What It’s Like to Be Terrified by Drones

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On Tuesday, 22-year-old Farea al-Muslimi, an American-educated Yemeni, testified before a Senate subcommittee about the Hellfire missile that had hit his family’s village of Wessab just six days earlier. Al-Muslimi was here in the U.S. when the missile hit, but immediately heard from friends and family back in Yemen.

“They called and texted me that night with questions I could not answer,” al-Muslimi says: “Why was the United States terrifying them with these drones? Why was the United States trying to kill a person with a missile when everyone knows where he is and he could have been easily arrested?”

In his testimony, al-Muslimi says he hates Al Qaeda and the way his religion has been distorted, and professes his love for America. But, he says, “Wessab first experienced America through the terror of a drone strike. What radicals had previously failed to achieve in my village, one drone strike accomplished in an instant: there is now an intense anger and growing hatred of America.”

Watch al-Muslimi’s full testimony:

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Soledad-Rujano-Calef/100001750856216 Maria Soledad Rujano Calef

    there are two reason US drones are target Muslim countries mainly, because they the White always want population control, racism against Muslim. The White American descendant of Anglo saxon protestant, hate and scorn Muslim population to whom European White descendant have look Muslim as inferior. Second, Middle EAst natural resources, such as oil

  • http://twitter.com/artistinaspen Lee Mulcahy PhD

    “Wessab [the village] first experienced America through the terror of a drone strike. What radicals had previously failed to achieve in my village, one drone strike accomplished in an instant: there is now an intense anger and growing hatred of America.”

    Obama shames us Americans who would prefer to love our neighbor instead of drone them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SusanLeaOvertonEnsley Susan Lea Overton Ensley

    Frankly, Maria, i don’t think it’s the racism etc to which you refer – as long as you’ve got the oil you could be a little green monster from outer space. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE OIL – and greed, and I’d say hatred/lack of empathy across the board for anyone else – not just the Muslims but here in the US – the 99%

  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.elgee.5 Pat Elgee

    Too many companies depend on war to thrive, so those companies bribe congressmen to support any cause to make war. Monsanto made Agent Orange, Halliburten supplied troops, helicopters, planes, guns, ammo, oil companies! War is big business. Accepting bribery is unconstitutional, but when everyone does it, nobody is willing to step up and make it stop. Americans are so easily duped by political propaganda. Who knows when or if the American voter will ever catch on and throw all the bums out of office.

    I feel so sorry for innocent people who are killed by our drones. We all have crazy terrorists living in our midst, but our governments should control our own people. And if one of our own commits mayhem against another country, we should capture him and let him answer for his crimes. Many should not suffer and die for the stupidity of a few.