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Drone war whistleblower Daniel Hale sentenced to 45 months in prison | WSWS - July 21, 2021 |

In a brief statement before Judge O'Grady handed down the sentence, Hale said he copied the classified documents because he believed it "was necessary to dispel the lie that drone warfare keeps us safe, that our lives are worth more than theirs." The courageous whistleblower then went on, "I am here because I stole something that was never mine to take--precious human life. I couldn't keep living in a world in which people pretend that things weren't happening that were. Please, your honor, forgive me for taking papers instead of human lives."

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 08:51:35 AM EST
Obama's Weak Defense of His Record on Drone Killings | The Atlantic - Dec 2016 |

Shortly before Obama took office, leaving his job as a United States senator, a CIA drone strike on a funeral in Pakistan killed as many as 41 civilians, an incident that apparently wasn't enough to cause him to rethink the wisdom of the U.S. approach.

President Obama presided over a drone strike for the first time shortly after taking office, on January 22, 2009. The strike missed its target, and Newsweek reported that Obama was made aware almost immediately that innocents died in the attack.

    Jan. 23, 2009 - Briefing: The first Obama fatal strike killed between seven and twelve people, reported initially as `foreign militants'. Seven civilians, mostly of one family, reportedly died. Lawyer Mirza Shahzad Akbar, representing surviving family members, has named the dead civilians as: retired school teacher Mohammad Khalil; Mansur ur Rehman; 14-year-old Azaz ur Rehman; Khushdil Khan, who owned a hardware store; and farmers Obaidullah, Rafiqullah and Siffatullah. Another boy survived with terrible injuries.

    In a later report personally given to Obama by his then-CIA chief General Michael Hayden, the Agency admitted missing its high value target and killing `five al Qaeda militants', but made no mention of civilian deaths. Location: Zharki, Mir Ali, North Waziristan.

By the end of 2009 the CIA had already conducted its 100th drone strike in Pakistan.

The following year, a significant escalation in the drone war occurred not because "this technology really began to take off," to repeat Obama's construction, which seems to assign responsibility for targeted killings to drones themselves, but in part because of a deliberate response to a suicide attack on a U.S. outpost in Afghanistan that killed multiple CIA officers, prompting an unnamed official to tell The Guardian, "This attack will be avenged through successful, aggressive counterterrorism operations." Many were cross-border drone strikes targeting the Taliban. As the Bureau of Investigative Journalism later reported in its retrospective timeline, "2010 was to be the bloodiest year of drone strikes in Pakistan."

These are war crimes according to International Law and Human Rights principles ...

From the diaries ...

Af-Pak War: Failure to Win Hearts and Minds | Jan 2, 2010 |

FOB Chapman Hit by Suicide Bomber - 8 CIA Killed | Dec 31, 2009 |

PS US Intelligence persons never cease to get out of their role of lying and putting innocent lives in harms way for a greater objective. Michael Hayden and PropOrNot

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 09:10:23 AM EST
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Jordan emerges as key CIA counterterrorism ally | WaPo - Jan 4, 2010 |

U.S. sources said Sharif Ali bin Zeid was the Jordanian operative working closely with al-Balawi, who was from the same hometown as the onetime leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Jordanian and U.S. intelligence agencies apparently believed al-Balawi had been rehabilitated from his extremist views and were using him to hunt Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's No. 2 figure, the former intelligence official said.

Former CIA official Robert Richer called the bombing the greatest loss of life for the agency since the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed eight agents.

An American intelligence official vowed last week that the United States would avenge the attack.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 09:53:44 AM EST
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The remarkable case of the triple agent and the bombing in Khost, Afghanistan | Brookings - Dec 2019 |

The bomber was a Palestinian whose family had been become refugees in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, leaving Beersheva and ultimately settling in Kuwait. In 1991, they became refugees again when the Kuwaiti government expelled the Palestinian community after the American-led coalition liberated the country from the Iraqis. [Arafat leader of the PLO and Hashemite King Hussein of Jordan threw their fate behind Saddam Hussein and in opposition to the Saudi Kingdom] Humam Khalil al Balawi grew up in Jordan and then got a medical degree in Istanbul, Turkey, where he married a Turkish woman. Upon returning to Jordan, he took a job in the sprawling Marka refugee camp delivering medical aid to the poor.

... and Joe Biden truly believes more weapons to the region will bring peace ... up till now his acts have been highly counterproductive. Use a mirror Joe.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 09:55:31 AM EST
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