Protests against drones coming up:
Last Saturday, World Can't Wait hosted almost 30 activists from more than a dozen groups to work on a strategic plan to stop the U.S. drone wars through political protest. We're in the process of sharing plans with others across the country.
In addition to January 21 drone protest in Washington, we are calling for April 2013 Days of Action:
April 4-6 Stop the Manufacture of Drones
April 16-13 Stop Drone Research on Campus
April 27-28 Protest Drone Bases, especially at Hancock AFB, Syracuse NY
More info to come: knowdrones.com
Next month, many organizations are coming together to protest in Washington and nationwide against indefinite detention and drone strikes, and for the closure of Guantanamo. We had not anticipated the relevance — and outrageous content — of the new film Zero Dark Thirty entering the public sphere at the same time. But, it's here... what are we going to do about it?
Above, protesting at the opening of Zero Dark Thirty in NYC Wednesday
Listen to me discuss the film on Flashpoints, KPFA (at 42:00 into the show).
The film, which opened today in NYC and LA, and opens nationally on Friday January 11, the anniversary of Guantanamo, could bamboozle and confuse millions who see it. On short notice, a few of us were outside the first showing, talking to people about what's wrong with the CIA's view of the world.
It's critical to challenge such a slick production, likely to win many awards. On Friday, January 11, we're calling on everyone to be at theaters in direct, creative, substantive ways to expose and challenge the core message of this film: torture may be bad, but it "protects" "us." People have to know this is almost literally a propaganda film from the CIA. Here is the message we took today:
ZERO DARK THIRTY depicts the world through the CIA's eyes & falsely depicts torture as necessary to find Osama Bin Laden.
What happened on 9/11 was a horror. The forces that attacked the World Trade Center are totally reactionary. BUT what has been done by the U.S. in the name of 9/11 has been far worse:
• More than a million people have been killed and millions more turned into refugees in the American war against Iraq (a country which was not even connected to 9/11). Tens of thousands have been killed in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and other countries.
• Drones used to kill suspected militants and thousands of innocents, including children, with the U.S. military now justifying targeting even children as young as 6 years old as "enemies" fit to be killed.
• A worldwide network of CIA torture sites run by the U.S., including Guantanamo was built, and a system of indefinite detention without trial put in place through law and executive orders by Bush and Obama.
• Stripping of fundamental rights within the U.S., giving the state unlimited power to spy on people¹s personal communications and lives, to hold people without trial based merely on an accusation or suspicion that they might do something bad, and kill people without trial in targeted assassinations directed by the President meeting in secret session.
We as a people are further brutalized and degraded by the celebration and justification of torture as in this film. Torture produced no useful intelligence in the pursuit of Bin Laden. Even the government has admitted this. Yet this film claims the opposite.
There were people in the wake of 9/11 including some who had lost loved ones at the WTC who declared "NOT IN OUR NAME." That captures our sentiment now. We do not share the CIA¹s view of the world. End these wars now, and stop torture.
Zero Dark Thirty: the Veneration of Torture and the C.I.A.
by Glenn Greenwald
Zero Conscience in “Zero Dark Thirty”
by Jane Mayer
January Protests in DC:
January 11: Shut Down Guantanamo
Protest at 12noon at the US Supreme Court
NEW! January 12: Stop CIA Killer Drones & Torture!
Protest at CIA HQ at 10am
The CIA has been found guilty by the European Court of torture, abuse, & secretly imprisoning. US Military & CIA drones have maimed & killed thousands of people in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, & Afghanistan. This year alone there have been over 333 + strikes in Afghanistan. Almost 60 Guantanamo prisoners have been cleared for release but still remain captives of the US indefinitely. Stand with us opposing CIA & US Military drones used in extrajudicial killings and US/CIA secret rendition, indefinite detention, all torture, to oppose & close the Guantanamo prison camp. Torture & US killer drone strikes are illegal, immoral, and must stop now!
January 21 Stop the Wars - Stop the Drones!
Protest at the Inauguration Parade