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Analysis: #USA How Washington Post strips casualties from covert #drone data: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Analysis: #USA  How Washington Post strips casualties from covert #drone data: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it
Newspaper's drone reporting suggests reluctance to reflect civilian deaths.

Alongside the Washington Post’s latest blockbuster reports on the Obama administration’s drone kill list is a new graphic, depicting US covert strikes since 2002.

Based on studies by monitoring organisations, the graphic lists hundreds of US drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, in what the paper says will be a regularly updated project. Also detailed are ‘the names of prominent militant leaders killed in individual strikes,’ the paper says.

But there the information stops.

All other casualty information has been stripped from the Washington Post’s data. There is no reference to the numbers reported killed in each strike. No names or numbers are put to the civilians killed.

In short, the paper has removed much of the information that is most valuable for assessing the effectiveness of the US drone campaign.

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#UK #London #Protest: No comeback for the war criminal Tony Blair at UCL

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The Corbett Report | Bilderberg and the Turning Point with Dan Dicks (video)

The Corbett Report | Bilderberg and the Turning Point with Dan Dicks (video) | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it
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French Hollande to discuss Syria in #KSA #Saudi

French Hollande to discuss Syria in #KSA #Saudi | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it
French President Francois Hollande is visiting Saudi Arabia to discuss the Syrian crisis.

Syria accuses Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey as well as some Western countries of fanning the flames of violence in the country.

The US, Britain and other Western states have backed a Qatari plan that seeks the creation of a consistent Syrian opposition that would engage in talks with the Damascus government, or provide greater arms supports to insurgents if negotiations fail.

The plan, due to be formally introduced in Qatar’s capital city of Doha on November 8, will unify foreign-based Syrian opposition groups with armed groups fighting on the ground.

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#TURKEY to request Patriot deployment from NATO

#TURKEY  to request Patriot deployment from NATO | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it

Turkey plans to officially request NATO deploy a Patriot missile defense system in its territories as a security precaution against a potential large-scale military offensive from Syria as Syrian shelling on the border raises tensions.

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#US ’s Clinton, #EU ’s Ashton To Finish Off The Balkans

#US ’s Clinton, #EU ’s Ashton To Finish Off The Balkans | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it
During the bombardments of Serbia, NATO resorted to the so-called “method of humanitarian intervention” which received a widespread use in Libya later on. But for Russia’s and China’s veto in the UN Security Council, the US and NATO would be happy to repeat the “Serbian scenario” in Syria.

Neither NATO nor the EU want to recall what this unilateral support cost the Serbs and what ethnic cleansing took place in all former republics of Yugoslavia. 300,000 Serbs were driven out of Croatia, 350,000 out of Kosovo. Thousands of Serbian homes, churches and monasteries were burned.

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#LIBYA FOX News vs Reuters : J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador To Libya, And 3 Embassy Staffers Killed In Attack On American Consulate In Benghazi

#LIBYA  FOX News vs Reuters : J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador To Libya, And 3 Embassy Staffers Killed In Attack On American Consulate In Benghazi | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it
Libya, An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
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#BAHRAIN site of West moral, political ruin. [Anything new?]

#BAHRAIN site of West moral, political ruin. [Anything new?] | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it
An analyst says the suppression of the uprising in Bahrain clearly shows that democracy and human rights are nothing more than ideological window dressing in the West.
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#LIBYA #ChrisStevens #ambassador Benghazi consulate attack was a CIA operation – report

#LIBYA #ChrisStevens #ambassador Benghazi consulate attack was a CIA operation – report | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it

Benghazi consulate attack was a CIA operation – report
The US consulate attack in Benghazi, which claimed the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens on September 11th, was predominantly an intelligence operation, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Sources claim that two out of the four people killed in the attack, and 23 out of the 30 evacuated, were under CIA command. The US administration has been repeatedly challenged about the apparent lack of security at the site, and the report claims that a mix-up between the CIA and State Department branch of the consulate enabled militants to attain easy access to the consulate.

http://rt.com/news/line/2012-11-02/#id39927

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Anti-Obama Benghazi Meme Gets Censored From Facebook | #Stevens #US #SEALs #Americans #BinLaden #Libya

Anti-Obama Benghazi Meme Gets Censored From Facebook | #Stevens #US #SEALs #Americans #BinLaden #Libya | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it
Facebook reportedly took down an image, or a meme, posted by the Special Operations Speaks PAC (SOS) that was critical of President Barack Obama's handling of the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi.

