The Growing 9/11 Drone Army

February 20, 2012

Army Sees 11,000% Increase in US Army Drone Arsenal Over Last 10 Years Since: New Legislation Paves Way for 30,000 More Above the USA

Brian Romanoff       Nor Cal Truth     Feb 20, 2012

Never let it be said that the military industrial complex does not heavily rely on 9/11 to continue and thrive.

In October of 2001 the US Army had about 54 drones in its arsenal, however that would change soon after the attacks of 9/11. Some numbers are noted by the Scientific American:

The U.S. Army’s drone armada alone has expanded from 54 drones in October 2001, when U.S. combat operations began in Afghanistan, to more than 4,000 drones performing surveillance, reconnaissance and attack missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan (pdf).

There are more than 6,000 of them throughout the U.S. military as a whole, and continued developments promise to make these controversial aircraft—blamed for the deaths of militants as well as citizens—far more intelligent and nimble.

From 54 drones in 2001 to the current 6,000 in-stock, within 10 years of 9/11 the US Army saw a net increase of their drone arsenal by 11,000%.

That was then. This is now:

new law signed by Obama last week, HR 658,  is set to increase the amount of drones in the skies over the USA.  The Washington Times has this:

The legislation would order the FAA, before the end of the year, to expedite the process through which it authorizes the use of drones by federal, state and local police and other agencies.

Section 332 of the new FAA legislation also orders the agency to develop a system for licensing commercial drone flights as part of the nation’s air traffic control system by 2015.

The provision in the legislation is the fruit of “a huge push by lawmakers and the defense sector to expand the use of drones” in American airspace, she added.

The agency projects that 30,000 drones could be in the nation’s skies by 2020.

Business Insider points out important facts to remember:

This new bill follows up the Army’s January directive to use  drone fleets in the U.S. for training missions and “domestic  operations.”

And both of these initiatives are mandated in the NDAA  (section 1097) that calls for six drone test ranges to be operational within six  months of that bills signing December 31.

The commercial drone market would be worth hundreds of millions more  if the bill passes.

Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and many other ‘Corporate Partners‘ are poised to profit heavily from the legislation. They are the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International or AUVSI, a conglomerate of ‘defense’ companies that essentially lobbied for and drafted HR 658.

Republic Report highlights the fact that AUVSI doubled its lobbying expenses last year:

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EMPIRE, POWER, AND PROPAGANDA LECTURE SERIES

February 14, 2010

    February 18, 7:00 PM,

FOCUS ON PALESTINE/GAZA PANEL:

 CYNTHIA McKINNEY, “The People’s Secretary of State”, former Congresswomen

BARBARA LUBIN and ZIAD ABBAS, Middle East Children’s Alliance

NUHA MASRI, UC Berkeley student activist

NORA BARROWS-FRIEDMAN, award-winning Flashpoints producer

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists,

1924 Cedar at Bonita, Berkeley

 Sliding scale $5-$20 at the door, Benefit for Nora Barrows-Friedman’s Palestine/Gaza Investigative Reports on Flashpoints KPFA.

 Introduction by MICKEY HUFF, director of Project Censored/Media Freedom Foundation, co-sponsors include ANSWER, World Can’t Wait, MECA,

 Upcoming Lectures in the series includes:

 March 4th, Focus On Haiti:  Hosted by Dennis Bernstein with panelists Walter Riley, Kevin Pina, and Pierre LaBossiere

 March 18th, Focus on Indigenous Rights with Miguel Molina of Flashpoints and La Onda, others

 March 25th, Focus on Obama’s 9/11 Wars Hosted by Mickey Huff with panelists Larry Everest, Russ Baker, and Bill Hackwell

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Rep. Kucinich These Wars Are Corrupting Our Nation!

December 13, 2009

On Sat., Dec. 12, 2009, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) was one of the featured speakers at the emergency End-the-U.S.-Wars rally. See for background: EndUSWars.org The event was held in Lafayette Park, opposite the White House. Rep. Kucinich has acted as the conscience of the House of Representatives in opposing U.S. wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan.


U.S. Wars and the Opium Trade

December 4, 2009

featured stories   U.S. Wars and the Opium Trade

Source: Infowars

Sean Sailor
Infowars
December 3, 2009

When Turkey in the late 1940s became a site of NATO and US forces its rank became cemented as the number one supplier of opium to the heroin markets of the US and Europe. This illegal opium market was primarily centered in Europe, where the final processing into heroin was done before going on to the market for the rest of the world. Its profits were therefore also made largely by Europeans. In 1968 research ordered by the Nixon Administration revealed that this Turkish opium crop supplied 80% of the opium destined to become heroin for the illegal markets of Europe and the US .(1) Read the rest of this entry »


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