Posts Tagged ‘Year of the Drone’

LeT as dangerous as Taliban, al-Qaida: US; U.S. struggles to counter Taliban propaganda; US drone strikes kill 15 in North Waziristan; Peter Bergen, Katherine Tiedmann’s Year of the Drone Interactive Map, must see

October 3, 2010


On March 27, we predicted that since the U.S. CIA director said that there were “…less than 100 al-Qaida in Afghanistan..”, that the LeT would be the new “terrorist targets”, click here to see that Post. The following story comes from The Times of India, click here for the full story. This is another reason to never stop military action in Central Asia. Where to next?

    NEW DELHI: The US on Thursday said Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit was as dangerous as Taliban and al-Qaida with which it was working in close coordination and that Pakistan has been asked to deny it a foothold in that country.

U.S. struggles to counter Taliban propaganda, from the New York Times, read the whole story, click here. Ed. Note: The Pentagon has spent over $500 Million on “Public Relations” to show the “good results of the military efforts” and the Taliban are winning this PR war also? What gives? Get out now…

    KABUL – The Taliban in recent months has developed increasingly sophisticated and nimble propaganda tactics that have alarmed U.S. officials struggling to curb the militant group’s growing influence across Afghanistan.

US drone strikes kill 15 in North Waziristan, from, click here for full story.

    MIRANSHAH: Two US drone strikes killed 15 militants Saturday in a lawless tribal belt in Pakistan, where a land route for Nato supplies was blocked for a third consecutive day, officials said.

    Officials in Washington say its drone strikes in the region have killed several high-value targets, including Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, and help protect troops in Afghanistan from attacks plotted across the border.

    …However, drone attacks are a sensitive issue in Pakistan as the attacks also fuel anti-American sentiment in the conservative Muslim country.

    …Pakistani officials have reported that at least 21 US drone strikes in September have killed around 120 people, the highest monthly toll for the attacks.

See Peter Bergen, Katherine Tiedmann’s work at counterterrorism/New American, click here and see the map from Year of the Drone, click here.

    Our study shows that the 172 reported drone strikes in northwest Pakistan, including 76 in 2010, from 2004 to the present have killed approximately between 1,153 and 1,772 individuals, of whom around 842 to 1,238 were described as militants in reliable press accounts. Thus, the true non-militant fatality rate since 2004 according to our analysis is approximately 30 percent



“It’s the Oil, Stupid” (and the pipleline routes); Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation; Drones are Illegal? Hearings now in Congress; Premptive Self Defense (attacking Iraq) is Illegal

April 30, 2010

IraqOilMap.jpeg No more money to fight for OIL. Where it all began: Dick Cheney Energy Task Force. This map is from MARCH 2001, six months before 9/11.

Tell your members of Congress to VOTE NO on the extra 33 BILLION dollar appropriation to go to the war in Afghanistan. Over One Trillion Dollars will be wasted on the Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan wars. FOR OIL. From Just Foreign Policy: Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation, support Feingold-McGovern bill (Click Here).

IraqOilMap.jpeg Thanks to Judicial Watch and their long-term lawsuit against the Cheney Energy Task Force, many discoveries were brought forth, go to their website here for all the maps of 60% of the world’s oil all within the size of the state of Kansas.

One out of three killed by drones is a civilian, says study WASHINGTON: One out of every three killed by US drone in Pakistan is a civilian, says a report by the New America Foundation(Read Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedmann’s study “The Year of the Drone, CLICK HERE)

WASHINGTON: Is the CIA’s secret program of drone strikes against terrorists in Pakistan and Yemen a case of illegal assassinations or legitimate self-defense? For Our Past Drone Stories, Click here

    The CIA strikes are ”a clear violation of international law,” said Mary Ellen O’Connell, law professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School, who added that going after terrorists should be a law enforcement activity. She said the rest of the world does not recognize American authority to carry out attacks in Yemen and Pakistan, where the United States is not involved in direct armed conflict. CIA officers who operate the drones could be arrested and charged with murder in other countries, O’Connell warned, likening it to having the Mexican police or military bomb hotels in Arizona in order to target drug lords who may be hiding there. Full Story, Click Here.

Read Mary Ellen O’Connell’s work “The Myth of Premptive Self Defense” CLICK HERE. This study was written in 2002 after the US invaded Iraq saying it was Premptive Self Defense because Iraq’s leader had Weapons of Mass Destruction and may use them against us and others.

    Here’s a taste of what is in the study: …One plan totake action against Iraq envisions a force of more than 200,000 troops to invade and takecontrol of the country. Supporters argue that Iraq’s leadership must be eliminated because the Ba’ath regime has continued the development of weapons of mass destruction, and might again use those weapons against an opponent , or supply the weapons to terrorist networks.9 The invasion plan seeks to preempt any danger by eliminating the leaders who might authorize such attacks or assist others to do so. This strategy is based on a conception of preemptive self-defense.10 Preemptive selfdefense, however, is clearly unlawful under international law. Armed action in self-defense is permitted only against armed attack. Some scholars have argued over the years that preemptive self-defense should be considered lawful, but the United States as a government has consistently supported the prohibition on such preemptive use of force. The United States has taken this position for compelling reasons of national security and in light of its national values. It is joined in this position by the vast majority of the international community. Thus the reality is that the United States has no right to use force to prevent possible, as distinct from actual, armed attacks. The further reality is that the United States does not advance its security or its moral standing in the world by doing so.

Tell your members of Congress to VOTE NO on the extra 33 BILLION dollar appropriation to go to the war in Afghanistan. Over One Trillion Dollars will be wasted on the Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan wars. FOR OIL. From Just Foreign Policy: Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation, support Feingold-McGovern bill (Click Here).

Today’s Headlines at

Pentagon: Still Not Enough Troops in Afghanistan
Afghans Protest After NATO Kills Father of Five
France Reports Yet More Civilian Killings by NATO in Afghanistan
Forces Face Four More Years of Afghan Combat, Warns NATO Official
Pakistani Taliban Resume Killings in Swat Valley
In Shift, Pakistan Considers Attack on Militant Lair
India, Pakistan Have ‘Very Good Talks,’ Signal Thaw
Clinton Warns Iran Not To ‘Disrupt’ Nuclear Talks
Neocon Press Slams Obama as Trying to ‘Soften’ Iran Sanctions
Clinton Warns Iran, Syria on Threats to Israel
AP Source: US Navy Has Encounter With Iranian Jet
Settlers Attack Palestinians to Protest Police Crackdown
Israel’s Netanyahu Wins Internal Party Power Struggle
Iraq’s Banned Ba’ath Party Holds 1st Public Meeting in Syria
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime Has Triple Standards
Gitmo Canadian’s Trial Brings Renewed Focus to Treatment
Read the above stories by clicking here.