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Fri Mar 8, 2013, 06:15 PM

Air Force erases drone strike data amid criticisms

Air Force erases drone strike data amid criticisms

Quietly and without much notice, the Air Force has reversed its policy of publishing statistics on drone strikes in Afghanistan as the debate about drone warfare hits a fever pitch in Washington. In addition, it has erased previously published drone strike statistics from its website.

Since October, the Air Force had been providing monthly updates on drone strikes -- or in its words "weapons releases from remotely piloted aircraft (RPA)." But today, Air Force Times reporters Brian Everstine and Aaron Mehta discovered something was amiss: The statistics published for February "contained empty space where the box of RPA statistics had previously been." In other words: The drone strike data was gone. But that's not all. The Air Force had also scrubbed drone strike data from earlier monthly reports.

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The Pentagon told Air Force Times it had nothing to do with the change, while Air Force Central Command didn't respond to a request for comment. But Everstine and Mehta point out that the timing of the changes are a tad suspicious given recent actions by a certain Kentucky senator.


"These are not the drones you are looking for. Nothing to see here, keep moving."

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 06:25 PM

1. It's truly amazing how the Air Force, the Pentagon, in fact the entire Military

 

can act with total independence and a lack of oversight by the civilian Executive Branch of our government.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 07:05 PM

2. So transparent, it isn't even there.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 07:59 PM

3. move along

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 09:54 PM

4. If they did no wrong, then they've got nothing to hide.

Good for us, good for them, yes?

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