a four year old iraqi girl is treated for a wounded eye by u.s. marines in central iraq on march 29, 2003. she was screaming for her dead mother, while her father, shot in a leg, begged to be freed from the plastic wrist cuffs slapped on him by u.s. marines so he could hug his other terrified daughter.
photo by Damir Sagolj
this should be on the news every single night
If you rape someone, it doesn’t matter that you’re only 16.
If you rape someone, it doesn’t matter that you cry like a child in court.
If you rape someone, it doesn’t matter that you had a promising future.
if you rape someone, it doesn’t matter that your life is destroyed.
If you rape someone, it should haunt you for the rest of your life.
You raped someone.
You deserve every ounce of justice we can place upon you in court of law.
Question 1: What are drones?
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), also known as drones, are aircraft either controlled by ‘pilots’ from the ground or autonomously following a pre-programmed mission. While there are dozens of different types of drones, they basically fall into two categories: those that are used for reconnaissance and surveillance purposes and those that are armed with missiles and bombs.
Question 2: Where do we use drones?
Drones are used all over the Middle East. Countries we are at war with, and countries we are not at war with. These drones kill thousands of innocent people because like all technology, nothing works 100% perfectly. Mistaken targets are common, killing women, children, and innocent men. Even Americans have been killed overseas by drones, including a 16 year old boy visiting family in Yemen.
Question 3: Drones in America?
Yep! Obama says that we need drone usage in America “just in case there are terrorists” among us. What’s the problem with this? The government essentially becomes “big brother” watching everything you do. Also, if you are deemed a terrorist, they will drone strike you with NO trial (which is a Constitutional right!). How does the government define a terrorist? Anyone who disagrees with the government or does something the government sees as wrong. Comforting? Not really. Learn more about how the Patriot Act redefined a “terrorist” here: http://www.aclu.org/national-security/how-usa-patriot-act-redefines-domestic-terrorism
Question 4: What was the filibuster by Rand Paul about?
Rand Paul is a Republican Senator from Kentucky. He stood and spoke on the House floor for 12 hours yesterday attempting to block John Brennan’s nomination for the head of the CIA. Unfortunately, Brennan got enough votes. But that’s not what the filibuster was about (by the way a filibuster is when a Senator or group of Senators hold the floor by talking for hours to stall a vote). The filibuster was about bringing awareness to the problem at hand: Obama is not only about to bring usage of drones on American soil with only the statement that he “doesn’t intend to kill anyone” and is taking our Constitution rights away in the process.
Question 5: Why is everyone afraid of North Korea?
North Korea is not a friend of America. North Korea has recently made threats to nuclear bomb us. 1. No one knows if they actually have a nuclear bomb 2. No one knows if it could even reach the U.S. 3. This is incredibly less important than our own PRESIDENT becoming the judge, jury, & executioner (in my opinion)