Transcript: Brave New Foundation President Robert Greenwald’s remarks on civilian drone strike victims – Oct. 29, 2013

Partial transcript of remarks by Robert Greenwald, President of Brave New Foundation, at a congressional briefing with civilian drone strike victims on Oct. 29, 2013:

…The flight to Pakistan is a long one. And when I flew there – all the usual transitions and jet lag but it’s nothing compared to the emotional shocks that I experienced when I arrived there.

As I interviewed people, I was haunted by the photographer Noor who you saw in the clip who has documented the killing of children with photographs. Over 178 children killed by drones.

As the father of four, it moved me and continues to move me everyday emotionally.

I was haunted by the psychiatrist that you saw in the film talking about the emotional pain, talking about patients from the tribal area traveling hours and hours to get much-needed mental health.

And the story of 16-year-old Tariq who was killed by armed drones a few days after attending a public [event] organized by Reprieve.

I defy anyone – anyone – to come forward and say that a 16-year-old boy who was in a public place was an imminent threat of any kind or a high-value target.

No discussion. No investigation. No evidence.

When I heard about the concept of signature strikes in Pakistan…I literally did not believe it. How could we be making decisions – let’s be clear about this – making decisions to kill people based on guesses? Guesses! No jury. No judge. No trial. No defense. But because they’re sitting in a certain pattern, because they’re in a certain place, an entire community of leadership has been wiped out…

Imagine, if you will, a town hall, the entire leaders in our town hall are decimated by a drone based on a guess.

This is the policy that we must confront, and we must begin to investigate, ask and demand hard answers to the questions.

The notion of no strikes of civilians, no deaths of civilians without near certainty – well, these faces and you’ll hear now is nowhere certain. It’s our job to call attention to this and I hope that Congress will lead us in investigations and responsibility…


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