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Bridget Johnson


August 12, 2013 - 7:08 am

Code Pink is planning to protest in drone costumes outside the world’s largest drone expo in D.C. tomorrow.

The convention center event, AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2013, draws more than 8,000 attendees from more than 40 countries to share the latest unmanned systems technology. Seminars this year include privacy issues, risk to the homeland, intelligence, use of drones by the BLM and public safety agencies, and even using drones to make movies.

The conference also features more than 600 companies showcasing their drone technology across more than 350,000 square feet of exhibit space. I will be reporting from inside the conference this week.

Code Pink blasted the attendees as “manufacturers of some of the world’s most terror-inducing killing and spying machines,” decrying the “rapid proliferation” of drones to use in more than 75 countries.

“The companies that the drone lobby represents are some of the top campaign contributors to many politicians, especially those who are members of the ‘Drone Caucus’ in both the Senate and House,” said Code Pink cofounder Medea Benjamin. “As long as the weapons manufacturers are buying off our elected representatives, we can expect to be stuck in a state of perpetual war and violence. The American people deserve to know about the driving forces behind our foreign policies, which include dangerous lobbies like AUVSI.”

It’s unknown if Benjamin will be in drone costume, but the activists promise a “creative” protest.

The group is holding an anti-drone conference in November at Georgetown Law in conjunction with The Nation. The keynote speaker will be Cornel West.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Hmm, where can we get a bunch of toy Shoulder fired anti aircraft rockets? You know, to stage a little protest of Code Pink! Maybe someone could rig up some super soaker squirtguns to look like some.
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In other news, the great Anti-XL-Pipeline Rally at the State Department this morning drew several dozen protesters. I was a witness. I think somebody made a speech. Then they chanted some slogans and went away.

OK, they weren't AT the State Department. They were in the park out back, across the street from the C Street entrance, which has been closed for renovation for a couple of years.
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Alternate title....

Code Pink and Medea Benjamin Struggling to be Relevant.

Although I'm not a fan of dronefare, these people are simply anti-American.
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This can be a problem when you happen to agree with leftists on a certain issue. Do you want to share a common cause with a bunch of freakin' loonies like Code Pink?

I wish I could say it doesn't matter, but I feel like it does. It the cause succeeds, that's great. But victory increases the loonies' political capital, makes them more legitimate and less likely to get bored and disappear. I have trouble bringing myself to be party to that.
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What do they say about a broken clock? It's right twice a day.

I have no common cause with the Pinkos, but the increasing use of drones, especially domestically should be cause for concern for all Americans.

As for Code Pink, they're just one of the many liberal clown cars out there, each competing for attention. Right after the B. Manning case came up they protested at Quantico USMC base, but their numbers were small compared to our counter protest. But they got all the media attention. Funny how that works.
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