Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars is the latest documentary from Robert Greenwald who also directed Iraq For Sale, Out Foxed and Wal Mart.
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’s the subject of Robert Greenwald’s new documentary, Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars and we need to give thanks that there are film makers like Greeenwald who are willing to go out on a limb and give voice to the stories that relate to the fatal impact of the drone strategy.
One of the most shocking revelations of this film is that following an initial drone strike a second strike is unleashed 5+ minutes later. The intention of this second strike is to kill the people who have gone to the assistance of those who might have survived.
Last week, members of US 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.”
Five members of Congress who showed up for the testimony!
PS. As soon as I post the tags on this I suspect that somewhere within the massive banks of computers employed by the surveillance services sifting through the net and elsewhere I will be registering as a possible threat. We all need to be aware that what was sci-fi is now a reality.