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Drone Me Down on the Killing Floor



Lord knows, I should'a been gone
Lord knows, I should'a been gone
And I wouldn't've been here,
down on the killin' floor

         - Howlin' Wolf, Killing Floor

As convenient as it is for someone in a cubicle in the Nevada desert to press a button and incinerate a Pashtun wedding party in North Waziristan, now, with only a click, anyone can download a 359 KB file available on Amazon for only $8.99 - including free wireless delivery - and learn everything there is to learn about All Things Drone.

It's fitting that Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050 has been put together by Tom Engelhardt - editor, MC of the TomDispatch website and "a national treasure", in the correct appraisal of University of Michigan professor Juan Cole - and TomDispatch's associate editor Nick Turse, author of the seminal 2008 study The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives.

This is essentially Tom and Nick's revised and updated body of work detailing the uber-dystopian Dronescape over the past few years - spanning everything from secret Drone Empire bases to offshore droning; a Philip Dick-style exercise on a more than plausible drone-on-drone war off East Africa in 2050; and a postscript inimitably titled, "America as a Shining Drone Upon a Hill". It does beat fiction because it's all fact-based.

An MQ-1 Predator or an MQ-9 Reaper to go?

This digital file becomes even more crucial now that US and world public opinion knows US President Barack Obama is the certified Droner-in-Chief; the final judge, jury and digital Grand Inquisitor on which suspicious Muslim (for the moment, at least, they are all Muslims) will get his paradise virgins via targeted assassination.

Obama owns his newspeak-drenched "kill list". He decides on a "personality strike" (a single suspect) or a "signature strike" (a group). "Nominations" are scrutinized by Obama and his associate producer, counter-terrorism czar John Brennan. The logic is straight from Kafka; anyone lurking around an alleged "terrorist" is a terrorist. The only way to know for sure is after he's dead.

And the winner of the Humanitarian Oscar for Best Targeted Assassination with No Collateral Damage goes to… the Barack Obama White House death squad.

Targeted - and dissolved - throughout this grim process are also a pile of outdated concepts such as national sovereignty, set-in-stone principles of US and international law, and any category which until the collapse of the Soviet Union used to define what is war and what is peace. Anyway, those categories started to be dissolved for good already during the Bush administration - which "legalized" widespread CIA and Special Ops torture sessions and death squads.

Any self-respecting jurist would have to draw the inevitable conclusion; the United States of America is now outside international law - as rogue a state as they come, with The Drone Empire enshrined as the ultimate expression of shadow war.

Incinerate the faithful

Reading Terminator Planet inevitably evokes the incestuous interaction between Hollywood and the Pentagon. Even discounting the trademark wacky paranoia of Hollywood screenwriters and producers, a simple re-run of both the Robocop and Terminator series reveals this may end up badly.

And we're not even talking about a Revolt of the Drones - yet. In 2010 there was already a hint of juicy possibilities to come, when a RQ-170 Sentinel crash-landed in Western Iran via sophisticated jamming, and was duly reverse-engineered, to the delight of Iranians, Russians and the Chinese. The Pentagon hysterically denied it had been outmaneuvered.

The notion that a Drone Empire may win definitive control over what the Pentagon used to call the "arc of instability" between the Middle East and Central Asia - at the behest of Big Oil - is eminently laughable.

As laughable as the notion that a Drone Empire active in AfPak, Yemen, Somalia and soon in all points across the "arc of instability" will save the homeland from jihad, Sharia law, a new Caliphate set up by a bunch of fanatics, and all of the above.

Especially now that the Pentagon itself ditched the rhetoric - and is focused on a "pivoting" to face the potential peer competitor that really counts, China.

And US Army brigades (and Special Ops commandos) from 2013 onwards will be rotated all around the world - with an emphasis in Africa - according to a Pentagonese "regionally aligned force concept."

And Southcom has announced that Predator, Reaper and Global Hawk drones will be deployed in Central and South America for "anti-drug operations, counter-insurgency and naval vigilance".

As much as The Drone Empire is global, drones can only be effective if ground intelligence is effective. A simple example is enough. Ultimately, in AfPak, it's not Obama that decides on his "kill list". It's the Pakistani ISI - which relies the info that suits its contingencies to the CIA. And this while the Pentagon and the CIA keep working under the galactic illusion of absolute supremacy of American technology - when they cannot even neutralize an inflation of cheap, ultra low-tech IEDs.

Uncle Sam wants your ass

Americans must also worry about the Inland Drone Empire - as the pitifully unpopular US Congress and President Obama have now fully authorized their "integration" into American airspace by 2015; by 2020, they will number at least 30,000. For the moment, the Pentagon has "only" 7,000 drones (ten years ago there were less than 50).