 

Via @Pereira_Joca


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Libyan Militias Keep Refugees From Returning Home to Bani Walid -- #Libya #GNC #UN #HumanRights

Libyan Militias Keep Refugees From Returning Home to Bani Walid -- #Libya #GNC #UN #HumanRights | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it

A town of between 70,000 and 90,000 people, Bani Walid had been repeatedly sacked by various militias since the end of last year’s Libyan civil war. This time, sacked by the Misrata militia yet again, the vast majority of the population fled threats of revenge killings.

“After what happened in Bani Walid you can say almost all of the population fled,” noted one aid group, which expressed hope for getting the civilians, stuck in the desert around the outskirts of town with no food or water, home again. (...) 


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#LIBYA Nerve Gas and Phosphorous Bombs Reportedly Used in USNATO-sponsored Destruction of Bani Walid: War Crimes Continue

#LIBYA Nerve Gas and Phosphorous Bombs Reportedly Used in USNATO-sponsored Destruction of Bani Walid: War Crimes Continue | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it
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Exclusive #Libya #Benghazi #USA #ChisStevens Classified cable warned consulate couldn't withstand 'coordinated attack'

Exclusive #Libya  #Benghazi  #USA #ChisStevens Classified cable warned consulate couldn't withstand 'coordinated attack' | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it
The U.S. Mission in Benghazi convened an “emergency meeting” less than a month before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, because Al Qaeda had training camps in Benghazi and the consulate could not defend...
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Tracking America's drone war #Pakistan #Yemen #Somalia

Tracking America's drone war #Pakistan #Yemen #Somalia | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it
Since 2002, armed drones have become an increasingly important element of U.S. national security policy. This project – which will be updated regularly – documents drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

 

But there the information stops.No names or numbers are put to the civilians killed.

All other casualty information has been stripped from the Washington Post’s data. There is no reference to the numbers reported killed in each strike. No names or numbers are put to the civilians killed.

In short, the paper has removed much of the information that is most valuable for assessing the effectiveness of the US drone campaign.

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How Obama's #drone wars make as many enemies as they kill

How Obama's #drone wars make as many enemies as they kill | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it

One of the most important changes in world politics is that the US has failed to win two wars, one in Iraq, the other in Afghanistan, despite deploying large and vastly expensive land armies.

 

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#election2012 Obama and Romney: War Is Peace

#election2012 Obama and Romney: War Is Peace | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it

A bit more surprisingly, Romney congratulated Obama on executing bin Laden but then said, “we can’t kill our way out of this mess.” The ultimate goal, said Romney, is peace: “We want a peaceful planet. We want people to be able to enjoy their lives and know they’re going to have a bright and prosperous future, not be at war.”

Most brazenly of all, Romney declared, “We don’t want another Iraq, we don’t want another Afghanistan. That’s not the right course for us.”

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#SYRIA|n rebels and govt forces clash over key northwestern airbase — RT

#SYRIA|n  rebels and govt forces clash over key northwestern airbase — RT | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it
Rebel fighters laid siege to a strategic military base in northern Syria and have reportedly been repelled by government forces. The attack precedes a major opposition summit with the objective of uniting rebels under a new leadership.

