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Posted Jan. 23, 2013
Interview with Medea Benjamin, co-founder Code Pink and author of “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control”, conducted by Scott Harris
In the days just before Barack Obama took the oath of office to begin his second term as president, the U.S. launched drone strikes in Yemen that reportedly killed 15 people. The administration’s escalation of America’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles in its targeted killing of suspected terrorists across the Middle East, South Asia and Africa is provoking increased opposition at home and abroad. During the inauguration ceremonies in Washington D.C., the group Code Pink Women for Peace protested against the U.S. drone program and called on the Senate to reject President Obama’s nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Brennan, who is currently deputy bational security advisor and assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, is the architect of Obama’s drone program and is referred to by some as the nation’s “assassination czar.”
Medea Benjamin, cofounder of Code Pink, was part of her group’s recent 34-member delegation of Americans that visited Pakistan in October, with the goal of witnessing first-hand the damage wrought by U.S. drone strikes there. While in Pakistan’s tribal Waziristan region, delegates met with Pakistani families who have been victims of U.S. drone strikes and participated in a one-day fast in memory of the estimated 450 to 800 civilians, including 160 children killed by U.S. drones since 2004.
Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Medea Benjamin, who is the author of “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.” Here she explains why the group she co-founded, Code Pink Women for Peace, and a growing number of other citizens are opposed to the nation’s drone program, and why she is working to defeat Barack Obama’s nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA.
Medea Benjamin is also co-founder of Global Exchange. Learn more about the growing opposition to the U.S. drone Warfare program by visiting www.codepink4peace.org/.