us.if anyone attacks us will get beaten i believe because we r right.our enemies are wrong.

  • WeaponsOfMassDeception

    Striking fear into the heart of a civilian populace using covert missile strikes. Sounds remarkably like terrorism doesn’t it?

    • awful_truth

      Amen to that!

  • Craig McKerchar

    Why is it that America feels the need to take this covert and fear inducing action in Pakistan? Why is it that citizens in Commonwealth countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Britain do not have the same fear of Pakistan or Pakistanis for that matter. It is an absolute outrage that this action is allowed to continue in a member nation of the Commonwealth, a country that we have diplomatic and sporting ties with and a nation and people that we do not fear. Is the military machine using Pakistan as an experiment, are they wanting to incite a nation to hatred? The anti American sentiment arising out of Pakistan is totally understandable and actions like this do nothing to dampen this sentiment. Leave Pakistan alone!!

  • Morthund

    stupid, stupid intelligence

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