Yesterday the government of Yemen has decided to not allow any US “boots on the ground” moving forward. This takes place after a Navy Seal raid on Jan 29th that killed 14 “enemy combatants” along with dozens of cilivians and children. The raid was carried out with minor intelligence, continuing to provide extremist groups with more recruiting opportunities.
The ban is not suprising for anyone who has followed the slaughter in Yemen bein carried out Saudi Arabia. The US has been carrying out its own black ops operation in the country for most of Obama’s years in office. The drone campaign in the rural part of the country helped Al Qaeda grow a foothold in the country.
US officials have said this ban does not include the drone strikes, which is par the course for a Yemeni government that has no real power over not only it’s country, but the foreign powers fighting a proxy war within it.
Pentagon set to open second drone base in Niger as it expands operations in Africa
The Pentagon is preparing to open a drone base in one of the remotest places on Earth: an ancient caravan crossroads in the middle of the Sahara. After months of negotiations, the government of Niger(WIKI), a landlocked West African nation, has authorized the U.S. military to fly unarmed drones from the mud-walled desert city of Agadez (WIKI), according to Nigerien and U.S. officials.
“Sen. Rand Paul has warned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he will place a hold on one of President Obama’s appellate court nominees because of his role in crafting the legal basis for Obama’s drone policy.”
In a not-so-shocking development, the NSA and the Senate will introduce a bill that takes the requirement that “the president to issue an annual public report clarifying the total number of “combatants” and “noncombatant civilians” killed or injured by drone strikes in the previous year. It did not require the White House to disclose the total number of strikes worldwide.”
4th Amendment crusader, Diane Feinstein has continued to come out in support of the drone strikes and this bill. Feinstein’s comments in the past have been filled with defense of the strikes. Including her “single digit “; comment about civilian deaths associated with drone strikes during the 2013 confirmation hear for CIA director John Brennan.
This new move by the Obama administration is another step-back in the fight for transparency.
The only confirmation we really have is that of a dog , so what do we really know? And was the deaths of up to 50 other Yemeni civilians worth the suspected death of a “bad guy”?
Ibrahim al-Asiri, the alleged mastermind of the 2009 underwear bomb attempt was the target of the raid by US Navy SEALs, who reportedly ambushed him in Yemen as he was traveling in a four-by-four vehicle somewhere near the town of al-Bayna yesterday.
Witnesses said the SEALs pelted al-Asiri’s car with bullets and that while the men inside the vehicle tried to return fire, they were no match for their ambushers. Sniffer dogs were reportedly used to identify al-Asiri, considered to be a high value target. The troops who killed al-Asiri are believed to have come from a secret US drone base in Saudi Arabia. US drone strikes reportedly killed more than 50 militants in Yemen over the weekend, in addition to the ambush on April 21.
This will quickly be swept under the rug by Eric Holder and the Justice Department. The Conservative media will not press the issue because the American killed was from the Middle East and his views sure are fodder for the “war on terror” crowd. Our only hope is that the liberal media step up. But from Jeremy Scahill’s last appearance of MSNBC suggests, good luck with that.
“In a case pitting executive power against the public’s right to know what its government does, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling preserving the secrecy of the legal rationale for the killings, such as the death of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen.
Ruling for the New York Times, a unanimous three-judge panel said the government waived its right to secrecy by making repeated public statements justifying targeted killings.
These included a Justice Department “white paper,” as well as speeches or statements by officials like Attorney General Eric Holder and former Obama administration counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, endorsing the practice.
The Times and two reporters, Charlie Savage and Scott Shane, sought the memorandum under the federal Freedom of Information Act, saying it authorized the targeting of al-Awlaki, a cleric who joined al Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate and directed many attacks.”
This might have a chance of getting traction because the New York Times is involved. The mainstream media has to point out any of their “journalists” actually do some courageous journalism.
The world’s largest drug dealers will continue their secret drone program in the heroin pipeline region of Pakistan and most likely Eastern Afghanistan. The Pakistan government has continue to “insist” the program be run by the CIA, NOT the U.S. military.
I wonder what the American people think.
The CIA has it’s new drug market. It’s outgrown the silly little cocaine trade of South America. I mean, heroin is pretty much legal in the United States at this point. In the form of pain-killers. Just ask ANYONE living in Florida or New Jersey.
And no, I don’t believe the CIA gives a shit about terrorism. Clearly no one over there is paying attention to the situation in northern Iraq.