News you won’t see on FoxNews today- Victims of drone strike testify before Congress today

Nabila Rehman (L), 9, who was injured by a US drone strike in Pakistan,speaks as her brother Zubair Rehman (R) looks on during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 29, 2013 (AFP Photo / Jim Watson)
Nabila Rehman (L), 9, who was injured by a US drone strike in Pakistan,speaks as her brother Zubair Rehman (R) looks on during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 29, 2013 (AFP Photo / Jim Watson)
October 29, 2013

The victims of a drone strike alleged to be launched last year by the United States spoke to members of Congress on Tuesday and urged the US government to stop killing civilians with weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles.

Rafiq ur Rehman, a primary school teacher from North Waziristan,  Pakistan, spoke through an interpreter on Capitol Hill on Tuesday  along with his two children, ages nine and 13.

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Florida) invited Rehman to speak in  Washington about the strike last October that killed Momina Bibi,  his 67-year-old mother who was recognized around the region as a  midwife, not a militant. Regardless, a weaponized drone purported  to be under the control of the US Central Intelligence Agency  executed Bibi in front of her grandchildren on Oct. 24, 2012. The  US has not formally acknowledged the attack, nor taken  responsibility.

Nobody has ever told me why my mother was targeted that  day,” Rehman said during the Tuesday morning panel. “All  media reported three, four, five militants were killed. But only  one person was killed that day. A mom, grandma, a midwife.

The string that holds the pearls together. That is what my  mother was,” Rahman said. “Since her death, the string has  been broken and life has not been the same. We feel alone and we  feel lost.”

Speaking before members of Congress, Rehman thanked Rep. Grayson  for the invitation and said it was reassuring that some members  of the US government are willing to try and shed light on a  gruesome operation rarely acknowledged publicly in Washington.

As a teacher my job is to educate,” said Rehman. “But  how can I teach this? How can I teach what I don’t  understand?”

Rehman’s 12-year-old son, Zubair, told Grayson and the few  congressional colleagues that joined him on the Hill Tuesday that  he was with his grandmother last year when she was killed shortly  after the buzzing of a drone was heard hovering above them.

As I helped my grandma in the field, I could see and hear  drone overhead but wasn’t worried because we’re not  militants,” Zubair said. “I no longer like blue skies. In  fact, I prefer gray skies. When sky brightens, drones return and  we live in fear.”

We used to love to play outside. But now people are afraid to  leave their houses so we don’t play very often,” the boy  added.

Zubair’s sister, nine-year-old Nabila, was picking okra in a  field with her grandmother at the time of the attack. She  testified that she heard the noise from above. “Everything was  dark and I couldn’t see anything, but I heard a  screamI was very scared  and all I could think of doing was just run,” she said.

The Rehman’s were joined at the hearing by Robert Greenwald, a  filmmaker who has been working in Pakistan over the past several  months on a project related to the ongoing US drone  strikes. Testifying on his own behalf, Greenwald suggested that  the ongoing operations waged by the US as an alleged  counter-terrorism operation are breeding anti-American sentiment  at a rate that makes Al-Qaeda jealous.

Yes, there are 100 or 200 fanatics, but now you have 800,000  people in this area who hate the United States because of this  policy,” Greenwald said. Indeed, last week a former US State  Department official claimed that drone strikes in Yemen are creating  dozens of new militants with each attack.

Greenwald added that the research he’s seen indicated that 178  children have been killed in Pakistan by US drone strikes.  Independent studies suggest that the total number of civilians  killed by unmanned aerial vehicles may be in the thousands.

We’ve gone from being the most popular country among  Pakistani to, according to the polling I’ve seen, the least  popular,” Grayson said. “And if you ask people why, the  reason is this program.”

Despite these numbers, though, the White House maintains that the  best intelligence agencies in the world work in tandem with the  mightiest military in order to gather information about targets,  then order hits intended to take out extremists and cause as  little collateral damage as possible.

According to Greenwald, this system is not without its flaws.

How could we make decisions, let’s be clear about this,  making decisions to clear people based on guesses?” asked  Greenwald. “Guesses. No jury, no judge, no trial, no defense  but because they are sitting in a certain pattern, because  they’re in a certain place, an entire community of leadership has  been wiped out.”

I hope that by telling you about my village and grandmother,  you realize drones are not the answer,” pleaded 12-year-old  Zubair.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) said at the hearing that she  would bring up the witnesses’ plight with the White House.  Grayson said that “friends of the military industrial  complex” in Washington would likely keep a full discussion  from occurring immediately in Washington, adding that “I don’t  expect to see a formal hearing conducted on this subject anytime  soon.

Comments (1)

Ezekiel 10:10 29.10.2013 18:31

“I no longer like blue skies”
How disgusting are Americans!?
Have any of you not learned from the teachings of Jesus Christ? Of forgiving your neighbours and turning the other cheek?
Of course if the people in the USA had expressed forgiveness for 9/11, they would not have gone mad and fought a deadly and costly war in the name of avenging a false-flag attack!!
So they fight terrorism with terrorism. US was a victim of terrorism, but they are exceptional so therefore if they suffer we all suffer-yet they striked first in Vietnam
We all must now live in fear because some americans were scared by 9/11? HYPOCRITES!!


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One Response to “News you won’t see on FoxNews today- Victims of drone strike testify before Congress today”

  1. Martin Štych Says:

    you talk about Christ and the forgivness and with second breath you blame americans. dont judge, quiet your mind. know that everythings well and everybody knew the ‘risks’ of incarnationg. some things go beyond human logic and are for the greater good. just please, surrender your anger, let go of fear and embrace your hearts light. peace.

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