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#855642 Feb 7, 2013
February 7, 2013
U.S. Cancels Regular Drone Strikes on Saturdays
Posted by Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)Citing budgetary concerns, the United States announced today that it would discontinue regular Saturday drone strikes on U.S. citizens, beginning in 2014.
In announcing the decision, the White House spokesman Jay Carney acknowledged that the cutback in drone service was bound to be controversial.In the United States, weve always prided ourselves on our ability to target our citizens with drone strikes, Monday through Saturday, regardless of the weather, he said.We know that losing Saturday drone service is going to take some getting used to.
But the move to cutback in drone service drew sharp criticism from a longtime defender of the program, the former Vice-President Dick Cheney.Like most Americans, I thought Id never see the day when drones just up and take Saturdays off, he said.This would never be happening if I were still President.
As if to silence critics, Mr. Carney assured reporters that drones could still get the job done Monday through Friday, and reminded U.S. citizens to update the government on any change of address so the drones would know where to reach them.
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#855643 Feb 7, 2013
WHEN THE DRONES START BOMBING LATIN AMERICA WILL THE LATINOS STAND BY AND WATCH AND NOT PROTEST OR WILL THEY STAND UP FOR THE RIGHT THING THEY WILL STAND UP THE ARE NOT LIKE 3/5 DEMOCRATS, the LATINOS VOTE FOR BOTH PARTIES THATS WHY THEY GET MORE RESPECT IN POLITICS THAN 3/5 DEMOCRATS LOVE LATIN CULTURE AND REAL BLACK CULTURE NOT THE 3/5 CULTURE
#855645 Feb 7, 2013
Nuculur the Senate votes to (End Oil Company Subsidies) it was defeated by a bi-partisan vote 52-48!! Darn those Democrats!!
Since: Dec 08
gauley bridge wv
#855646 Feb 7, 2013
As I said yesterday. Whoever owns the mineral rights for that parcel of land.
#855648 Feb 7, 2013
Well, if the Drones are coming, it's recommended that you lay down, but, by all means, go out there and stand up you nutjob
#855649 Feb 7, 2013
Jew-boy, jew-boy whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come fo' you?
#855650 Feb 7, 2013
WE ARE JUST LIKE THE BAD GUYS no WE ARE THE FING BAD GUYS Anonymous US intelligence officials have also revealed details of CIA video surveillance on particular strikes. And the Terror Tuesday process in which hundreds of named alleged militants have been selected by US agencies for targeted killing has been widely reported.
Photographs and other documents also occasionally surface. When a civilian family was killed in the first drone strike of Barack Obamas presidency, local officials issued formal paperwork (see right) that was later obtained by the campaign group Center for Civilians in Conflict.
ID cards, family photographs and eyewitness testimony of attacks can all provide useful corroborating evidence. The graves of militants killed in drone strikes can also name them as martyrs and give details of the strikes in which they died.
Drawing on information from a wide array of sources, the Bureaus team will seek to build a detailed understanding of those killed.
Focus on Pakistan
While the Bureau will seek to extend the project to Yemen and Somalia in the near future, the initial focus will be on the nation where most US covert drone strikes have taken place.
Researchers based in Pakistan and the UK will seek to build up biographical information for all of those killed, whether civilian or militant their name, age, gender, tribe, and village, for example. Where possible, photographs, witness statements and official documentation will also be published.
The team will seek assistance from the Pakistan and US governments in identifying those killed. And researchers will also call on Taliban factions and other militant groups to release information on the many hundreds of fighters killed in more than 360 US drone strikes since 2004.
#855651 Feb 7, 2013
Not Surprized! ROTFLMAO!
#855652 Feb 7, 2013
I had an Algebra teacher in high school whose voice was like a drone; it was unbearable, we'd all fall asleep, She was around 80.
#855653 Feb 7, 2013
THEY ARE DEPLOYING drones to the mexicoon border as we speak theY will soon be armed lololol
#855654 Feb 7, 2013
lily prefers to lay down; that way, she doesn't have to fear breaking her bottle on the descent to the floor.
#855655 Feb 7, 2013
Arm the drones with assault rifles__problem solved.
Who owns the oil is an interesting question particularly in an era where directional/horizontal drilling, fracking etc etc is commonplace.
How the government has and continues to issue mineral rights, oil leases and drilling permits is also interesting__amusing actually. T. Boone Pickens father worked for the US government and damned if he wasn't one of the guys that issued oil leases.
Nepotism and cronyism was the rule back in "the good old days."
#855656 Feb 7, 2013
You're touched from afar? As in UFO's? No shyt.
#855658 Feb 7, 2013
Are you sure it wasn't the alcohol in your slurpee thermos?
#855659 Feb 7, 2013
So? Who cares? You live in Mexico? Where's Jane? Did you push off the platform?
#855660 Feb 7, 2013
The War is Worth Waging: Afghanistans Vast Reserves of Minerals and Natural Gas
The War on Afghanistan is a Profit driven "Resource War".
US and NATO forces invaded Afghanistan more than eleven years ago.
Afghanistan is defined as a state sponsor of terrorism.
The war on Afghanistan continues to be heralded as a war of retribution in response to the 9/11 attacks.
This article, first published in June 2010, points to the real economic reasons why US-NATO forces invaded Afghanistan eleven years ago.
The legal argument used by Washington and NATO to invade and occupy Afghanistan under the doctrine of collective security was that the September 11 2001 attacks constituted an undeclared armed attackfrom abroad by an unnamed foreign power.
