Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:49 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
It's Time to Challenge the Propaganda Regarding Who is Killed by U. S. Drones
Robert Greenwald, head of the progressive internet video and documentary film company, Brave New Films, recently traveled to Pakistan, supported financially by hundreds of BNF donors, to witness first hand the stories of families who have had innocent loved ones killed by U.S. drone attacks. Greenwald is challenging both the morality and the factual effectiveness of the U.S drone program as we learn more about the failures and questionable policies...
Let's assume for a moment the drones can be technically accurate, although that is questionable. What information are they using to establish their targets? Basically it is a form of bribery, where the CIA gives former Pakistani military large sums of money to pass out to sources on the ground in Swat, where the Taliban are most active. Sometimes, -- and it is impossible to tell how much -- these bribes lead to the settling of old and local scores ."
So there is another painful and tragic side to the drone story -- not the one of killing so called "militant targets" but rather the slaughter of innocent civilians, as stories of drone victims have emerged in the Fata area of Swat where the drones are targeted...
Greenwald recounted one situation, as told to him from people from area of the bombing that there was a group of elders were meeting in a Jirga -- a kind town meeting of elders -- to resolve a community conflict , this one a dispute about mining. But the meeting was interpreted by drone intelligence as a group of men with guns -- obviously not unusual for the region -- and it became a "signature strike" -- and a missile killed between 20 and 40 of the elders...
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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 09:12 AM
Bonobo (28,838 posts)
2. All that outrage for Israel and yet...
And yet Americans can't seem to muster the same outrage for the US killing for NO REASON having to do with self-defense and using all your tax money to do it -putting blood on your hands.
How fucked up is that, America?