Obama: Yes for Predator drones in Libya
Obama: Yes for Predator drones in Libya.
According to the Washington Times "terrorism scholars think Osama bin Laden" is "likeliest to be" in “mountainous regions” of Pakistan. This dubious speculation is part of the false "justification" for drone attacks on Pakistan.
Now President Barack Obama has sanctioned Defense Secretary Robert Gates to authorize the use Predator drones in Libya.
It is a fact that the drone operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan are headed and controlled by the CIA. An important and less reported aspect of these drone attacks is that the CIA relies on the private military/mercenary company Blackwater/Xe for its drone operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The act of using drone attacks in the "humanitarian" war in Libya is an admission by the US Administration that it is subservient to the goals of the CIA and the private mercenary company Blackwater/Xe.
The United States government, led by the CIA has attacked northwest Pakistan using drones since 2004. Estimated killed in these CIA unmanned drone attacks is between 1,435 and 2,283 as of March 17, 2011.
According to a report by Conflict Monitoring Center (CMC) more than 2000 persons have been killed by CIA unmanned drone attacks and most of those deaths are of innocent civilians. CMC showed that 2010 was the deadliest year ever of causalities resulting from drone attacks, with 134 strikes inflicting over 900 deaths.
How is it possible that President Barack Obama could condone the use of drones in Libya with the doublethink excuse of "precision capability"?
Libya: US to deploy armed drones - 22 April 2011
The BBC reports.....
Armed US Predator drones are to carry out missions over Libya, Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said.
Mr Gates said their use had been authorised by President Barack Obama and would give "precision capability" to the military operation.
Pakistan: US drone raid 'kills 25' in N Waziristan - 22 April 2011
The BBC reports.....
At least 25 people have been killed in a US drone strike in the troubled Pakistani tribal region of North Waziristan, officials told the BBC.
Missiles were fired on a large compound in the town of Spinwam, but five women and four children in a nearby house were also killed.
U.S. still has options for drones if denied use of Pakistani bases - 20 April 2011
The Washington Times reports.....
U.S. military forces will still be able to target al Qaeda terrorists in mountainous Southwest Asia with remotely piloted drones based in Afghanistan should Pakistan’s government deny the use of its territory to launch attacks.
Col. Dean Bushey, deputy director of the Army’s Joint Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence, told an international-relations conference Wednesday that U.S. Reaper and Predator aircraft could still reach the “mountainous regions” of Pakistan without being based in that country.
In a subsequent interview with The Washington Times, he elaborated that “mountainous regions” referred to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, effectively a no man’s land and the place terrorism scholars think Osama bin Laden is likeliest to be.
Afghanistan: Drone missile 'killed two US soldiers'
The BBC reports....
A drone missile strike is suspected of killing two US soldiers by mistake in southern Afghanistan last week, US military officials have said.
US drones frequently target suspected militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Pakistan warns US 'to restrict CIA activities'
The BBC reports.....
Pakistan has asked the US to reduce the number of CIA agents in the country and to limit drone strikes along the Afghan border, US media reports say.
C.I.A. Said to Use Outsiders to Put Bombs on Drones
Note: Court documents made public reveal that Blackwater/Xe has violated US federal law 288 times. Blackwater/Xe has been shown to obstruct federal investigations into their activities, making numerous false statements to federal authorities including the State Department. In Iraq, the company diverted weapons intended for the U.S. military to the company's own private contracts.
On September 16, 2007, Blackwater contractors shot and killed 17 Iraqi civilians in Nisoor Square, Baghdad. US military reports indicate that the US contractors opened fire without provocation and used excessive force. Videotape also shows the Blackwater contractors opening fire against civilians without provocation. The Blackwater employees responsible for the shootings never received sentences for their actions and were granted immunity by the Bush administration's Justice Department.