Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A brave lady Speaks out about the CIA Drone Strikes

"What about of the hundreds innocent people killing with our drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia? I speak out on behave of those innocent victims. They deserve an apology from you, Brennan. How many people are you willing to sacrifice? Why are you lying to the American people and not saying how many people have been killed? .... Shame on you!"

Those were words of this courageous lady (I couldn't confirm if she was an American journalist/activist or not) who spoke out to John O. Brennan, assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism who was giving a speech at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC on the 30th of April. His attempt to beautify the US administration "fight" against al-Qaeda was interrupted by the brave lady question/statement who were among the audience. Because she told the ugly truth that the US drone strikes at the mentioned countries are unfailingly killing hundreds of innocent civilians with no legitimate reason, the brave lady was dragged out of the room to silence her.

The CIA drone strik have been killing innocent people, including children in Yemen's southern part for couple years or so. A 16-year-old boy, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, Anwar al-Awlaki's son was killed in an air drone strike in September, 2011 with an allegiation that the young boy was one of al-Qaeda's militants.

According to the U.K.’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism, between 2004 and 2011, 385 civilians were killed in U.S. drone strikes. Of those statistics, the Bureau added that around half of the dead were children under the age of 18. A Pakistani human rights lawyer also said over 2,800 of the 3,000 people killed over the past seven years in drone strikes in Pakistan were civilians.