March 2015 Archives

..it doesn't matter if you're in the right, it doesn't matter if a cop is in the wrong, it doesn't matter if you're being treated with less than the respect you deserve. If you want to emerge from a police encounter with your life and body intact, then you'd better comply, submit, obey orders, respect authority and generally do whatever a cop tells you to do.

The assurance of safety in exchange for compliance is a false, misguided doctrine that has us headed towards a totalitarian regime the likes of which the world has seen before... Resist!


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San Francisco ICE Offices, Wednesday April 1  photo by Oscar Salinas

By David Swanson

http://warisacrime.org/content/television-commercial-california-asks-drone-pilots-stop-killing 


This may be a first: a television ad campaign in a U.S. state capitol appealing to someone to stop murdering human beings who have, in most cases, already been born.

A new 15-second television ad, a variation on one that's aired in Las Vegas near Creech Air Force Base, is debuting this week in Sacramento, Calif. Take a look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESdmex_AA3I

The ad was produced by KnowDrones.com, and is cosponsored by Veterans for Peace/Sacramento, and Veterans Democratic Club of Sacramento. It is airing on CNN, FoxNews and other networks starting Tuesday in the Sacramento/Yuba City area, near Beale Air Force Base.

Producers and promoters of the ad campaign have planned a press briefing at 8:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday, March 31, at the main gate to Beale Air Force Base. The ad's appeal for pilots to "Refuse to Fly," they say, "is aimed at drone pilots, sensor operators, support personnel and their families as well as the general public."

While killing people with drones by the thousands has become so routine that elite lawyers argue for making "wartime" permanent, and the United States is selling armed drones to nations around the world without apparently the slightest consideration that any undesired consequences are possible, the reality of what is happening is rarely seen in U.S. media. Comcast cable has decided that the advertisement above cannot be shown before 10:00 p.m. because it shows a glimpse of what "targeted drones strikes" do.

Comcast is allowing the version below to air at all hours as it more closely resembles the rest of U.S. television content in hiding reality. It does state "U.S. drones have murdered thousands, including women and children."  "Murder," by the way, is the U.S. government's own terminology, and strictly accurate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEgPmlhlC7g

Nick Mottern, coordinator of KnowDrones.com, suggested that activists have focused on appealing directly to drone pilots because appealing to the U.S. government has become so hopeless. "The President and the Congress," he said, "refuse to respect law and morality and stop U.S. drone attacks, so we are asking the people who bear the burden of doing the actual killing to put a stop to it."

In fact, drone pilots are suffering post traumatic stress and moral injury in significant numbers, and dropping out in significant numbers. Information on all the factors involved in creating the current, and much desired, shortage of drone pilots is, of course, incomplete. For a discussion of the issue, listen to this week'sTalk Nation Radio with guest Brian Terrell.  Efforts are also alive and well to get armed drones banned or to at least stop the U.S. government from arming the world with them.

All-Out War in Yemen

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The United States is now involved in two air wars in the Middle East, allying with Iran in Iraq, and Saudis in Yemen, not to mention more widespread drone actions.

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Airstrikes led by Saudi Arabia [King Salman pictured with Obama to right], and supported by other members of Gulf Cooperating Council and the U.S. government, continued to hit Yemen on Thursday as the situation in one of the world's most impoverished, yet strategically important countries continues to unravel amid what can only be described now as all-out war.

Reports indicate that a first wave of bombings overnight which resulted in a number of civilian deaths--including entire families trapped in flattened houses--have spurred widespread anger in Sanaa and other targeted cities, even among members of the population opposed to the Houthi rebels who have now wrested control of much of the country from President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, whose whereabouts remain hard to establish.

The White House, reports Reuters, has said it is actively supporting the operation and President Obama has authorized U.S. "logistical and intelligence support" for the bombing campaign. 

see Sorrow and Rage

"U.S. involvement has taken Afghanistan to the brink of utter devastation. We have ruined Afghanistan so that we can claim to save it from ruin." -- Sonali Kolhatkar, Afghan Women's Mission

Obama extends America's longest war

Sunset the Forever War

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ISIS is Bad

Too many people are accepting an expansion of the U.S. war machine on the basis that "something has to be done about ISIS."

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham is a response to U.S. occupations, bombs, economic exploitation, and support of every reactionary regime in the Middle East. The wars on Afghanistan and Iraq have only strengthened the basis on which ISIS operates. But no party in the fight, not Islamic militias or the new Iraqi government paid for by the United States has "right" on its side. ISIS offers a disastrous future for the people, and is no damn good.

Pretense of "humanitarian aid" fails to disguise the true nature of U.S. imperialism. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was conducted in a lawless way, destroying education, legal, medical, water, sewage, security and electrical systems. When Iraqis rebelled, Bush's "surge" in 2007 handed out arms to Sunni and Shia, supporting death squads on both sides to set them against each other.

U.S. intervention left what had been a relatively secular country split along sectarian lines, with a weak puppet government, and a huge opening for Islamic fundamentalists to push for religious rule.

