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Drone Pilots Have Bank Accounts and Credit Cards Frozen By Feds for Exposing US Murder

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Drones, veterans, Jesselyn Radack, Michael Haas, Brandon Bryant, Cian Westmoreland, Stephen Lewis, human rights )

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For having the courage to come forward and expose the drone program for the indiscriminate murder that it is, 4 vets are under attack from the government they once served according to human rights attorney Jesselyn Radack.


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Kerrie G (116)
Tuesday December 8, 2015, 10:50 pm
Outrageous, shared, thanks.

Sue H (7)
Tuesday December 8, 2015, 11:28 pm

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 12:44 am
Leave them alone

Animae C (507)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 3:12 am
"... ninety percent of those killed in drone strikes are entirely harmless people, making the program a singularly effective method of producing anti-American terrorism."


Sheila D (194)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 12:06 pm
Not at all's war on whistleblowers. Thanx Dandelion.

JL A (281)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 4:14 pm
This reads like a script from a bad movie about the Mafia. I know of no law granting permission for freezing US citizens' bank accounts (although there temporarily was a practice with Iranian s legally in this country when there were sanctions against Iran). Thanks Dandelion for revealing this chilling episode.

Dt Nc (0)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 11:30 pm
That's why you should always be on guard against the government. Don't surrender any of your rights, even if you don't use it (esp. gun control freaks).

Ingo Schreiner (8)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 1:20 am

Erika Acosta (0)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 1:48 am

Julia Cabrera-Woscek (0)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 5:31 am
Leave the whistleblowers ALONE!

Nancy C (806)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 11:16 am
part of the american horror story

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 11:28 am
Most people I know Dt Nc do not want to do away with guns, however, there is a need to cut down on mass shootings. What would you suggest?

My suggestion is a kinder Nation that allows for all to thrive and have opportunities for food, shelter, medical care, with putting Corporate in it's place and getting our democracy back.

That is a long ways off, please look at the article below. Guns will not bring that back to us but intellect will wrapped in compassion.
American Nightmare The Depravity of Neoliberalism

Freya H (345)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 4:18 pm
What kind of government freezes people's bank accounts when they do good? Probably not a good one. Any petitions? Or, must I make yet another one - and to whom should I direct it?

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 8:13 pm
I agree with Julia

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 10:43 pm
ty, noted Dandelion

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday December 11, 2015, 4:10 am

"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."

Abraham Lincoln


Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday December 11, 2015, 12:31 pm
In a true democrazy, THE GOVERNMENT is a TOOL and AN EXTENSION *of the people*. There is no "them and us" as Frank Zappa observed.

The concept of exposing and whistle blowing was all well and good, when the "authorities" introduced this, but not so good, when it was THE authorities with which the exposing and whistle blowing took place.

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Friday December 11, 2015, 1:22 pm
You hit the nail right on the head GGmaSheila! Thanks for posting Sheryl!

Evelyn B (63)
Friday December 11, 2015, 1:33 pm
Thanks, Dandelion

I know from working on conflict resolution efforts in NW Pakistan, that the drone action is impacting primarily on ordinary people - all ages from babies to old folk - and is doing more to generate hate & violent reactions against the US than anything else. Taliban find recruits after people's families have been taken out by drone strikes .... and they are so frequent that they don't even necessarily make the news ... Daesh almost certainly draws in people mobilised by the impact of drone strikes on civilian population groups ...

So sick, so sad - and the operators are in comfy seats far away - I wonder how often it feels like a video game, with little sense that these are human beings seen in the machine's eye?

Brave whistleblowers - driven by their principles, torn between loyalty & integrity, then punished for choosing integrity

Evelyn B (63)
Friday December 11, 2015, 1:36 pm
NB - the negative impacts are almost certainly even worse where the local populations have strong tribal traditions of revenge & honour ..... as in Yemen & NW Pakistan

Birgit W (160)
Friday December 11, 2015, 3:35 pm
Shocking but not surprising. These men are heroes, and the main members of the military government are criminals. Thanks.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday December 11, 2015, 3:46 pm
Freya "What kind of government freezes people's bank accounts when they do good? Probably not a good one. Any petitions? Or, must I make yet another one - and to whom should I direct it?"

