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BLACK FACTS About U.S. Drones

December 1, 2012

2152 Killed in 300 US Drone strikes in 4 years in Pakistan. (NEW RECORD) Many of them is Civilians.

U.S. drone crashes at overseas civilian airports have increased significantly over the past two years, according to a new report by The Washington Post.

The report is based on a review of thousands of pages of unclassified Air Force investigation reports, obtained by public-records requests.

The papers cite several reasons for the spike in drone crashes, from pilot error due to inexperience to poor coordination with air-traffic controllers.

The news comes on the heels of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s announcement that the U.S. plans to increase its use of drones in Africa and the Middle East. Daily Beast

HIGHLIGHTS:

Among the problems repeatedly cited are pilot error, mechanical failure, software bugs in the “brains” of the aircraft and poor coordination with civilian air-traffic controllers.

On Jan. 14, 2011, a Predator drone crashed off the Horn of Africa while trying to return to an international airport next to a U.S. military base in Djibouti. It was the first known accident involving a Predator or Reaper drone near a civilian airport. Predators and Reapers can carry satellite-guided missiles and have become the Obama administration’s primary weapon against al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

Since then, at least six more Predators and Reapers have crashed in the vicinity of civilian airports overseas, including other instances in which contractors were at the controls.

The mishaps have become more common at a time when the Pentagon and domestic law-enforcement agencies are pressing the Federal Aviation Administration to open U.S. civil airspace to surveillance drones.

The FAA permits drone flights only in rare cases, citing the risk of midair collisions. The Defense Department can fly Predators and Reapers on training and testing missions in restricted U.S. airspace near military bases.

The pressure to fly drones in the same skies as passenger planes will only increase as the war in Afghanistan winds down and the military and CIA redeploy their growing fleets of Predators and Reapers. Last year, the military began flying unarmed Reapers from a civilian airport in Ethiopia to spy in next-door Somalia.

In a Nov. 20 speech in Washington, Panetta said the Pentagon would expand its use of the unmanned attack planes “outside declared combat zones.” The Washington Post

BLACK FACTS:

In 2008, after Barack Obama won the presidency in the U.S., the drone strikes escalated and soon began occurring almost weekly, later nearly daily, and so became a permanent feature of life for those living in the tribal borderlands of northern Pakistan.

The United Nations has identified the U.S. as the world’s number one user of “targeted killings” largely due to its drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The CIA and the U.S. military have used drones to target and kill those Washington describes as “suspected militants” in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Libya.

An October report on the secret U.S. drone war in Pakistan says the attacks have killed far more civilians than acknowledged, traumatized a nation and undermined international law. In “Living Under Drones,” researchers conclude the drone strikes “terrorize men, women, and children, giving rise to anxiety and psychological trauma among civilian communities.” Democracy Now

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Obama vs Bush Strikes in Pakistan

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America’s Drone War Against Pakistan.
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