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Military Veteran: What We Should Know About U.S. Drone Program

by Heather Linebaugh  

Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions. I'd start with: "How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?" And: "How many men have you seen crawl across a field, trying to make it to the nearest compound for help while bleeding out from severed legs?" Or even more pointedly: "How many soldiers have you seen die on the side of a road in Afghanistan because our ever-so-accurate UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] were unable to detect an IED [improvised explosive device] that awaited their convoy?"

Few of these politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue of what actually goes on. I, on the other hand, have seen these awful sights first hand.

I knew the names of some of the young soldiers I saw bleed to death on the side of a road. I watched dozens of military-aged males die in Afghanistan, in empty fields, along riversides, and some right outside the compound where their family was waiting for them to return home from the mosque.

The US and British militaries insist that this is an expert program, but it's curious that they feel the need to deliver faulty informationfew or no statistics about civilian deaths and twisted technology reports on the capabilities of our UAVs. These specific incidents are not isolated, and the civilian casualty rate has not changed, despite what our defense representatives might like to tell us.

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BuyVeteran.com: Veteran-owned Businesses

From my archives.

Support the 3+ million American businesses owned by military veterans.

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From my archives.

Support the 3+ million American businesses owned by military veterans.

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From my archives.

Support the 3+ million American businesses owned by military veterans.

Learn more here.

From my archives.

Support the 3+ million American businesses owned by military veterans.

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U.S. Military Veterans March Past White House Carrying Barricades From Monuments

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The Pentagon has begun laying off 46,000 contract and temporary civilian employees in an effort to cut back on military spending, the No. 2 Pentagon official said on Friday.

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The American main stream media talked about the failed Facebook IPO until we were bored silly.

However, any real news about the NATO Summit in Chicago - forget about it.

One needs to get such news from international sources.

NATO Summit: Thousands Protest in Chicago

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