They Risked Their Lives for the Truth: Please Listen to Scahill and Rowley

8:31 am in Uncategorized by wendydavis

It’s likely they need no introduction or explanations of their proven credibility as dedicated and brave journalists.  If you seriously can’t afford to take the twenty-nine minutes to watch, here is a very abbreviated version.

On Feb. 3 at The Guardian, Naomi Wolf published ‘JSOC: Obama’s Secret Assassins’.  She writes that ‘The President has a clandestine network targeting a ‘kill list’ justified by secret laws. How is that different than a death squad?’  She praises ‘Dirty Wars’, and calls the shadow CIA/JSOC/mercenary armies operating with impunity and virtually no accountability ‘the biggest story in our nation’s contemporary history.

From the Guardian:

US news organisations are facing accusations of complicity after it emerged that they bowed to pressure from the Obama administration not to disclose the existence of a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia despite knowing about it for a year.

Glen Ford at Black Agenda Report ‘Fleets of Drones Descend on Africa’ lists far more drone bases on the continent than I’d known.

In the very heart of the African continent, the 17,000-man United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo wants to use U.S. drones to monitor armed groups in the region, where U.S. Special Forces are also operating. Those drones would be deployed under much the same UN Security Council language that NATO used to launch its war against Libya, in 2011, allowing “all necessary measures…to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack.”

At the same time, another section of the United Nations is about to launch an investigation into the legality of U.S. drone warfare in Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan. Thus, it is possible that the United Nations Security Council could wind up calling in American drones to attack people in the Congo region, while the U.N.’s special rapporteur for human rights and counterterrorism is investigating whether U.S. drone warfare violates international law.

How ironic.

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