Drones, drones, and more drones

While our peace loving President gave another bland and erroneous speech at the UN today on how much America loves the Muslim world and democracy, a new report came out detailing the destructive and violent nature that the drone wars have been inflicting on the people of Pakistan.  The report is yet another damning look at how awful and illegal this particular policy is.  The report in entitled “Living Under Drones” and I urge anyone unfamiliar with the drone war to read it.  It is time that the American people wake up and throw off the shackles that our political overlord have placed upon us.  We do not need to be engaged in constant warfare in which we murder innocent people in order to make us “safe”.  This is the most counterproductive way of going about protecting America.  When you step into that voting booth in 42 days here are a few things you should think about.

(Via: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism)

CIA Drone Strikes in Pakistan 2004 – 2012

Total US strikes: 346
Obama strikes: 294
Total reported killed: 2,570-3,337
Civilians reported killed: 474-884
Children reported killed: 176
Total reported injured: 1,232-1,366
For the latest Pakistan strike data click here.

US Covert Action in Yemen 2002 – 2012

Total confirmed US operations (all): 52-62
Total confirmed US drone strikes: 40-50
Possible additional US operations: 117-133
Possible additional US drone strikes: 61-71
Total reported killed (all): 357-1,026
Total civilians killed (all): 60-163
Children killed (all): 24-34
For the latest data from Yemen click here.

US Covert Action in Somalia 2007 – 2012

Total US strikes: 10-22
Total US drone strikes: 3-9
Total reported killed: 58-169
Civilians reported killed: 11-57
Children reported killed: 1-3
For the complete data on Somalia click here.
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