February 2013 Archives

"Just Say NO to Drones...

I think it's important to know about the larger context that we're now hearing, that's the militarization of law enforcement that is progressing at a breakneck pace," said Susan Harmon of Code Pink, an anti-war group. 

The Alameda County Sheriff faced off with the ACLU, other activist groups and local residents before the Alameda County Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Committee in a hearing on the sheriff's plan to purchase and deploy a surveillance drone. 

c/o KGO TV:

A life sized model of a predator drone [actually 1/5 scale] sat menacingly among the protesters at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors Thursday. They won't be flying over the East Bay any time soon, but small, unmanned helicopters equipped with cameras might...

"Although they will argue that it's being used for, you know, basically good policing, we're afraid that it's going to be used to surveil protesters, dissents, you know, people that are against police brutality" -- Anne Weills, National Lawyers Guild

Unmanned aircraft debate continues in Alameda County                                              photo of World Can't Wait sponsored drone replica by amo, c/o Indybay

birgitta-jonsdottir-007_0.jpgIceland MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir: "I refuse to live in fear"

MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir was part of the WikiLeaks team who helped prepare the video which contains military footage from a U.S. Apache helicopter as it gunned down innocent civilians in Iraq, including a Reuters journalist and two children.

Say No to Indefinite Detention!


130212ndaacityhalle.jpg Tuesday, February 12, SF City Hall. Photo by Bill Carpenter

c/o Nadia Kayyali, Bill of Rights Defense Committee:

activists gathered on the steps of San Francisco's city hall to oppose the indefinite military detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and to support the introduction of a resolution by Supervisor and President of the Board David Chiu. The resolution of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will uphold due process and articulate San Francisco's opposition of the NDAA...  

The date of the resolution's introduction was timed to fall in advance of February 19th, the 71st anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066.  This order, signed by President Franklin Roosevelt, authorized the military to intern over 120,000 Japanese-Americans without any trial or due process. Japanese-americans in particular have raised their voices against the growing encroachment on civil liberties presented by the never-ending war on terror. 

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Peace Fresno says NO DRONES


"In the United States, the dominant narrative about the use of drones is of a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the US safer by enabling 'targeted killing' of terrorists, with minimal downsides or collateral impacts. This narrative is false."

NO DRONES demonstration on February 1, 2013 at Nees and Blackstone, Fresno, CA. 

Photo by Mike Rhodes

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