Living Under Drones: "To live under drones is to live in terror. People hear them day and night. They are an inescapable presence, the looming specter of death from above. No one knows who is on the American kill list..."
Continuing Devastating U.S. War Crimes
During the tumultuous months of the presidential campaign, most Americans heard nothing of this report in the (Minneapolis-St. Paul) Star Tribune (that originally appeared in The Los Angeles Times): "To live under drones is to live in terror." Based on a study by Stanford University and New York University, it was written by Jennifer Gibson, who was one of the on-site researchers of this startling account of the CIA pilotless drones' killings in Pakistan under the enthusiastic authority of President Barack Obama.
Gibson is on the staff of the London-based international human rights organization Reprieve, whose carefully documented work I have frequently cited in these columns.
"Drones," she wrote, after spending weeks in North Waziristan, "are a constant presence ... with as many as six hovering over villages at any one time. People hear them day and night. They are an inescapable presence, the looming specter of death from above. And that presence is steadily destroying a community twice the size of Rhode Island."
Here is the horror that is being inflicted on these people in our nation's name: "Parents are afraid to send their children to school. Women are afraid to meet in markets. Families are afraid to gather at funerals for people wrongly killed in earlier strikes ...
"What makes this situation even worse is that no one can tell people in these communities what they can do to make themselves safe. No one knows who is on the American kill list, no one knows how they got there and no one knows what they can do to get themselves off."
Among the more than 60 people Gibson interviewed were survivors of the strikes, and those who had lost loved ones and family.
And dig this, my fellow Americans: "All of them live under the constant threat of annihilation."