Game of drones: Is this our legacy?
Fredag 17. juni kommer varslerne Lisa Ling og Cian Westmoreland til Fredshuset. Fredslaget arrangerer dokumentarvisning av "National Bird" om den amerikanske dronekrigen, før det blir samtale med Ling og Westmoreland om deres avsløringer.
Drones are changing the reality of warfare. Since 2001, the US has led a worldwide war against terrorism. Armed drones have repeatedly demonstrated their effectiveness, and under president Barack Obama the use of drones has expanded greatly. Nevertheless, the use of drones has also raised questions of transparency, discrimination and proportionality. Drones doesn´t only create physical distance, but also a moral distance.
Whistleblowing is one of the most direct methods of shining lights on these issues. Together with the Norgweian Peace Council, the Norwegian Peace Association are proud to introduce American whistleblowers Lisa Ling and Cian Westmoreland at the Peace House in Oslo, June 17th at 18:00.
18:00 Screening of the acclaimed documentary “National Bird”
19:30 Conversation and Q&A with Lisa Ling and Cian Westmoreland
We will serve food. The seminar will be held in English.
About the speakers:
Lisa Ling and Cian Westmoreland have a background in the military. They are both whistleblowers about abuse and illegalities in the military-industrial complex.
Lisa Ling is one of three whistleblowers who speaks up in the award-winning documentary “National Bird” about drones, which we will also show this evening. She has 20 years experience from the military as a professional soldier and reservist. After a visit to Afghanistan, where she saw the consequences of war for the civilian population, she decided to come forward as a whistleblower. Lisa describes a system outside the political and democratic control. She has concluded that the so-called war on terror itself is terror against innocent civilians.
Cian Westmoreland was a decorated soldier with long experience of military information retrieval in the period 2006 - 2010. He received two awards for providing information used in air strikes in Afghanistan which killed 200 enemy soldiers. He was refused access to what the consequences of these attacks did for the civilian population, but became aware of the extent of civilian casualties after the UNAMA report in 2009 documented 259 civilian victims after attacks by the multinational force in Afghanistan. Cian realized that the war had been a part of systematic violations of the Geneva Convention and, together with three other detectors, he decided to come forward.
About "National Bird":
National Bird follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. At the center of the film are three U.S. military veterans. Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences. More information: http://nationalbirdfilm.com/
The event supports the global mobalisation to get #SnowdentoOslo to receive Norwegian PEN’s Ossietzky Prize for outstanding efforts for freedom of expression. Read more at norskpen.no!