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NY Times, February 5....
British and Pakistani journalists said Sunday that the C.I.A.’s drone strikes on suspected militants in Pakistan have repeatedly targeted rescuers who responded to the scene of a strike, as well as mourners at subsequent funerals.
The report, by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, found that at least 50 civilians had been killed in follow-up strikes after they rushed to help those hit by a drone-fired missile. The bureau counted more than 20 other civilians killed in strikes on funerals. The findings were published on the bureau’s Web site and in The Sunday Times of London.
Along the same lines as this report, you may remember the helicopter gunship video shot in Iraq and made available by WikiLeaks, which clearly presented U.S. military members slaughtering a group of unarmed men....and then circling the helicopter around to blast other Iraqi rescuers.
The U.S. military-industrial complex's response to the NY Times article....
A senior American counterterrorism official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, questioned the report’s findings, saying “targeting decisions are the product of intensive intelligence collection and observation.” The official added: “One must wonder why an effort that has so carefully gone after terrorists who plot to kill civilians has been subjected to so much misinformation. Let’s be under no illusions — there are a number of elements who would like nothing more than to malign these efforts and help Al Qaeda succeed.”
Journalists who report on U.S. military activities in which funeral processions and rescue teams are specifically targeted for U.S. drone strikes inside Pakistan are, in reality, "efforts to help Al Qaeda succeed."
Just as it was under Commander Guy Bush, all criticisms....all reporting during Obama's presidency....which tells the truth about what our military is actually doing in 7 middle eastern countries....is but an attempt to help the enemy and harm the singularly "exceptional" nation on earth....the U.S.A.
We simply cannot speak about these things any longer in America. Well....we can speak of these things....but not without being characterized as enemies of America.
Now, U.S. Empire expansion masquerading as "spreading freedom" and "protecting our freedoms", can only be properly reported upon if much of the truth is purposely avoided. Anything other than glowing reports, copied down word for word as relayed to Serious Journalists by our military-industrial complex representatives, have a high chance of being labeled "efforts to help Al Qaeda."
As it was during the time of Bush, so too, the time of Obama.
This dynamic has become so twisted, so perverted, that the defense complex representatives now simply tell Americans that even knowing about our U.S. military targeting of rescuers and funeral processions threatens national security....endangers all of us. It is simply too dangerous to dare to speak of those things.
If that sounds a bit wacked coming from the Leaders of the most exceptionally-free nation evah.....it's because it is.
From the moment of 9-11 forward.....Americans were disinformed about why Muslim extremists would want to attack us. Bush, The Decider, decided to dump this bucket of propagandistic pus all over the American public instead....
"They hate what we see right here in this chamber -- a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms -- our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other," Bush said.
If "they" aren't attacking us because of our "freedoms"....then why?
"Why are we fighting and opposing you?" bin Laden asked. Then, answering his own question, he wrote, "The answer is very simple: Because you attacked and continue to attack us."
Palestine "sunk under military occupation for more than 80 years. The British handed over Palestine, with your help and your support, to the Jews, who have occupied it for more than 50 years; years overflowing with oppression, tyranny, crimes, killing, expulsion, destruction and devastation."
"You attacked us in Somalia; you supported the Russian atrocities against us in Chechnya, the Indian oppression against us in Kashmir and the Jewish aggression against us in Lebanon."
"Under your supervision, consent and orders, the governments of our countries, which act as your agents, attack us on a daily basis."
"They" attack us because of U.S. military aggression ordered or conducted against Muslim people in Muslim lands. "They" attack us for our apparent impotency to do anything about the Israeli/Palestinian apartheid situation. "They" attack us for our willingness to be the sole-supporter and defender of Israel, even when Israel carries out monstrous evil decade after decade upon the unarmed, upon Muslim women and children.
And...."they" will continue to attack us because of the wickedness evident in U.S. targeting of Muslim funeral processions and rescue teams. Even though these acts of wickedness, themselves, will create more Muslim extremists willing to kill even more Americans.....any effort by any cocky journalist who dares to report on continuing U.S. military actions which will undoubtedly create more extremist-Muslim violence against Americans.....is an "effort to help Al Qaeda."
I've told you this before, but it bears repeating...
This "war on terror" thing? It ain't gonna' work out for us.
Oh...and just in time for my posting....see this.