Predictably, massive corporate lobbying by drone manufacturers such as General Atomics was key for the approval of the new legislation. There's even a drone caucus, with 55 Congressmen (and expanding), and a global lobby with 507 corporate members in 55 countries, the Association for Unmanned Vehicles International, which essentially sets the rules.

The Orwellian - and Philip Dick - overtones are inescapable; this is all about 24/7 drone surveillance of large swathes of the US population via radar, infrared cameras, thermal imaging, wireless "sniffers" and, crucially, crowd-control weapons. You better monitor the skies very closely before you even start thinking about protesting. And wait for the imminent arrival of nuclear-powered drones, which can go on non-stop for months, and not only days.

Tom and Nick's digital file is absolutely essential reading for contextualizing the lineaments of an already de facto surveillance state, where everyone is a suspect by definition, and the only "winner" is the military-industrial complex. Welcome to Motown as Dronetown: "Nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide…" Obama and the Dronellas, anyone?

Pepe Escobar

Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times and an analyst for the Real News Network. His latest book is Obama does Globalistan. He may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com.

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Dictatorship and militarism goes hand in hand. The movie the Matrix represents a totalitarian, Fascist, global Matrix  under Capitalism, while the Terminator represents frightful technology in the hands of Fascist, class elites.   Both Movies are parallel developments of present Fascist Amerikan Empire, yet as the slogan and Poster points out, the West and Amerika claim: "IT AINT FASCISM IF WE DO IT", a rendition of Nixon, Bush, Obama's false claims it isn't CRIMINAL, TOTALITARIAN, IF THE PRESIDENT DOES IT.   So many elites, deluded Amerikans will call  dictatorship and militarism everything BUT FASCISM:   Chris Hedges calls it Feudalism, others call it Distopia, McCarthyism, but it ain't Fascism if Amerika and the West promote dictatorship and militarism.  However, giving Chris Hedges his due, he calls this process INVERTED TOTALTIARIANISM, and some others call it ORWELLIANISM.  This secondary definition of dictatorship and militarism at least hints at SOME COMMON DENOMINATORS, not only with Fascism, but all forms of Totalitarianism, which are linked to our milleniums of failed class history. Class history produces failed class states, first as crippled, corrupt class republics and class democracies, and then degenerating through endless class compromises into class tyranny, class tyrants and class Empires where militarism becomes permanent.


Like all class deformed language, corrupt class terminology contributes to class myths, class dogmas, where ordinary people, even the elites themselves, become victims of their simplistic, deformed language, which becomes criminal policies and totalitarian, class propaganda justifying war crimes and war criminals.   If one thinks about it historicallly, there are similar, PARALLEL, corrupt class terminologies used by BUSH AND OBAMA and the Empire Presidents  from Truman to Reagan.  They call all, "terrorists" or "communist", anyone who resist Amerika's militarism and Fascist Police laws and client police dictatorships, military juntas imposed by our Fascist CIA.   In the Post World War II period, our Empire Presidents from TRUMAN TO REAGAN called all post colonial revolts against Western Fascist Capitalism "Communists", falsely conflating it to Stalinism, creating two deformed, self created class myths avoiding the issue of  Western imposed, CIA fascist regimes who opposed any form of anti colonialism.  The U.S. offered the French colonialists in Vietnam,  two nuclear bombs,  to defeat the anti colonial Vietnamese, which was followed by 4 million murdered by U.S. TROOPS and the fake attack, Gulf of Tonkin.    THE COMMON DENOMINATOR WITH ALL THESE CORRUPT TERMINOLOGIES IS THEIR LINK TO CLASS DEFORMED CIVIL SOCIETIES, WHICH HAS BEEN WITH US SINCE CLASS HISTORY BEGAN WITH PATRIARCHY.   All class systems invert social language, social concepts, into false conflated, substituted, co opted, corrupted class deformed language, where  words like "MILITANTS", is corruptly defined by the Fascist Pentagon, as dead civilians, women, infants, and toddlers to to justify class Empire, totalitarianism, and Western Fascism, INCLUDING TODAY'S FASCIST DEMOCRATS/OBAMA:



Drone Killings, Cyber Attacks, War on Whistleblowers: Does Obama Think He Is Above the Law?


The United States rains Hellfire missiles down on its enemies, with the president alone sitting in judgment of who will live and who will die by his hand.


http://www.alternet.org/rights/155838/drone_killings%2C_cyber_attacks%2C_war_on_whistleblowers%3A_does_obama_think_he_is_above_the_law/?page=entire


excerpt:


"The issue of whether the White House leaked information to support the president’s reelection while crushing whistleblower leaks it disfavors shouldn’t be seen as just another O’Reilly v. Maddow sporting event. What lies at the nexus of Obama’s targeted drone killings, his self-serving leaks, and his aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers is a president who believes himself above the law, and seems convinced that he alone has a preternatural ability to determine right from wrong.


