#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 Obama’s 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 Bureau’s 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”: Afghanistan’s 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 attack”“from 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 Afghanistan’s 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 Afghanistan’s 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. Afghanistan’s 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 Pentagon’s 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 today’s 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 Afghanistan’s mineral wealth were revealed three years back, at a 2007 Conference organized by the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce. The matter of Afghanistan’s mineral riches, however, was not considered newsworthy at the time.
The US Administration’s acknowledgment that it first took cognizance of Afghanistan’s vast mineral wealth following the release of the USGS 2007 report is an obvious red herring. Afghanistan’s mineral wealth and energy resources (including natural gas) were known to both America’s 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:“It’s 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 anyone’s 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.
#855666 Feb 7, 2013
I have no problem with drone attacks and am glad Obama is ordering them on terrorists--but that has to be clearly defined with REAL guidelines and not Obama sitting there with a deck of cards; otherwise, it might be on American citizens without trial and whose only terrorize him by not agreeing with him.
I also love the hypocrisy--if Bush had been doing this, the left would be screaming and it would on the front page every day.
#855668 Feb 7, 2013
It seems ironic that the oil companies are making huge profits on our natural resources and then receive subsidies and pay no taxes.
What a deal eh?
T Boone Pickens! All his billions couldn't keep his grandson alive.
Maybe he shouldn't have spent millions lying about John Kerry.
Karma has mysterious ways.
All this whining about drones is amusing at best. They're whining about all the innocent children killed! How many were killed in our ground invasion into Iraq? No whining then, who knows how many Iraqis were killed, probably over half a million, not to mention the use of white phosphorous, causing birth defects till now.
The republicans are just all about the bullshyt.
Since: Sep 10
#855669 Feb 7, 2013
Waxturd brought out Jimmy again??
#855670 Feb 7, 2013
So, as usual you have no specifics, just unsupported accusations.
#855671 Feb 7, 2013
LILY ARE YOU OK TODAY WHAT HAPPENED MAMA NOBODY IN THE STATE OF FLA. WANTED TO F you last night you seem a little off today sperm count low in your tummy,I would let off some but for some reason I think you have BAD REQLLY BAD TEETH LIKE BRIANS BABYmomma
#855672 Feb 7, 2013
Sure...until Obammy starts redistributing your liquor...then you'll turn on him for sure.
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