The American government issues no apologies about the attacks and says killing innocent people in order to fight the endless war on terror is the price to pay for the security of the homeland and its assets abroad.
The Obama administration has acknowledged for the first time it murdered four Americans, one of them deliberately, in drone attacks in Yemen and Pakistan. This announcement was carefully prepared and quietly put out before Obama spoke about American national security policy.
The deaths of the four Americans was recognized by Attorney General Eric Holder, the same man involved in the Fast & Furious gun-running scandal and who said in Congress that he did not know anything about the blatant spying practices on the media. in a letter sent Wednesday to the leaders of both parties in Congress in which he defends the decision to kill one of them, the most famous of all, Anwar al-Awlaki, Holder says it was a measure that was “legitimate and just.”
Everyone has known about the U.S. involvement in the killing of Americans and non-Americans abroad for some time, including the death of Al-Awlaki, who was blown up by a missile sent from a U.S. drone in the territory of Yemen in September 2011, but that the government had not admitted. As it has been of public knowledge, the United States has kept a not so secret drone program for a while, and it has employed unwarranted killings in other countries such as Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, etc.
In its submission to Congress, Holder also recognizes the death of two other American citizens. First, Samir Khan, who died in the same attack. Al-Awlaki’s son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, died in another drone bombing in Yemen a few months later. ALong with these three men, a fourth person, also an American citizen was murdered in Pakistan. His name was Mohammed Jude. According to Eric Holder, Jude was killed by a drone in Pakistan, in November 2011.
Holder said in its submission that only the death of Al-Awlaki was premeditated. The other three were circumstantial. He added that in the first case, Al-Awlaki was a leader of Al Qaeda who was very influential on the Internet, which supposedly plotted to attack the United States. Holder, however, did not admit, although it is a widely known fact, that Al-Awlaki was a double agent who dined at the Pentagon in Washington DC.
“The information available, and that remains classified to protect sources and methods of obtaining it, makes clear Awlaki’s involvement in planning numerous plots against U.S. and Western interests, and shows that he was involved in these plots until the time of his death,” said the Justice Department communication. The DOJ still believes that the public awards credibility to its letters, just because they are the official word from the office, even though the lack of trust in almost all government offices and agencies is palpable everywhere. For the Obama administration, secrecy and lies are the order of the day; even more so then in previous administrations.
On Thursday Obama announced new rules, his new rules, on the use of drones. He said that the weapons are key in the fight for liberty, although during his administration the murders perpetrated by unmanned aerial vehicles have caused much criticism against the president. The drones, while supposedly mitigating the risks of terrorist attacks and, supposedly diminishing the number of accidental deaths, have actually cost more lives, just not American lives, and that is why those murders go unpunished.
In the case of drones, their use has multiplied in the first four years of the current American government. Attacks on sovereign nations became the new normal even when countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan have formally denounced that the bombings because of the deaths they cause among innocent civilians. The question for Obama and his gang of thugs is, how will droning less make any difference when the victims of the attacks are almost always innocent people? If force alone cannot make a country safe, why is he still using brute force? Why are U.S. troops still oppressing people abroad? Why are people still being held without trial? Why is the U.S. still torturing?
Why is the U.S. government kidnapping activists from the streets, putting them in jail and charging them with non-existent crimes? Why is the U.S. government OK with using drones at home? When will drones be used to kill Americans on U.S. soil?
Luis R. Miranda is the Founder and Editor of The Real Agenda. His 16 years of experience in Journalism include television, radio, print and Internet news. Luis obtained his Journalism degree from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, where he graduated in Mass Media Communication in 1998. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Among his most distinguished interviews are: Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres and James Hansen from NASA Space Goddard Institute. Read more about Luis.