If the President Does It, It’s Legal?..."


MSNBC LIBERALS ASK THE WRONG QUESTIONS AND MISS THE FUNDAMENTAL WAR CRIMES OF OBAMA.


Anyone resisting Western Fascism or its proto fascist, totalitarian Capitalism  is called a terrorist, militant, or previously, a communist, itself false labeling, confusing the STALINIST TYRANNY, its deformed outcome to all social theories including communism. Stalinism was a deformed class outcome, caused by its subordination by dominant class/empire forces. PARALLEL TOTALITARIAN OUTCOMES, FASCISM AND STALINISM, BOTH LINKED TO CLASS TYRANNY and the parasitic class control, which deforms civil societies.  The ancient Greeks labeled correctly, the common denominator, failed class process, to class deformed civil societies and linked it, also,  to a degenerating, totalitarian class outcome.  Totalitarianism, militarism, dictatorship are inherent in all class states, reflecting not only the failure of class states, but the failure of the whole of class history, which always produces A ZERO SUM game, negating social power, through EXCLUSION,  having co opted, usurped social control and its social historical mechanism from the Matriarchy.   Social reforms, social forces, democracy was never indepedenent, indivisible,  but first crippled, as class republics degenerating into class tyrannies and militaristic Empires.    This was true milleniums ago when Patriarchy enslaved humanity and deformed its human Nature right through Late Capitalism and Western Fascism.   For this reason, the social Enlightenment and all of its social thinkers realized that only, real SOCIAL CONTROL, independent social, middle classes, established around the world, as the social agency, free from class degeneration, totalitarianism would end class history.    The Orwellian, totalitarian class/parasitical, deformed social principle  defines all class principles.  Therefore, there was a reason why the Western world and its intelligenstia, as clas elites DENIED THE CONNECTION BETWEEN FASCISM AND CAPITALISM, to hide the failure of class states and class history, hence hiding the historical connection throughout Patriarchal class history, BETWEEN ALL FORMS OF TOTALITARIANISM LINKED TO CLASS HISTORY, CLASS DEFORMED CIVIL SOCIETIES.


For this reason, the MILITARY DEFEAT by mostly Russia, and Western nations of NAZI GERMANY, COULD NOT END FASCISM, ideologically, it could  only end its Fascist military through military defeat.   In fact, Western culture was GENERICALLY infected with TOTALITARIANISM, PROTO FASCISM, where many Western states, including under FDR and America was accosted by FASCIST PUTSCHES, much like the CIA routinely puts into place around the world by the RULING FASCIST CAPITALIST FAMILIES inside the U.S.   They all embrace the ZERO SUM GAME and INVERTED  TOTALITARIAN, ORWELLIAN CLASS PRINCIPLE , THAT HAS  PARASITICAL CONTROL OF WEALTH AND LABOR, THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION AND FALSELY CALLED IT "JOB CREATION."     In fact social wealth, social labor, global middle classes ARE THE MEANS FOR OPTIMAL JOB CREATION and  not the blood sucking PARASITES, FASCISTS THAT NOW RULE THE WORLD.  AMERIKA ONLY REPLACED NAZI GERMANY FOR ITS OWN FASCISM , IN THE SAME WAY THE FAILED CLASS STATE OF ISRAEL WAS BORN THROUGH ETHNIC CLEANSING AND APARTHEID, WHICH  BECAME TOTALITARIAN AND FASCIST ZIONISM.    FREE MARKETS ARE FALSELY CONFLATED WITH TOTALITARIAN FASCIST MARKETS JUST AS THE NAZIS FALSELY CONFLATED WORK, SLAVERY IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS AS "FREEDOM".   ALL CLASS PARTIES , ALL CLASS SYSTEMS MUST DEGENERATE INTO TOTALITARIANISM, FASCISM TODAY, AND ONLY THE REMOVAL OF CLASS HIERARCHES, CLASS POLITICIANS, CLASS PARTIES WILL END FASCISM, WAR AND CLASS HISTORY:


Leak Cracks Open Trans-Pacific Partnership Scandal


http://www.opednews.com/populum/linkframe.php?linkid=151653


SO NOW THE FASCIST OBAMA, FASCIST DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS INVOLVED IN A FASCIST CONSPIRACY TOWARDS GLOBAL FASCIST CAPITALISM IS CALLED A "SCANDAL", BUT NOT FASCISM.     IT AIN'T FASCISM IF THE WHOLE WORLD HAS BECOME A GLOBAL DICTATORSHIP AND NATO MILITARISM.......DELUSIONS  LIKE THIS WILL MEAN WE WILL ALL BECOME SLAVES AND DRONES FOR WAR.

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