anonymous asked:

What does that cockles drone thing mean? not a native speaker and the dictionary gave me bunch of weird different words so..

Someone with obviously no ethic and no respect has been using a drone (a kind of flying robot thing) to spy on Misha’s house and invade his privacy. He tweeted a few times about it, playing it cool and joking around but I can’t imagine it’s not been bothering him. (I mean seriously, what the fuck? That’s so gross.) They’ve been filming his house from his yard and stuff.

Finally Misha was able to catch the drone and tweeted this:

And then Jensen, as a joke, tweeted this:

it’s just the usual cockles flirting on twitter, nothing new. Jensen probably just wanted to make Misha smile, as it must be a tense/worrying subject for him (being spied on and invaded in your own home by a machine filming stuff for a total stranger is freaky and disturbing)

(unless this is a very elaborate J2 prank, which I really hope it’s not, cause that would be really mean and over-the-top and disrespectful)

Pregnant mothers are losing food assistance, but cable news is complaining that tourists are having their vacations ruined by the government shut down? We live in a society that is more likely to highlight the PTSD a cop got from killing an unarmed black kid, then the life of the dead unarmed black kid. Are drones bad? Yes, but only because they are “bad” for “our security” & because drone operators gets PTSD. Not that drone murder is wrong. The victim is the Israeli soldier, the US marine, the cop under stress. Never the terrorized person of color, the occupied Palestinian or the Iraqi child. #RantOver

December 13 2014 - Protesters in Pakistan burn the US flag during a demonstrations against drone attacks on their country.  It is estimated that between 416 and 951 civilians, including 168 to 200 children, have been killed by American drones in the past five years in Pakistan alone. [video]

Late last August, a 40-year-old cleric named Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber stood up to deliver a speech denouncing Al Qaeda in a village mosque in far eastern Yemen. It was a brave gesture by a father of seven who commanded great respect in the community, and it did not go unnoticed. Two days later, three members of Al Qaeda came to the mosque in the tiny village of Khashamir after 9 p.m., saying they merely wanted to talk. Mr. Jaber agreed to meet them, bringing his cousin Waleed Abdullah, a police officer, for protection. As the five men stood arguing by a cluster of palm trees, a volley of remotely operated American missiles shot down from the night sky and incinerated them all, along with a camel that was tied up nearby. The killing of Mr. Jaber, just the kind of leader most crucial to American efforts to eradicate Al Qaeda, was a reminder of the inherent hazards of the quasi-secret campaign of targeted killings that the United States is waging against suspected militants not just in Yemen but also in Pakistan and Somalia.
If the president was walking around stabbing innocent Muslim people? People would be like ‘Oh he’s a murderer’. But because you do it with fucking sky robots every day it’s ‘foreign policy’.

"It was revealed that Dorner has become the first human target for remotely-controlled airborne drones on US soil."

"Use of drones confirmed by Customs and Border patrol"

PAY ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

US Drones Have Killed Up to 900 Civilians in Pakistan

Amnesty International just published the results of detailed field research on nine of 45 reported drone strikes that occurred between January 2012 and August 2013 in the Pakistan’s North Waziristan region—and found that the US might be responsible for up to 900 civilian deaths. The report is a microcosm of a program that has been on-going since the start of Bush’s second term, and has grown under the Obama administration.



Drone killings case thrown out by US; victims convicted ‘posthumously based solely on the government’s say-so’
April 6, 2014

A US federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the government by the families of three American citizens killed by drones in Yemen, saying senior officials cannot be held personally responsible for money damages for the act of conducting war.

The families of the three – including Anwar al-Awlaki, a New Mexico-born militant Muslim cleric who had joined al-Qaida’s Yemen affiliate, as well as his teenage son – sued over their 2011 deaths in US drone strikes, arguing that the killings were illegal.

Judge Rosemary Collyer of the US district court in Washington threw out the case, which had named as defendants the former defence secretary and CIA chief Leon Panetta, the former senior military commander and CIA chief David Petraeus and two other top military commanders.

"The question presented is whether federal officials can be held personally liable for their roles in drone strikes abroad that target and kill U.S. citizens," Collyer said in her opinion. "The question raises fundamental issues regarding constitutional principles and it is not easy to answer."

But the judge said she would grant the government’s motion to dismiss the case.

Collyer said the officials named as defendants “must be trusted and expected to act in accordance with the US constitution when they intentionally target a US citizen abroad at the direction of the president and with the concurrence of Congress. They cannot be held personally responsible in monetary damages for conducting war.”

Awlaki’s US-born son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was 16 years old when he was killed. Also killed was Samir Khan, a naturalised US citizen who had moved to Yemen in 2009 and worked on Inspire, an English-language al-Qaida magazine.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Centre for Constitutional Rights, both based in New York, represented the families. They had argued that in killing American citizens the government violated fundamental rights under the US constitution to due process and to be free from unreasonable seizure.

