CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin interrupts Brennan to condemn drone strikes

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, April 30, 2012 19:32 EDT
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Medea Benjamin, the co-founder of the anti-war group CODEPINK, interrupted a speech by White House counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan on Monday.

While Brennan was speaking, Benjamin stood up in the audience and began giving her own speech for more than one minute.

“What about the hundreds of innocent people we are killing with our drone strikes in Pakistan and in Yemen and Somalia?” she said. “I speak out on behalf of those innocent victims. They deserve an apology from you Mr. Brennan. How many people are you willing to sacrifice, why are you lying to the American people and not saying how many innocents have been killed?”

“I speak out on behalf of the Constitution,” Benjamin continued, while she was being dragged out of the auditorium by security guards. “I love the rule of law, I love my country. You are making us less safe by killing so many innocent people around the world.”

During his speech, Brennan defended U.S. drone strikes against Taliban and al Qaeda militants. The Obama Administration had been notably silent on using drones to target suspected terrorists.

“So let me say it as simply as I can,” Brennan said. “Yes, in full accordance with the law—and in order to prevent terrorist attacks on the United States and to save American lives—the United States Government conducts targeted strikes against specific al-Qa’ida terrorists, sometimes using remotely piloted aircraft, often referred to publicly as drones. And I’m here today because President Obama has instructed us to be more open with the American people about these efforts.”

Watch video, courtesy of the Huffington Post, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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