Moyers: ‘Obama’s cold-blooded use of drones’ shows ‘seeming indifference’ to ‘innocent bystanders’

By Samantha Kimmey
Friday, February 8, 2013 21:56 EDT
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Bill Moyers criticized the government’s drone program in a video essay as he discussed a new “chilling account” of the “indiscriminate” attacks.

On Feb. 5, The New York Times published an article on Obama’s choice to lead the CIA, John Brennan, which began with the story of cleric Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber. He openly denounced Al Qaeda — but was killed in a drone strike during a meeting with Al Qaeda leaders, which they had requested with the cleric.

Moyers argued that that the attacks are “killing the innocent and driving their enraged families and friends straight into the arms of the very terrorists we’re trying to eradicate.”

The Times reported, “It is difficult to know what the long-term effects of the deaths will be, though some in the town — as in other areas where drones have killed civilians — say there was an upwelling of support for Al Qaeda” because it was the only way to “retaliate.”

“Our blind faith in technology combined with a sense of infallible righteousness continues unabated,” Moyers went on. “It brought us to grief in Vietnam and Iraq and may do so again with President Obama’s cold-blooded use of drones and his seeming indifference to so-called ‘collateral damage,’ otherwise known as innocent bystanders.”

Watch the video essay, via billmoyers.com, below.

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