UNITED STATES OF ASSASSINATION: PEACE ACTIVISTS DISRUPT BRENNAN AND ANGRY VETERANS ATTEMPT TO TAKE THE LAW INTO THEIR OWN HANDS
In a week where CIA director nominee John Brennan was questioned on and defended US drone strikes and ideas of a court to regulate assassination were floated http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21373996 some among the American public openly displayed their resistance to US drone policy. Peace activists CodePink repeatedly interrupted Brennan’s confirmation hearing with former US diplomat Col Anne Wright waving the names of Pakistani children killed in drone strikes. Activists from the group had recently visited Pakistan to participate in a peace march to Waziristan organized by politician Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI )party that have long raised legal and ethical arguments against the use of targeted killing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6S9uR6KhFU
Speaking to Democracy Now, Medea Benjamin, co -founder of Code Pink and author of Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control voiced her concerns, “it’s not only the killing, it’s the terrorizing of entire populations, where they hear the drones buzzing overhead 24 hours a day, where they’re afraid to go to school, afraid to go to the markets, to funerals, to weddings, where it disrupts entire communities.” Benjamin stated “we are trying to get this information to our elected officials, to say, ‘You are making us unsafe here at home,’ to say nothing of how illegal, immoral and inhumane these policies are.” A video of the women disrupting Brennan can be seen on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQxO_PzCCvQ
In a discussion today with Norwegian Ingyerd Johansen who works in cross cultural management, we discussed the importance of more females being involved in conflict resolution which is inherently gender biased and generally left to those who initiated conflict in the first place. Johansen argued that “along with dialogue skills we certainly need to develop an understanding & tolerance towards other values and ways than our own. Learning more about each other is a good place to start – seeing that “different” doesn’t mean “bad”… and I also think that bringing in more women really could change the game! Women have another set of experiences on mediating and bridging disagreements.”
Meanwhile anti -drone activism took an unexpected twist in the US as former marines claiming to be part of the Occupy Movement objected to the fact that Christopher Dorner, former LAPD officer, Navy reservist, and trained marksman and the prime suspect in the murder of three people is being hunted down by a surveillance drone. Some activists fear that it is only one step from surveillance on US soil to being targeted by an armed drone and subsequent annhiliation. Dorner who formerly worked for the Los Angeles Police Department has a $1million bounty on his head and concerned authorities are considering the use of drone thermal imaging cameras to aid their search http://rt.com/usa/news/dorner-police-dhs-surveillance-941/
A transmission drafted by US Marine veterans involved in the Occupy Movement (and displayed on the wall of a former soldier, now peace activist, who served in Iraq) declared that they are prepared to offer Christopher Dorner a safe haven. Written as follows:-
Lt. Christopher Dorner we are prepared to receive you at your command.
We are an organization not associated with any American Law Enforcement agency. we do not, nor will, collaborate with such dishonorable organizations. We are veterans regulated by our own code of ethics; honor, courage, and commitment. We are not Veterans the powerful elite can intimidate, bully, or backdown.
We understand the LAPD has placed a standing kill order for your life and have collaborated with elements of the MSM to paint a picture of a rogue, troubled soul. Moreover, the FBI has been participative in the LAPD corruption culture and will serve the department to that same end, to kill you and bury the truth you carry.
What OMC offers is safe haven, a place to share with the public your side of the story. We offer the assurance that true justice will be preserved.
Contact us before it is too late. LAPD is not to be trusted.
For LAPD and the FBI: each day you pursue Lt. Christopher Dorner we will wage digital war upon your infrastructures.
We will not fail. Semper Fi Lt. God be with you.
Oath of Service
Marine Corps Values
Commitment to Civil Disobedience
In a time when non –violent peace activists are arrested and a President who presides over a drone programmes is rewarded with a Nobel Peace Prize, more and more ordinary civilian are beginning to ask whether there is one rule for government and authorities and one rule for them. Therefore we should not be too surprised if those who fought in America’s wars and turned their back on US aggression abroad are now developing their own rules to tackle what they now see as the United States of Assassination!
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”.