Iran captures spy drone, Chicago anti-war leader denounces U.S. war moves
Chicago, IL – A spy drone made in the U.S. by Boeing Corporation was captured by Iran after violating their air space. Called a Scan Eagle, it was displayed on Iranian television as evidence that the U.S. government is making moves toward war with Iran.
Joe Iosbaker of the Anti War Committee of Chicago expressed opposition to the U.S. intervening in Iran. “The U.S. government points fingers at Iran as a country that wants a war. But the Iranians don’t have spy drones 12 miles off Long Island, New York.”
The Chicago-based Boeing Corporation is the second largest weapons manufacturer in the U.S. and has a growing role in the drone industry. The Scan Eagle is mainly used for surveillance, but they are also deployed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, used for targeting for bombings and for assassinations.
The Anti War Committee is organizing opposition to Boeing’s part in the drone wars that the U.S. is waging in Pakistan and other countries, including Iran, as well as Boeing’s sales of weapons to Israel.
A statement from the anti-war activists notes, “Boeing Corporation receives tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks from the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago and they use that money to make drones and other war machines. We want these dollars spent at home to address vital needs like jobs, education and health care.”