Think you answered #1
#2. Can't find any
#3 If you would like to make one and I'll help promote it. I'd say the President. He is Commander in Chief.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday December 11, 2015, 3:53 pm
Evelyn, I've placed some other article on about those who have been operating the drones. There is a lot of unrest coming out of that section of the military. Believe it or not many are suffering from PTSD as well just because they are human and not robots.....and it does get to a lot of them.

A whistleblower offered the information that helped put this article together that I posted a couple months back.
The Drone Papers

Thank you for the work you do with conflict resolution in NW Pakistan. For many years, bringing out the information about this drone program is something I've been doing on C2. It might be a drop in the bucket but I've added my drops in hopes that others will learn and consider what is happening, then take it to the next steps.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday December 11, 2015, 5:51 pm
Noted. Many thanks for posting, Dandelion.

This has concerned me for a long while, too. Kudos to the courageous whistleblowers! Reading their statements was very similar to what Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden have stated. Their consciences got the better of all of them, fortunately.

From article: "This is the U.S. government wasting taxpayer dollars trying to silence, intimidate and shut up people. It's a very amateurish way to shut up a intimidating and scaring their parents. This would be laughable if it weren't so frightening."
"Given the role played by the U.S. government in fomenting, equipping, and abetting the growth of ISIS, such warnings have to be perceived as credible, albeit, indirect death threats."

I also read within the past couple days that mainstream media is ignoring these whistleblowers. The drone strikes are a real financial payday for the makers of drones and bombs.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 5:04 pm
Is why I do what I can to bring out stories that are not being widely seen. I might not be catching a lot of eyes like mainstream media but some eyes are better than none. We need to keep shining the light onto things and I depend on others to share this information.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 12:10 am
There's this petition:

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 7:27 am
Thanks so much for this Darren, I gladly signed.
Protect the Whistleblowers on The Drone Program

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 11:37 am
Thanks, Darren for that link!

I would make one point (reservation about signing) ...
Stressing that there have been more actions against whistleblowers under the Obama Administration than previously .....
What do you expect? Technology has created accessible channels for whistleblowing & sharing information about this that didn't really exist even a decade ago!

The laws applied concerning whistleblowing are basically those designed for selling state secrets that put the US at risk from its enemies ... We really do need new legislation that allows differentiation between sharing information about ethical wrongs being committed, and sharing information that puts a nation at risk from its enemies .....

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 12:13 pm
Yes, agree with that.

There were whistle blowers who came out against HBOS (Halifax Bank Of Scotland) and Lloyds Banking Group, before the Global Financial Crisis hit, and they were either discredited or bullied/fired, because the controlling management didn't want their image tarnished through the press/media.

I actually don't think the Government / Corporations who initially championed whistle blowing thought through the idea of it, when they first championed it, as, by far and away, the most amount of dirt and mud raking underhanded behavior has ultimately stopped at the very door of the people who wanted it brought in.

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 1:11 pm
The HBOS situation pre-dated wikileaks (founded 2006) - the possibility of information "going viral" was so much more limited in 2004 ...... so impact was far less; stifling was far more easy .....

Now there are many outlets for blowing whistles .... and the "culture" of whistleblowing has widespread popular support .... people follow such sites

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 2:21 pm
Came back & signed the petition Darren posted. Very glad to sign!

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 4:27 pm
You are correct about the Obama and the whistleblowers Evelyn. I'm not happy with that. If government was not so corrupt and stood on the principles that it 'claims" it does, it should give the whistleblowers a medal. So should tell people a lot.....whistleblowers use to be better protected here in the USA. One of our most famous whistleblowers was Daniel Ellsberg with the Pentagon Papers.

Maryann S (112)
Monday December 14, 2015, 6:34 pm
Noted & shared. Thanks Dandelion.

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