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Sun Dec 30, 2012, 06:12 PM

US Drone War Inspires Militants to Hunt & Kill ‘Informers’

US Drone War Inspires Militants to Hunt & Kill ‘Informers’
By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday December 30, 2012 10:07 am

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Members of militant groups in Pakistan may not be able to do much to prevent the United States from launching drone strikes in Pakistan, but, as the New York Times‘ Declan Walsh reports, militants conduct witch hunts against people they suspect of being informers and often torture them before shooting, hanging or beheading them.

From Walsh’s story:

…For several years now, militant enforcers have scoured the tribal belt in search of informers who help the CIA find and kill the spy agency’s jihadist quarry. The militants’ technique — often more witch hunt than investigation — follows a well-established pattern. Accused tribesmen are abducted from homes and workplaces at gunpoint and tortured. A sham religious court hears their case, usually declaring them guilty. Then they are forced to speak into a video camera.

The taped confessions, which are later distributed on CD, vary in style and content. But their endings are the same: execution by hanging, beheading or firing squad…

Walsh describes “macabre recordings” of individuals paid by the CIA to help them find targets. They are made to speak on camera like one young tribesman, Sidinkay, who was forced to say, “I am a spy and I took part in four attacks,” and, “Stay away from the Americans.” Stay away from their dollars.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 06:35 PM

1. Unmanned robots are finding terrorists leaders now.

The act of looking for informers is a response of a primitive mind. Terrorists leaders will continue to die and the killing will become more efficient as the sophistication and range of robots increases even more.

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Sun Dec 30, 2012, 06:47 PM

3. They were doing this before the drone attacks.

Then it was government collaborators, CIA infiltrators, Zionist spies, those out to corrupt the ummah or by their pitiful efforts completely thwart and stymie the militants' all-powerful deity.

It's like the Shi'ites killed in the truck-bomb attack. It's been going on for a while. They like to blame us, and we like to blame us (or, precisely, sort of an "exclusive we"--"we" minus "us")--as long as it satisfies everybody's psychology need to blame somebody. Just as long as nobody thinks that the blame serves anything beyond a psychological need it's an okay crutch.

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