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Pakistan: 20% of US Drone Victims are Civilians, 12% are Children (Woods)

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A good post by Chris Wood at Informed Comment. The US government—the Obama Administration specifically—thinks those ratios are just fine.

Exclusive: Leaked Pakistani report confirms high civilian death toll in CIA drone strikes

Chris Woods writes at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism:

A secret document obtained by the Bureau reveals for the first time the Pakistan government’s internal assessment of dozens of drone strikes, and shows scores of civilian casualties.

The United States has consistently claimed only a tiny number of non-combatants have been killed in drone attacks in Pakistan – despite research by the Bureau and others suggesting that over 400 civilians may have died in the nine-year campaign.

The internal document shows Pakistani officials too found that CIA drone strikes were killing a significant number of civilians – and have been aware of those deaths for many years.

Of 746 people listed as killed in the drone strikes outlined in the document, at least 147 of the dead are clearly stated to be civilian victims, 94 of those are said to be children.

The confidential 12-page summary paper, titled Details of Attacks by Nato Forces/Predators in FATA was prepared by government officials in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Jemima Khan

Based on confidential reports from a network of government agents in the field, it outlines 75 separate CIA drone strikes between 2006 and late 2009 and provides details of casualties in many of the attacks. Five attacks alleged to be carried out by Nato or other unspecified forces are also listed.

The numbers recorded are much higher than those provided by the US administration, which continues to insist that no more than 50 to 60 ‘non-combatants’ have been killed by the CIA across the entire nine years of Pakistan bombings. New CIA director John Brennan has described claims to the contrary as ‘intentional misrepresentations‘.

The document shows that during the 2006-09 period covered, when Pakistan’s government and military were privately supporting the CIA’s campaign, officials had extensive internal knowledge of high civilian casualties.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the Bureau . . .

Continue reading. It’s a lengthy report and has a lot of content—content you’re unlikely to see in the US “news” (i.e., celebrity entertainment) media.

Note that John Brennan simply lied. Our government seems now to require lying as a routine way of doing business. But that does make Brennan, along with Clapper and Alexander, something of an expert on “intentional misrepresentations” (commonly called “lies”).

Written by Leisureguy

24 July 2013 at 5:04 pm

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