1. This week, members of Congress heard testimony for the first time from victims of drone attacks, including that of 13-year-old Zubair Rehman, from Pakistan, who spoke of a strike last year that killed his grandmother and wounded him and his little sister. “I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now prefer grey skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are grey… When the sky brightens, drones return and we live in fear,” Rehman told the five members of Congress who showed up for the testimony.

    The use of drones has intensified under President Obama’s leadership as the number of troops on the ground in Afghanistan and the Pakistani tribal areas has been scaled back. But the drones often kill innocent civilians, including children. That is the subject of Robert Greenwald’s new documentary, Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars. Here, we look at clips from the film, which shares testimony, stories and alarming news on the fatal impact of our drone strategy.

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Drones in America: A New Kind of War Is Being Legalized (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles)

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'DO YOU WANT SAN DIEGO COUNTY TO BECOME A NATIONAL DRONE TEST SITE?

Concerned residents of San Diego County have joined together to form a citizens action group, ‘Back Country Voices.’ We offer public outreach and education meeting to address drone…


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'DO YOU WANT SAN DIEGO COUNTY TO BECOME A NATIONAL DRONE TEST SITE?

Concerned residents of San Diego County have joined together to form a citizens action group, ‘Back Country Voices.’ We offer public outreach and education meeting to address drone testing in the back country.

Residents of San Diego were given very little information and notice about this proposal. There were no public forums, no opportunities for public input, nor any venue to voice concerns regarding what’s at stake for testing drones in our county.

Besides the invasive privacy use of drones, they crash, cause fires, and are a detriment to the environment.

In response to questions and concerns about domestic drones, ‘BCV’ has invited members of the FAA, ACLU, the Cal UAS Portal team, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, law enforcement, S.D. Veterans for Peace Foundation, State and local officials, Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), environmentalist, firefighters, and others.'

Informed citizens are truly the strength of a democracy.
Please join us and share your voice!

Lisa Elkins
Investigative Journalist
'Back Country Voices'
Julian, CA. 92036
backcountryvoices@gmail.com

Back Country Voices Website
http://backcountryvoices.wordpress.com/category/back-country-voices-citizens-action-group/

Back Country Voices’ Facebook group –
https://www.facebook.com/groups/170624526472012/

You can also follow us on Twitter
https://twitter.com/BackCntryVoices

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