Thursday, December 04, 2014

Press TV:
“The United States will arm Israel, a key ally in the Middle East, with 3,000 smart bombs as part of Washington’s military aid to Tel Aviv. The Department of Defense announced that the funding for the sale will come from the military package and will be paid until the end of November 2016.
The United States provides Israel with some $8.5 million in military aid per day.
The cost of the deal is estimated at $82 million, through which the Israeli Air Force will receive thousands of G-DAM model bombs. …

American protesters argue that the US taxpayer money is used for more Israeli aggression against Palestinians. The Israeli Air Force used smart bomb in its latest war on the Gaza Strip. The besieged strip has witnessed three destructive wars since 2008.”

—>It is always disconcerting that Iran based media can give Americans more accurate information than the NY Times. This story was confirmed by jewishpress.com.

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Guardian UK:
“41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed: US drone strikes – the facts on the ground. …

A new analysis of the data available to the public about drone strikes, conducted by the human-rights group Reprieve, indicates that even when operators target specific individuals – the most focused effort of what Barack Obama calls ‘targeted killing’ – they kill vastly more people than their targets, often needing to strike multiple times. Attempts to kill 41 men resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1,147 people, as of 24 November.

Reprieve, sifting through reports compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, examined cases in which specific people were targeted by drones multiple times. Their data, shared with the Guardian, raises questions about the accuracy of US intelligence guiding strikes that US officials describe using words like ‘clinical’ and ‘precise.’ ”

—>The NYT didn’t report this story. It questions the prevailing narrative favored by the Pentagon that drone strikes don’t kill hundreds of innocent civilians.   

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Common Dreams:
“Senate Torture Investigation Fails to Interview Key Torture Victims. The soon-to-be-released Senate inquiry into CIA torture has failed to investigate the experience of those who felt that treatment first hand: Guantanamo's highest level detainees, according to Monday reporting by the Guardian's Spencer Ackerman, who spoke with attorneys for the imprisoned men.

‘If you’re conducting a genuine inquiry of a program that tortured people, don’t you begin by talking to the people who were tortured?’ David Nevin, who represents accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, told Ackerman. …

‘It’s apparent to me that the United States government has absolutely no desire to credibly investigate or in any other way hold accountable the people who tortured my client,’ Cheryl Bormann, a Chicago attorney who represents bin Attash, also told Ackerman.”

—>Like the Senate Torture inquiry, the NYT has also chosen not to interview key torture victims. It also decided not to print this story.

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