Michel Chossudovsky, February 5, 2013
The 2001 bombing and invasion of Afghanistan has been presented to World public opinion as a Just War, a war directed against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, a war to eliminate Islamic terrorism and instate Western style democracy.
The economic dimensions of the Global War on Terrorism(GWOT) are rarely mentioned. The post 9/11 counter-terrorism campaign has served to obfuscate the real objectives of the US-NATO war.
The war on Afghanistan is part of a profit driven agenda: a war of economic conquest and plunder,a resource war.
While Afghanistan is acknowledged as a strategic hub in Central Asia, bordering on the former Soviet Union, China and Iran, at the crossroads of pipeline routes and major oil and gas reserves, its huge mineral wealth as well as its untapped natural gas reserves have remained, until June 2010, totally unknown to the American public.
According to a joint report by the Pentagon, the US Geological Survey (USGS) and USAID, Afghanistan is now said to possess previously unknown and untapped mineral reserves, estimated authoritatively to be of the order of one trillion dollars (New York Times, U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan NYTimes.com , June 14, 2010, See also BBC, 14 June 2010).
The previously unknown deposits including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.
An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the Saudi Arabia of lithium, a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.
The vast scale of Afghanistans mineral wealth was discovered by a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists. The Afghan government and President Hamid Karzai were recently briefed, American officials said.
While it could take many years to develop a mining industry, the potential is so great that officials and executives in the industry believe it could attract heavy investment even before mines are profitable, providing the possibility of jobs that could distract from generations of war.
There is stunning potential here, Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the United States Central Command, said There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant.
The value of the newly discovered mineral deposits dwarfs the size of Afghanistans existing war-bedraggled economy, which is based largely on opium production and narcotics trafficking as well as aid from the United States and other industrialized countries. Afghanistans gross domestic product is only about $12 billion.
#855662 Feb 7, 2013
The natural resources should belong to the American people and profits distributed to them.
#855663 Feb 7, 2013
so you are proud of being a dunce ok NOW you start to make sense
#855664 Feb 7, 2013
Nobody has any idea where the guy is, probably headed for Mexico.
Executed the daughter of an LA police captain that he blamed for his dismissal, along with her boyfriend, then shot three cops last night, one fatally.
#855665 Feb 7, 2013
Afghanistan could become, according to The New York Times the Saudi Arabia of lithium.Lithium is an increasingly vital resource, used in batteries for everything from mobile phones to laptops and key to the future of the electric car. At present Chile, Australia, China and Argentina are the main suppliers of lithium to the world market. Bolivia and Chile are the countries with the largest known reserves of lithium.The Pentagon has been conducting ground surveys in western Afghanistan.Pentagon officials said that their initial analysis at one location in Ghazni province showed the potential for lithium deposits as large as those of Bolivia(U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan NYTimes.com , June 14, 2010, see also Lithium Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Previously Unknown Deposits of Minerals in Afghanistan
The Pentagons near one trillion dollar estimate of previously unknown deposits is a useful smokescreen. The Pentagon one trillion dollar figure is more a trumped up number rather than an estimate:We took a look at what we knew to be there, and asked what would it be worth now in terms of todays dollars. The trillion dollar figure seemed to be newsworthy.(The Sunday Times, London, June 15 2010, emphasis added)
Moreover, the results of a US Geological Survey study (quoted in the Pentagon memo) on Afghanistans mineral wealth were revealed three years back, at a 2007 Conference organized by the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce. The matter of Afghanistans mineral riches, however, was not considered newsworthy at the time.
The US Administrations acknowledgment that it first took cognizance of Afghanistans vast mineral wealth following the release of the USGS 2007 report is an obvious red herring. Afghanistans mineral wealth and energy resources (including natural gas) were known to both Americas business elites and the US government prior to the Soviet-Afghan war (1979-1988).
Geological surveys conducted by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and early 1980s confirm the existence of vast reserves of copper (among the largest in Eurasia), iron, high grade chrome ore, uranium, beryl, barite, lead, zinc, fluorspar, bauxite, lithium, tantalum, emeralds, gold and silver.(Afghanistan, Mining Annual Review, The Mining Journal, June, 1984). These surveys suggest that the actual value of these reserves could indeed be substantially larger than the one trillion dollars estimate intimated by the Pentagon-USCG-USAID study.
More recently, in a 2002 report, the Kremlin confirmed what was already known:Its no secret that Afghanistan possesses rich reserves, in particular of copper at the Aynak deposit, iron ore in Khojagek, uranium, polymetalic ore, oil and gas,(RIA Novosti, January 6, 2002):
Afghanistan has never been anyones colony no foreigner had ever dug here before the 1950s. The Hindu Kush mountains, stretching, together with their foothills, over a vast area in Afghanistan, are where the minerals lie. Over the past 40 years, several dozen deposits have been discovered in Afghanistan, and most of these discoveries were sensational. They were kept secret, however, but even so certain facts have recently become known.
It turns out that Afghanistan possesses reserves of nonferrous and ferrous metals and precious stones, and, if exploited, they would possibly be able to cover even the earnings from the drug industry. The copper deposit in Aynak in the southern Afghan Helmand Province is said to be the largest in the Eurasian continent, and its location (40 km from Kabul) makes it cheap to develop. The iron ore deposit at Hajigak in the central Bamian Province yields ore of an extraordinarily high quality, the reserves of which are estimated to be 500m tonnes. A coal deposit has also been discovered not far from there.
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