Bad intelligence? Informer getting even with an enemy? Mistaken identity? Cop, Judge, Executioner = Hellfire Missile. Against the Geneva Convention, indiscriminate killing of civilians “Collateral Damage” is a known by-product of a missile being fired from a Predator/Raptor or other named Drone. A Drone is a nice name for an airplane without a human aboard, and guided via the internet from anywhere on earth (most Drones are “piloted” from Nevada, but that is changing also).
A few studies found at The Long War Journal and their Threat Matrix blog:
Predators, Taliban, and civilians By Alexander Mayer October 21, 2009 Read the rest here.
Revenge of the Drones, An Analysis of Drone Strikes in Pakistan By Peter Bergen, Katherine Tiedemann, New America Foundation Published: October 19, 2009 Full report here.
…It is not possible to differentiate precisely between militant and civilian casualties because the militants live among the population and don’t wear uniforms, and because the militants have the incentive to claim that all the casualties were civilians, while government sources tend to claim the opposite. However, of those killed in drone attacks from 2006 through mid-October 2009, between 500 and 700 were described in reliable press reports as militants, or some 66 to 68 percent.
…Based on our count of the estimated number of militants killed, the real total of civilian deaths since 2006 appears to be in the range of 250 to 320, or between 31 and 33 percent.
As stated at The Long War Journal…When taken together, I think our two reports provide a fairly good triangulation on what is most likely the actual number. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the “real” number of civilian deaths was somewhere in the middle (around 18-20 percent).
The Latest News: U.S. Military Joins CIA’s Drone War in Pakistan By Noah Shachtman December 10, 2009 Read it all here.
…On that glowing screen is a digital map of Afghanistan, showing the position of every U.S. Air Force drone, every fighter jet, every bomber and every tanker aircraft with a teal dot. Most of the dots are positioned near the hotspots of the Afghanistan war — places like Kandahar, Helmand and Nangarhar provinces. But there are three dots, representing Air Force unmanned aerial vehicles, that aren’t above Afghanistan at all. These dots have moved to the east of the Afghan border; these drones are flying missions over Pakistan. Over the past year and a half, the United States has stepped up drone strikes against militants in Pakistan — killing as many as a thousand people, by some estimates. Press accounts have largely credited the Central Intelligence Agency with running these missions. Government officials have refused to speak in public about drone attacks, just as they routinely rebuff any attempt to probe into the CIA’s operations. “I’m not going to comment on any particular tactic or technology,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently told a group of Pakistani journalists.
But the U.S. Air Force also plays an important role in the drone missions over Pakistan, according to current and former American military officials, and judging from what I saw at that undisclosed location. The military supplies the aircraft. It monitors the flights in and out of Pakistan. And, on occasion, Air Force pilots remotely fly their own drone missions over Pakistan. On that digital map are the far end of the warehouse, there’s a note reminding troops exactly how much notice they must give before U.S. military planes enter Pakistani airspace.
Also, Leon Panetta ended Blackwater Predator missile-load contract
CIA Director Leon Panetta has canceled a contract with the former Blackwater security firm that allowed the company’s operatives to load missiles on Predator drones in Pakistan. Panetta canceled the contract earlier this year and the work is being transitioned to government personnel, a person familiar with the contract said Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the classified program.Blackwater is now known as Xe Services. A spokesman was not immediately available for comment on the contract cancellation. The New York Times first reported the contract’s existence in August. The CIA’s Predator program targets senior al-Qaida operatives and Taliban in Pakistan’s tribal area along the border with Afghanistan, but the agency has never publicly confirmed its role in the operation.
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