Monday, April 30, 2012

Make Drone Killing 100% VISIBLE!

I just returned from Washington, D.C., where I attended Code Pink's Drone Summit: Killing and Spying by Remote Control.

Two days were packed with comprehensive information presentations and planning sessions for activists.

At the end of the first day, I came to a realization: the fundamental problem that we had all gathered to address is that drones render killing 100% invisible. And as long as the killing is invisible, we lose the most powerful tool we have for fighting the killing: the disgust and outrage of the general public.

But recognizing the problem is the first step in being clear about the solution. If drones render killing 100% invisible, WE must find a way to make drone killing 100% VISIBLE.

Drone killing: 100% visible. We now know what we need to do. The rest is just implementation.

More at: Can we stop the DRONES?

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Are you working to make drone killing 100% visible? Connect with others at the STOP the Drone Killing! Grassroots Coalition group page on Facebook.

My post on Drones and Zero Accountability Government has lots more links on the problem of drone killing ....

Photos: Predator drone silhouette from The Christian Science Monitor; Pakistani child victims from
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Check out this collage of NATO killings on Tumblr.

Take a look at the important work to protest drone killings being done by The Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones & End the Wars
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People on Twitter are making the #drones killing 100% VISIBLE:

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We made the drone killing 100% visible on May 17 on the streets of Chicago, during the NATO protests.

Related posts

Five big realizations I'm taking away from the 2013 CODEPINK Drone Summit "Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance" in Washington, DC.

(See The 2013 DC Drones Conference: 5 Big Takeaways )

October, 2013: A new U.N. report makes it clear that the U.S. has to report fully on all its drone attacks.

(See 2014: The Year of Transparency (for U.S. Drone Use)?)

There was a lot of noise in Chicago during the NATO Summit. But one message we managed to get through -- at least to some people -- was that people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and many other places are being injured and killed in their names ... and that if that bothers their consciences they can get active and do something about it.

(See Making Drone Killing 100% VISIBLE in Chicago!)

 In 1984, the transgressive act that starts Winston Smith on the path of resistance is writing in a diary, and the memory that he chooses to record is an eerie vision of our own time: " . . . then the helicopter planted a 20 kilo bomb in among them terrific flash and the boat went all to matchwood. then there was a wonderful shot of a childs arm going up up up right up into the air . . . "

(See Orwell: Making the Drone Killing Visible )

Nuclear radiation is invisible. It needs to be measured and counted to be recognized, and it requires careful scientific method to be understood. Measuring and counting and science are difficult. But . . .

(See GLOBAL HIBAKUSHA: Doing the work to render the invisible visible)


  1. Thank you, Joe. I found out the names, and dates of murder of 2 of the children in the graphic you used, and have a big poster with the photo and info. Sand

  2. Thanks for your great work! I've posted the link into the blog post itself - everyone should check out the work you're doing!