Protesters from Code Pink and Veterans for Peace are spending the week in the Nevada desert outside Creech Air Force Base to protest the U.S. drone program. At Creech, U.S. Air Force personnel, coordinating with C.I.A. officials, are regularly and secretly killing people remotely using armed drone planes, primarily the MQ-9 Reaper drones. Thousands of civilians have been killed and injured in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and elsewhere since 2001, according to the activists.
The protesters also stood in front of the main gate at Creech to support Daniel Hale, the whistleblower who currently faces sentencing in July after pleading guilty for secretly exposing war crimes in the U.S. drone targeted killing program.