Protest the ongoing use of unmanned drones

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In New York, 33 people were arrested outside a military drone base at Hancock Air Field. More than 150 activists turned out to protest the ongoing use of unmanned drones running missions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and several other nations that we both know about and don’t know about.

The activists said that our nation’s use of drones is a “illegal use of force against another nation.” Afghanistan and Pakistan agree – and have called on the United States to discontinue drone missions in their nations.

Thom Hartmann Administrator's picture
Thom Hartmann A...
Dec. 29, 2009 10:59 am


Just exactly what are the targets of the drones is my question? We know they're building the TAPI Turkmenistan, Afganistan, Pakistan, India pipeline, formerly Centgas from the Caspian Sea Basin to India and the Arabian Sea for world markets, mainly Asia. We know that and we know our military has mostly subdued the Taliban resistance to that pipeline project and remains in Afghanistan and Pakistan as some self appointed police force.

I think the drones would be a perfect implement to patrol up and down the pipelines looking for possible sabatours. Drones would be able to cover a lot more ground a lot faster and would be much more responsive than ground troops. The official excuse for having them there is to route out terrorist groups which brings up another question. If a foreign military force invaded our country in order to steal our natural resources would the people comprising an American armed resistance be called terrorists/insurgents or patriots/heroes?

Choco's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Usage denotes profit.

If there wasn't a 1200% markup on these devices, there wouldn't be such a wide array of folks finding rationale for buying and deploying them.

Return to the WWII ethic of making War Department stuff in the U.S. and enforcing the 20% maximum Gross Profit on War Goods (for those corporations insufficiently patriotic to produce them at a break-even rate for the War effort).

Rodger97321's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

In my life America has always turned a deaf ear to the causalities of war that aren't Americans. They don't seem to count - never have. Drones solve the problem of American soldier deaths. There aren't any. The politicians will take away birth control before they stop, or even curtail the drone program. Sad, very sad, but true.

Jul. 16, 2010 10:41 am

Drone Photos. They are further advanced than you could ever imagine, and expanding.

bamboo's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

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