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New Film on Drone Attacks in Afghanistan, "Silent Screams"


By Ralph Lopez - Posted on 12 May 2010

"Waking from a dream as she slept comfortably in a remote Kurdish village in Northeastern Iran, Karla Hansen stared wide-eyed at the ceiling. Across the border in Afghanistan, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), controlled by American pilots sitting in front of video screens inside the U.S. were dropping bombs on the poorest of Afghanistan’s poor. Hundreds of children, beautiful children, like those who welcomed her every day during her visit to Iran, had already perished. On that night, Hansen made a promise to herself. She would make a film to document the effects of the drones through the eyes of innocent children and families with no place left to run." -- From the website of the new documentary "Silent Screams"

The producer is asking concerned citizens to please submit Silent Screams to air on Public Access Television channels with this link to the Indemnification and Authorization release form signed by Director/Producer Karla Hansen.

"[Killiing by drones] is so cruel as to be beyond the pale of human tolerance." ~Senior British judge Lord Bingham of Cornill

"this unlawful program fits the academic defiinition of 'terrorism.' Drone attacks are unlawful, indiscriminately kill civilians, create fear and are ideologically driven for a political goal." ~Carl Herman, LA County Nonpartisan Examiner

Prosecute them all.

I had thought these were mostly being used in northern Pakistan, while helicopter gunships and manned war planes, bombers and others, were what was mostly used in Iraq and Afghanistan, besides raids by murdering soldiers, tanks, etcetera, on the ground. I was aware that drones were used in Afghanistan along the border with Pakistan starting near the end of the Bush-Cheney administration, but thought there was a lot more bombing done with manned aircraft than with drones in Afghanistan.

I emphasize that that's what I thought the situation was in Afghanistan, for I think the strikes in Pakistan have been mostly, or else only, with drones.

The documentary should be good even if my above impression is true for Afghanistan, for manned aircraft haven't been really better used than drones have been. It's murder in very indiscrimate ways, either way, and without being sure, I think the indiscriminate killing by the U.S. is what the film is primarily about.

Being attacked with drones controlled by people across the planet or in any distant, remote (and "cozy") location can certainly seem more frightening and disgusting, or outrageous, but there haven't been any good forms of killing by the U.S et al in any of these war zones. Whoever thinks wars of aggression are redeemable is someone who is thoughtless, and callous.

These are all wars of complete aggression, not a single part has been justifiable, legal, moral, ... They've only been evil. The lies that got people to support the wars were evil, the pre-planning was evil, and everything since about these wars has been evil.

I agree that the drone operators operating the drones from the U.S. or anywhere safe has been especially angering, outrageous, disgusting, etcetera for me. But these are wholly criminal and evil wars, more criminal than the what the Nazis did, even; because they didn't establish the U.N. and weren't so-signatories to the UN Charter, etcetera, but the U.S. and its allies did.

So the sick, wicked, vicious, ... use of the unmanned drones for killing many people, mostly all innocent, though the Taliban are also rather innocent in the war in Afghanistan and its extension into Pakistan, won't cause me to forget the extreme, supreme and total criminality of this or any part of these wars.

Remember the extremely genocidal attack on Fallujah in 2004?

The Taliban are innocent, I dare say?

Sure, but it's in a relative sense. They did not attack the U.S. They did offer to either put Osama bin Laden on trial themselves according to Sharia Law, or to hand him over, and they did this based on the legitimate condition that sufficient preliminary proof that he was credibly guilty for the 9/11 attacks be provided. They made the offer three times and the U.S. criminally refused to provide any evidence against OBL for 9/11. And, the U.S. still has not charged him for 9/11. He still remains uncharged, today, and it's due to lacking evidence. This was stated by an FBI official who was asked why OBL hadn't been charged for 9/11, since this claim the Bush administration made was the stated, official reason for the war on the Taliban, with a little news propaganda about the U.S supposedly seeking to either capture or kill OBL, who remains uncharged for 9/11.

He denied responsiblity for 9/11 and the U.S. still hasn't charged him, for the U.S. doesn't have proof that we was guilty. And it is likely enough that he died before the end of 2001, too. The U.S. elites know the latter likelihood, also, but continue to lie about it by pretending to not know this.

Anyway, even the Taliban have been and remain very innocent relative to this war launched on them and Afghanistan, and then criminally extended it into northern Pakistan. They had some cultural and/or religious corrections to make for women's rights and may've committed crimes in operations for the US, covert ops, but I don't know enough of the factual history or proof, so can't say more than a little of what I've read about their operations with the CIA, etcetera. However, regarding this war since 2001, they are relatively innocent. They perhaps killed some innocent civilians when carrying out attacks against workers of the US puppet regime there, but their tally of crimes in this war is very minuscle compared to the crimes and criminality of the aggressors.

It was a wholly criminal war of aggression and this can't be really changed while the criminal aggressors remain in control and continue to war there. It's not only occupation, for the U.S. and its allies continue to war there, always criminally.

And they criminally have been working on reviving a very profitable international drug trade, for heroin, which the Taliban had drastically reduced.

The profit is huge, for it's much more than the street value reported by the U.N. The total profit, which I believe is somewhere between 50 and 60 times more than the street value, is made with the laundering through major banks and the bamkers know this. It makes the profitability skyrocket. It might possibly amount to more than could be made from Caspian area oil and natural gas, but if not more than that, then it's still HUGE profit. I think the total after or with the laundering through major banks is around six trillion dollars a year, and this apparently might be what saved some major banks from collapsing, say, during the economic crisis that continues.

I learned about those huge profits from a recent interview on the Alex Jones Show (videos at Youtube), and this was with either Max Keiser or Bob Chapman. One of those two people spoke considerably with Alex Jones about the huge profitabilty of the international heroin, and cocaine, trade once the money is laundered through international banks. The person stated the figures and I think they said the UN-reported street value is or has become estimated at around $120bn a year with this war, but the laundering makes the profits around $6TN, yearly. They compared this to what the profits could be from Caspian Sea region oil and natural gas, and I believe they said these would be of lower profit figures; but am not sure if they said lower. They did emphasize the huge profit from the drug-money laundering and that this profit may be what kept some major banks from going belly-up, though.

The CIA and U.S military have been and continue busying themselves with restoring the heroin trade, while they also are responsible for cocaine trafficking. But I think the interview discussion also said that the U.S. might possibly be working on profits for western elites from the marijuana of Afghanistan, which apparently is a very abundant crop there, as well as being of high quality. There's a way to make a lot of profit from this, but I would need to listen to the interview again to be certain of what was precisely said about the total profitability of this crop.

The wars are completely for RACKET(S).

BUT why the use of the unmanned killer drones controlled from remote, distant locations? Oh, it's technology from the weapons racket sector. And I guess some military commanders and CIA black ops people just like using ways with which they can kill people from remote, distant locations, maybe to be able to spend more time at home with their so-called families. That way they keep their hands, uniforms, and suits "clean" and can falsely appear to be good citizens with loving families.

"War is a RACKET", and the related crimes are nearly innumerable. I certainly can't enunerate them all anyway; but it's easy to understand that all of these crimes are evil.

A lot of prosecutional work is called for and long overdue.

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