AUMF is Worse

"The United States doesn't actually declare war anymore--the last time it did was World War II--but Congress still sanctions American combat through authorizations for the use of military force." -- Joshua Keating, Slate.com.

War on Iraq has never helped the Iraqi People. Bombings, economic strangulation through sanctions, and occupation of Iraq for 24 years are responsible for uncounted deaths - possibly over 1 million - leaving a third of the population displaced, in need of emergency aid or dead. The U.S. began bombing Iraq again this summer, and now Syria, based on the lie that Islamic fundamentalist groups represent an immediate threat to the U.S.

Bush's 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) set into motion the drone war, torture, and mass warrantless spying. Under Obama's proposed AUMF the government will be free to wage endless, expanding wars all over the world without geographic limits. All of this imperial military doctrine is absolutely illegal, whether Congress approves it or not.

Authorization for a "blank check" on the Use of Military Force is stumbling, as it should... activists fight to repudiate the illegal infrastructure for 13 years of war crimes. 

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RALLY AND MARCH 
Saturday, March 21
12 Noon
Powell & Market, San Francisco

Next weekend marks the 12th Anniversary of 
Shock and Awe, the U.S.-led invasion and 
occupation of Iraq.  

In solidarity with the "Spring Rising" protest at the White House, we say: 

NO MORE U.S. War on Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen
U.S. INTERVENTION Fuels the Islamic State
NO GOOD Can Come of Military Action in the Middle East

Close to 2,500 people have been killed by U.S. drone strikes outside declared war zones since Obama's inauguration in 2009, nearly six times more deaths than under the Bush Regime.  

The criminal war of aggression by the U.S. government and allies helped to create the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) says former UN secretary general Kofi Annan: 

"I was against this invasion and my fears have been founded. The break-up of the Iraqi forces poured hundreds if not thousands of disgruntled soldiers and police officers onto the streets... The aim of creating democracy without the existing institutions ushered in corrupt sectarian governments."  

Annan added that the country has been unstable ever since, providing a huge opening for Islamic fundamentalists to push for religious rule.

Drone Warfare spurs growth of sectarian violence. Since President Obama unleashed his "weapon of choice" drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia the growth of ISIS has skyrocketed. With his decision to sell military drones to allied countries, the Nobel Peace Prize winner opens the door to world drone warfare. Exports promise a windfall for the aerospace industry, and misery for anyone challenging U.S. hegemony.

The World Can't Wait - Ground Killer Drones - End the U.S. War of Terror.

The SF event has been called and endorsed by ANSWER Coalition, Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), AYPAL - Building API Community Power, BAYAN-USA, Code Pink, Critical Resistance, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Middle East Children's Alliance, Mujeres Unidas Activas, Occupy Action Council San Francisco, Party for Socialism & Liberation, Cindy Sheehan, Socialist Viewpoint, Unitarian Universalists for Peace & Justice, WORD - Women Organized to Resist & Defend, and World Can't Wait.
A daily raise of about $50 is unlikely to slow the flight from desktop killing. The Air Force has had to press regular cargo and jet pilots into servicing the Pentagon's enormous demand for new techno-warriors.

One thing is clear: the pilots are not just killing "bad guys" and they know it because they see everything that happens before, during, and after a drone strike.

End the American War OF Terror

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"..when my country wipes out wedding parties in other lands or organizes torture regimes and offshore prison systems where anything goes, or tries to jail yet another whistleblower, when it acts cruelly, arbitrarily, or barbarically, I feel shock and wonder why more Americans don't have the same reaction." 

-- Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com

Ten Commandments for a better world


Photo: bodies of nine men killed in a U.S. drone strike on December 12, 2013 near the town of Radda, Yemen.  Nasser Al-Sane / Reprieve

Latest News From "Camp Justice"

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Metro police arrested Father Louis Vitale and 32 others early Friday for trespassing at Creech Air Force Base where 140 peace activists had gathered to protest U.S. drone operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan that are controlled remotely at the base, 45 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

The protesters blame operators of remotely piloted Predator and Reaper aircraft for killing innocent civilians with laser-guided Hellfire missiles and smart bombs.

"Shut down Creech!" the throng chanted after Las Vegas police gave a five-minute warning for the crowd to disperse as base personnel arrived...

Dozens arrested in three waves of civil disobedience

more photos here

International Women's Day, Sunday March 8, 10:00 am

Saint Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Geary, San Francisco

Salvatore Cordileone, long-time enemy of abortion rights and gay marriage, has imposed a "Morality Clause" on all the teachers in Catholic schools in San Francisco, which condemns the supposed "grave evils" of things like homosexuality, abortion & birth control, masturbation, and sex outside of marriage. San Francisco is home to over 90,000 LGBT people, and Cordileone and his dark ages politics are not welcome here. 

Come out and STAND UP! Love is NOT a sin, sex is NOT a sin, abortion is NOT a sin, and there is NOTHING SACRED or "moral" about keeping people down. 

REJECT Cordileone! REJECT patriarchy! REJECT a dark ages morality!

www.facebook.com/events/439899312831234

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