So what sort of asshole do you have to be to think this is a good idea?

The CIA is seeking authority to expand its covert drone campaign in Yemen by launching strikes against terrorism suspects even when it does not know the identities of those who could be killed, U.S. officials said.

Securing permission to use these “signature strikes” would allow the agency to hit targets based solely on intelligence indicating patterns of suspicious behavior, such as imagery showing militants gathering at known al-Qaeda compounds or unloading explosives.

Let’s see here….

  • OH HEY, did you forget that aside from still occupying Iraq (it’s still occupying if/when we use mercenaries instead of the Army), waging war in Afghanistan, and drone bombing Pakistan, Obama’s been pretty fond of bombing Yemen? But whatever, I guess, one mostly-Muslim country is as good to bomb as the next…
  • So rather than have solid intelligence on who it’s bombing, which often has results that are horrible enough in themselves, the CIA wants more authority to just say “OH FUCK IT, BOMBS AWAY”
  • In case you’re wondering what sort of bad things might happen, specifically in Yemen, CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO WITH INTERVIEWS OF SOME OF THE SURVIVING VICTIMS OF OBAMA’S FIRST (KNOWN) AUTHORIZED CIA DRONE BOMBING IN YEMEN WHEREIN 41 CIVILIANS (21 children, 14 women) WERE MURDERED
  • In re: that bombing of Al Majala one of the main reasons we know it was the US that carried it out was wikileaks cables which revealed a meeting between Ali Abdullah Saleh and Patreaeus where it was agreed U.S. involvement would be concealed. Originally the Yemeni gov’t tried to take responsibility for the attack
  • In the same way Barack Obama is a fucking war criminal, the CIA is a bunch of fucking terrorists.
  • Despite all this my grandma still thinks Barack Obama is a Muslim… he’s just “very good at hiding it” …….
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jonathan-cunningham:

pantslessprogressive:

paxamericana:

Women and children had their hands tied behind their back and were shot in the head in house raid, which was covered up by the military

As revealed by a State Department diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks last week, US forces committed a heinous war crime during a house raid in Iraq in 2006, wherein one man, four women, two children, and three infants were summarily executed.”

Infants. Executed. And Dick Cheney doesn’t think the war hurt our reputation. How about now?

The only person who will be punished for this is Bradley Manning. He won’t be punished for executing civilians, mind you, but rather for informing the public of the executions. 

just thought I’d point out that this means Condaleeza Rice knew about this incident… Anyone even pretending she’d ever face any consequences?

Ah yes, right, the “invisible” hand of the market backhanding another poor and indebted nation….

And why? Because 61 cents an hour for Haitian laborers was just too much for Hanes and Levis to stomach and Obama was of course willing to accommodate. So next time you wonder why Haiti’s so poor and full of human and environmental strife…

Secret diplomacy is a necessary tool for a propertied minority which is compelled to deceive the majority in order to subject it to its interests. Imperialism, with its dark plans of conquest and its robber alliances and deals, developed the system of secret diplomacy to the highest level. The struggle against the imperialism which is exhausting and destroying the peoples of Europe is at the same time a struggle against capitalist diplomacy, which has cause enough to fear the light of day…
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