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I was listening to "On the Media" yesterday on my local NPR station .

The Week in Drones
When a report was mentioned ,
Following nine months of intensive research—including two investigations in Pakistan, more than 130 interviews with victims, witnesses, and experts, and review of thousands of pages of documentation and media reporting—this report presents evidence of the damaging and counterproductive effects of current US drone strike policies. Based on extensive interviews with Pakistanis living in the regions directly affected, as well as humanitarian and medical workers, this report provides new and firsthand testimony about the negative impacts US policies are having on the civilians living under drones.
Living Under Drones

Much of the public debate about drone strikes in Pakistan has focused narrowly on whether strikes are ‘doing their job’—i.e., whether the majority of those killed are “militants.” That framing, however, fails to take account of the people on the ground who live with the daily presence of lethal drones in their skies and with the constant threat of drone strikes in their communities.

The most direct impacts of strikes, in addition to injuries and killings, include property damage, and often severe economic hardship and emotional trauma for injured victims and surviving family members. Importantly, those interviewed for this report also described how the presence of drones and capacity of the US to strike anywhere at any time led to constant and severe fear, anxiety, and stress, especially when taken together with the inability of those on the ground to ensure their own safety. Further, those interviewed stated that the fear of strikes undermines people’s sense of safety to such an extent that it has at times affected their willingness to engage in a wide variety of activities, including social gatherings, educational and economic opportunities, funerals, and that fear has also undermined general community trust. In addition, the US practice of striking one area multiple times, and its record of killing first responders, makes both community members and humanitarian workers afraid to assist injured victims.
If its true that we are killing first responders and humanitarian workers ,
we have become what we are said to be fighting .

The show is well worth a listen and the report is well worth a read , imho .

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Comment Preferences

  •  ... into butterflies ... (0+ / 0-)

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 07:33:19 PM PST

  •  At the confirmation hearings (6+ / 0-)

    last week, Dianne Feinstein and John Brennan claimed that the number of civilian deaths were in the "single digits".

    When you read the Living Under Drones report, it's pretty clear that "single digits" is a blatant lie.

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 08:02:37 PM PST

  •  I have to wonder -- (0+ / 0-)

    when Pakistan turns into the next southern Vietnam...

    "There's nothing heroic about earning profit." -Odo, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    by Cassiodorus on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 08:32:08 PM PST

  •  Theses drone attacks are obviously (3+ / 0-)
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    Roadbed Guy, Bisbonian, gooderservice

    not saving any Americans from imminent danger. They do , however, serve as an excellent way to transform angry relatives of innocent victims into future terrorists. The money spent on drone attacks would do us less harm if we gave it directly to terrorists.
    On the Media is one of my favorite podcasts. Intelligent, interesting, thoughtful programming.

  •  Pakistan has put the US on notice (2+ / 0-)
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    that the drone attacks are a "red line"

    Smarting under the U.S. drone attacks it calls a violation of its sovereignty and international law, Pakistan has threatened to withhold cooperation with the United States on counter-terrorism operations until the drone strikes stop.

    Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's ambassador to Washington, said Tuesday that the continuing drone strikes are a "red line," but she declined to say whether Pakistan would order its U.S.-made F-16 fighters to shoot down the drones.

    "I can't speak to that issue," Rehman said at a breakfast meeting with reporters. But she insisted that Pakistan does not privately okay drone strikes inside Pakistan. "I can assure you there is no quiet complicity in this, there is no question of a wink and a nod," said Rehman, a powerful Pakistani politician who graduated with honors from Smith College in Northampton, Mass. [..]

    Rehman repeated the objections to the drone strikes frequently voiced by Pakistani officials and critics around the world: that they create deep resentment on the ground in Pakistan and elsewhere; that they radicalize people who had tried to stand against terrorists; that the al Qaeda leadership is decimated anyway; and that in the long term it harms U.S. and Pakistan efforts against terrorists.

    This plan is not going well.

    "Information is power. But like all power there are those who want to keep it for themselves" Aaron Swartz, 1986 - 2013

    by TheMomCat on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 09:36:42 PM PST

    •  Oooh, they've threatened to withhold support! (1+ / 0-)
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      Do the US imperialists really care?

      "There's nothing heroic about earning profit." -Odo, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

      by Cassiodorus on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:05:35 AM PST

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      •  Apparently this meeting (1+ / 0-)
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        was very heated and there was unconfirmed word that the Pakistanis were threatening to shoot down the drones. That was why the question about using US fighter jets was raised. US action in those remote mountainous regions is causing a lot of problems for the Pakistan government

        "Information is power. But like all power there are those who want to keep it for themselves" Aaron Swartz, 1986 - 2013

        by TheMomCat on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:15:06 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

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