All posts filed under: Asia

CIA Drone Strikes: 41 targets, 1,147 deaths

Image from Wired: Drone casualty  Datta Khel, Oct. 18, 2010. Child died a day after this photograph was taken by Behram for Wired. UK Guardian reports on drone strikes. Extract below, emphasis mine. 41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed: US drone strikes – the facts on the ground The drones came for Ayman Zawahiri on 13 January 2006, hovering over a village in Pakistan called Damadola. Ten months later, they came again for the man who would become al-Qaida’s leader, this time in Bajaur. Eight years later, Zawahiri is still alive. Seventy-six children and 29 adults, according to reports after the two strikes, are not.

FBI National Security Letters

“…The most consequential civil liberties case in years is being argued before three judges in California on Wednesday, and it has little to do with the NSA…” No, I had never heard of NSL’s either.  Apparently it is not just the CIA and the NSA “Big Brothering” us; the FBI is also in the act. Below is an extract from a piece by Trevor Timm published in the Guardian. Emphasis is mine. Details of the NSL are here and here.“

It is now “NYT and CIA official”: the US is a leading terrorist state

The NYT recently published an article (Study of  covert aid…) which, I am pretty sure, is the first time that a US MSM publication has officially referred to a (as yet secret) CIA report which acknowledges CIA terrorist acts and admits to the failures of CIA terrorist operations.