Over the weekend Reprieve's Director Clive Stafford Smith along with Imran Khan, US activists, and journalists from around the world made an unprecedented journey to Waziristan to protest the use of drones in the region. Thousands of local people joined the convoy which ended up being around nine miles long. The project was an enormous success generating massive media coverage around the world. The whole story is available on our Twitter feed and there will be more coverage to come.
Thousands of men, women, and children are terrorised daily by the constant presence of drones in Waziristan as part of the so-called 'war on terror'. The Obama administration still does not allow any public scrutiny of the drones programme and keeps everything about it as secret as possible - once again the conflation of national security with national embarrassment. Guantanamo Bay, Bagram, Abu Ghraib - all have eventually been revealed as unmitigated disasters willfully jettisoning human rights and the rule of law, only serving to increase anti-Western sentiment. And so it has become with drones.