"This is a deeply troubling decision that treats the government’s allegations as proof while refusing to allow those allegations to be tested in court," said ACLU lawyer Hina Shamsi. "The court’s view that it cannot provide a remedy for extrajudicial killings when the government claims to be at war, even far from any battlefield, is profoundly at odds with the Constitution."

Centre for Constitutional Rights lawyer Maria LaHood said the judge “effectively convicted” Anwar al-Awlaki “posthumously based solely on the government’s say-so”. LaHood said the judge also found that the constitutional rights of the son and of Khan “weren’t violated because the government didn’t target them”.

"It seems there’s no remedy if the government intended to kill you, and no remedy if it didn’t. This decision is a true travesty of justice for our constitutional democracy and for all victims of the US government’s unlawful killings," LaHood said.

Collyer ruled that the families did not have a claim under the Constitution’s fourth amendment guarantee against unreasonable seizures because the government did not seize or restrain the three who were killed. “Unmanned drones are functionally incapable of ‘seizing’ a person; they are designed to kill, not capture,” she wrote.

Collyer wrote that the families had presented a plausible claim that the government violated Awlaki’s due process rights. “Nonetheless the court finds no available remedy under US law for this claim,” the judge wrote.

"In this delicate area of war making national security and foreign relations the judiciary has an exceedingly limited role."

Allowing claims against individual federal officials in this case “would impermissibly draw the court into the heart of executive and military planning and deliberation”, she wrote. It would “require the court to examine national security policy and the military chain of command as well as operational combat decisions”.

Nasser al-Awlaki, father of Anwar al-Awlaki, said he was disappointed in the American justice system and “like any parent or grandparent would, I want answers from the government when it decides to take life, but all I have got so far is secrecy and a refusal even to explain”.

Drone attacks have killed several suspected figures in al-Qaida’s Yemen-based affiliate including Awlaki, who is accused of orchestrating plots to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner in 2009 and US cargo planes in 2010.

The United States has faced international criticism for its use of drones to attack militants in places such as Pakistan and Yemen. A UN human rights watchdog in March called on the Obama administration to limit its use of drones targeting suspected al-Qaida and Taliban militants.

Barack Obama’s administration increased the number of drone strikes after he took office in 2009 but attacks have dropped off in the past year. The US has come under pressure from critics to rein in the missile strikes and do more to protect civilians.


Drone victims give US lawmakers first-hand account of attack

Nine-year-old Nabila Rehman rested her head on the table.

Nabila, a shy girl with startling hazel eyes and red streaks in her dark hair, along with her father Rafiq and 13-year-old brother Zubair have told the story of the day when a drone fell from the sky in their village in North Waziristan so many times that by Tuesday morning the tale was rote — even if this particular retelling was before U.S. lawmakers, at a briefing which was the first opportunity for members of Congress to hear directly from Pakistani victims of American drones.

It was Oct. 24, 2012, the day before the Islamic holy day of Eid-al-Adha in North Waziristan. Zubair, Nabila, their little sister, five-year-old Asma and some of their cousins were all in the fields beside their house as their grandmother, 67-year-old Momina Bibi, showed them how to tell when the okra was ripe for picking.

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Photo: Jason Reed/Reuters

I don’t get America. You people are questioning Obama for authorizing these drone strikes on ISIS in the name of trying to prevent a mass genocide. If Obama DIDN’T do something, y’all would be questioning why the Leader of the “Free World” didn’t save lives when the opportunity presented itself.

The drone assassination program is far and away the worst act of terror in the world. It’s also a terror-generating program. And they know it, from high places.
—  Noam Chomsky, institute professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, appears on Democracy Now! to discuss U.S. drone warfare, confronting the Islamic State, government surveillance, and more. Watch the full interview here.

The Navy’s Newest Destroyer Is a Drone

Among the high-tech features included on the USS Zumwalt—cannons that fire rocket-propelled, GPS-guided rounds and stealth design that gives the 610-foot ship the radar signature of a small fishing vessel—there’s also a computer intelligence capable of preparing the ship for battle and engaging enemy targets on its own. Think of it as a gigantic floating drone: “Most UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] are a few million dollars,” says Wade Knudson, who heads the Zumwalt project for Raytheon (RTN), which made most of the ship’s computer systems. “This is a $5 billion UAV.”

Unlike aerial drones, however, the Zumwalt will still have a human crew and it will know how to anticipate their needs. If the ship’s smoke alarms and cameras detect a fire, the ship will turn on the sprinklers and seal off the area. When the fire is out, the ship knows to drain the water so the crew can investigate. All of this automation means the ship will carry a crew of just over 150—half of what would normally be required on a ship of this size. In a pinch, it can be manned by a crew of 40.

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Note: It should come as no surprise that this is a joint-venture between the U.S. Navy and Raytheon who stands to profit handsomely as long as the U.S. continues its military adventurism. Raytheon actively lobbies for ‘issues pertaining to defense and homeland security.