Sunday, January 11, 2015

AMERICA'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH DARK SIDE / DRONE ATTACKS


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America is still exploring Dick Cheney's dark side path of fear through Drone attacks and that path has led to anger, hate and immense suffering as well as significant blowback. As a result, we have obviously not only lost track of who we are but also our moral bearings. Like a Black Hole in space, unless we begin to explore the path of light and our evolutionary innate need to love as well as social cooperation and altruism ~ we will eventually be consumed and destroyed by the dark side: Allen L Roland, Ph.D


President Obama has killed more people with drones than died on 9/11. On January 06, 2015 as reported in "ICH"  Washington's Blog  ~ Law school teacher Marjorie Cohn, president of the National Lawyers Guild wrote  "Obama has killed more people with drones than died on 9/11. Many of those killed were civilians, and only a tiny percentage of the dead were al-Qaeda or Taliban leaders."

Guess what, She is correct .…

Excerpt:

"The Council on Foreign Relations estimates that U.S. drone strikes outside of Iraq and Afghanistan have killed 3,674 people. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports that up to 4,404 people have been killed ~ just in Pakistan and Yemen alone ~ between 2004 and 2014. While it’s hard to estimate how many additional people have been killed by drone in Iraq and Afghanistan, a December 2012 report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that US and UK forces had carried out over 1,000 drone strikes in Afghanistan over the previous five years.  Given that numerous people are often killed by  each drone strike, it is reasonable to assume that several thousand people have been killed by drones in that country. And many Iraqis have also been killed by drones … long before ISIS even appeared on the scene.    So ~ altogether ~ the number of people killed by drones is probably well above five thousand…..In contrast,  under 3,000 people were killed on 9/11….  The West is intentionally targeting farmers, small-time drug dealers and very low-level Taliban members with drone assassination. And the process for deciding who to put on the “kill list” is flawed. People are often targeted by the metadata on their phones, a process which a former top NSA official called the drone assassination program “undisciplined slaughter.

See article ~ http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40635.htm#.VKyvUclNdn4.email

 
Make no mistake it ~ Obama's targeted Drone assassinations are a trip on Cheney's infamous dark side and we are still on that path with our current ongoing Drone attacks and obvious blowback. The White House let the CIA run wild, under Cheney's directions ~ but more importantly Obama and the Democrats are letting them get away with it.
Marcy Wheeler, ICH, spells it all out ~  This Was Dick Cheney's Coup:
Why America's Torture "Reform" Is A Total Sham

Excerpt: " Until you note that the summary language makes it clear the White House itself decided to keep the torture program hidden from Powell. Or you read the fine print that describes how White House counsel Alberto Gonzales first eliminated any mention of waterboarding from talking points that would be used to brief the president. Then someone (Cheney) ~ the report doesn’t say who ~ informed “‘Dr. Rice … that there would be no briefing of the President on this matter,’ but that [CIA Director George Tenet] had policy approval to employ the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques.”After 9/11, CIA worked together with the White House to craft a programmatic “Finding” authorizing a range of counterterrorism policies that would give CIA significant flexibility in implementing those policies, while giving the White House enhanced deniability about their conduct …The White House used that “finding” not just to authorize torture, but also to authorize CIA’s drone-killing of top al-Qaida officials, a policy Obama expandedBut aren’t drone strikes targeted attacks on terrorists … unlike 9/11, which was an attack on civilians?  Unfortunately, no …The West is intentionally targeting farmers, small-time drug dealers and very low-level Taliban members with drone assassination. And the process for deciding who to put on the “kill listis flawed.  People are often targeted by the metadata on their phones, a process which a former top NSA official called the drone assassination program “undisciplined slaughter.” And people are targeted for insanely loose reasons.  As the New York Times reported in 2012 See article ~ http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40657.htm


Mamana Bibi was a 67-year-old Pakistani grandmother and midwife, killed by a U.S. drone strike on October 24, 2012. One year ago, the family of Mamana Bibi came to Washington, D.C., to share their sad story with Members of Congress.  Only five Members of Congress came to hear this family's testimony. Only five listened to the real impact of one of America's most ruthless, extrajudicial, error-laden and enemy-producing war policies. The briefing was organized by both Rep. Alan Grayson, and Director Robert Greenwald. It was part of their effort to change discourse about drone warfare. It also led the release of a new drone documentary, Unmanned: America's Drone Wars. The film told these and other drone victims' stories, focused on the government's shadowy "signature strike" policy which allowed spy agencies to target and kill hundreds based on suspicion alone, and posed difficult questions that far too many lawmakers and national security officials still want to evade or duck.

America's Drones Are Still Killing Scores of Innocents ~ Three minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OvhAFyeGk4&feature=player_embedded

Drone warfare is thinly disguised mental and emotional torture ~ an act of intimidation and control meant to terrorize and subjugate its victims. It has slid us deeper into Dick Cheney's dark side of fear and we are losing our soul in the process ~ a risk many Americans are willing to take but not all Americans.


“A drone strike is a terror weapon, we don’t talk about it that way. It is; just imagine you are walking down the street and you don’t know whether in 5 minutes there is going to be an explosion across the street from some place up in the sky that you can’t see. Somebody will be killed, and whoever is around will be killed, maybe you’ll be injured if you’re there. That is a terror weapon. It terrorizes villages, regions, huge areas. It’s the most massive terror campaign going on by a long shot.”  ~  Noam Chomsky

Allen L Roland, Ph.D
http://allenlrolandsweblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/americas-love-affair-with-dark-side.html

 
Heart centered spiritual consultant and advisor Allen L Roland can be contacted at  allen@allenroland.com . Allen is also a lecturer and writer who shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website allenroland.com. He is also a featured columnist on Veterans Today and  guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net

 

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  1. “The fear of loss is a path to the Dark Side.” - Yoda

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