-- NewslineRT

Three Syrian tanks enter Golan Heights buffer zone – Israeli militaryNEW
Foreign companies in Britain owe around £5.5bn in taxes.NEW
Bomb kills police chief in AfghanistanNEW
Israel’s Barak rejects aide’s comments on Egyptian president.NEW
Four members of Japanese nuclear team took money from power industryNEW
Taliban regional head, 5 others killed in suicide bombing in PakistanNEW
Tunisia to relinquish Benghazi embassy attacker to USNEW
Ancient Princess unearthed in EgyptNEW
One hostage killed as aid workers released in NigerNEW
Kalashnikov’s new AK-12 rifle to go through hardcore tests

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#YEMEN ’s Tattered Reality After 'Fairytale' Revolution

#YEMEN ’s Tattered Reality After 'Fairytale' Revolution | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it

In the country’s sparsely-populated and oil-rich south, formerly known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Yemen, citizens of the once-communist state advocate separatism and independence from unified Yemen.
While many argue that 2011’s political transition failed to produce any tangible change in direction, the United States has backed the new administration and continues to implement a program of drone strikes in Yemen’s rural areas, despite reports of substantial civilian causalities. While the country continues to be plagued by instability and lawlessness, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over Yemen as Washington eyes to further increase its military presence in the Arab state.

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NATO Airbase in #TURKEY to Assume Central Role in Possible War on Syria

NATO Airbase in #TURKEY to Assume Central Role in Possible War on Syria | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it
November 2, 2012 Turkish daily: NATO airbase in Turkey to assume a central role in a possible war on Syria Propaganda alert Compiled by Cem Ertür NATO bases in Turkey ______________________________...
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#IRAN Nobel Peace Prize for Those who Declared War on My Country

#IRAN Nobel Peace Prize for Those who Declared War on My Country | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it
Alfred Nobel writes in his will, my capital should be "invested in safe securities by my executors, shall constitute a fund, the interest on which shall be annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind."

Was destroying the economy of Iran and ruining the lives of thousands of innocent civilians the magnum opus for which the European Union was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

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#Obama Washington’s Appalling Kosovo Policy in Support of a Mafia State

#Obama Washington’s Appalling Kosovo Policy in Support of a Mafia State | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it

The Obama administration should use the Marty report as an opportunity for a comprehensive reassessment of U.S. policy regarding the Kosovo issue. From the beginning, Washington has been the principal advocate of Kosovo’s independence, and has worked closely with Thaci and other KLA leaders. The outcome has been unsatisfactory at best and shameful at worst. One of the first actions of the victorious KLA following NATO’s intervention in 1999 was to drive more than 200,000 non-Albanians—not just Serbs, but other ethnic minorities as well—out of the province. Such ethnic cleansing took place on NATO’s watch, yet Alliance (including U.S.) forces did nothing at the time or in the years since to reverse it.

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Libya: where are the western 'humanitarian interventionists' now? #Libya #GNC #UN #R2P #HumanRights

Libya: where are the western 'humanitarian interventionists' now? #Libya #GNC #UN #R2P #HumanRights | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it

"Massacres in Libya, human rights abuses, a ban on demonstrations, claims that chemical weapons are being used by the government- but silence from the west's 'humanitarian interventionists' - the very people who couldn't stop talking about Libya in Feb/March 2011.

Above you can watch an interview with me on RT on western double standards towards human rights in Libya and what it tells us about 'humanitarian interventionism'. "


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Justice with Judge Jeanine Opening Statement 10/27/12 #Stevens #Benghazi #Libya #Obama #Hallary #ALQAEDA #US

Justice with Judge Jeanine Opening Statement 10/27/12 regarding Benghazi coverup.

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#BAHRAIN Bahraini blogger gets six months for alleged royal insult 

#BAHRAIN Bahraini blogger gets six months for alleged royal insult  | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it
A Bahraini online activist has been sentenced to six months in jail for Twitter posts allegedly insulting the king. Three other bloggers remain in custody, awaiting court rulings, in the latest crackdowns on opposition by the government.
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Rush military caller says beyond shadow of doubt Obama knew about Benghazi attack and ordered no response

Rush military caller says beyond shadow of doubt Obama knew about Benghazi attack and ordered no response | The greatest weapon is not a gun. Nor it is nuclear. It is information control | Scoop.it
He told Rush that protocol dictates that as soon as the situation room got the email about the Benghazi attack, someone marched up to the president and informed him of the attack. He says it’s a bald faced lie if they say otherwise.

He also says that it was the president who gave the order at his 5pm meeting that day to not respond to the Libya attack in progress.

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