REAL “Interactive Art”:

In military slang, Predator drone operators often refer to kills as ‘bug splats’, since viewing the body through a grainy video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed.

To challenge this insensitivity as well as raise awareness of civilian casualties, an artist collective installed a massive portrait facing up in the heavily bombed Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan, where drone attacks regularly occur. Now, when viewed by a drone camera, what an operator sees on his screen is not an anonymous dot on the landscape, but an innocent child victim’s face.

The installation is also designed to be captured by satellites in order to make it a permanent part of the landscape on online mapping sites.

The project is a collaboration of artists who made use of the French artist JR’s ‘Inside Out’ movement. Reprieve/Foundation for Fundamental Rights helped launch the effort which has been released with the hashtag #NotABugSplat

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Children gather around the installation

The child featured in the poster is nameless, but according to FFR, lost both her parents and two young siblings in a drone attack. 

The group of artists traveled inside KPK province and, with the assistance of highly enthusiastic locals, unrolled the poster amongst mud huts and farms. It is their hope that this will create empathy and introspection amongst drone operators, and will create dialogue amongst policy makers, eventually leading to decisions that will save innocent lives.

This article originally appeared on notabugsplat.com., gleaned from The World Can’t Wait

Death By Metadata: NSA Creates SIM Card Kill List for CIA/JSOC Drone Strikes - Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald @ The Intercept:
The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.

According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who also worked with the NSA, the agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies. Rather than confirming a target’s identity with operatives or informants on the ground, the CIA or the U.S. military then orders a strike based on the activity and location of the mobile phone a person is believed to be using.

The drone operator, who agreed to discuss the top-secret programs on the condition of anonymity, was a member of JSOC’s High Value Targeting task force, which is charged with identifying, capturing or killing terrorist suspects in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

His account is bolstered by top-secret NSA documents previously provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. It is also supported by a former drone sensor operator with the U.S. Air Force, Brandon Bryant, who has become an outspoken critic of the lethal operations in which he was directly involved in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen.

In one tactic, the NSA “geolocates” the SIM card or handset of a suspected terrorist’s mobile phone, enabling the CIA and U.S. military to conduct night raids and drone strikes to kill or capture the individual in possession of the device.

The former JSOC drone operator is adamant that the technology has been responsible for taking out terrorists and networks of people facilitating improvised explosive device attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan. But he also states that innocent people have “absolutely” been killed as a result of the NSA’s increasing reliance on the surveillance tactic.

One problem, he explains, is that targets are increasingly aware of the NSA’s reliance on geolocating, and have moved to thwart the tactic. Some have as many as 16 different SIM cards associated with their identity within the High Value Target system. Others, unaware that their mobile phone is being targeted, lend their phone, with the SIM card in it, to friends, children, spouses and family members.Much More @ The Intercept:
Death By Metadata: NSA Creates SIM Card Kill List for CIA/JSOC Drone Strikes - Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald @ The Intercept:

The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.

According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who also worked with the NSA, the agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies. Rather than confirming a target’s identity with operatives or informants on the ground, the CIA or the U.S. military then orders a strike based on the activity and location of the mobile phone a person is believed to be using.

The drone operator, who agreed to discuss the top-secret programs on the condition of anonymity, was a member of JSOC’s High Value Targeting task force, which is charged with identifying, capturing or killing terrorist suspects in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

His account is bolstered by top-secret NSA documents previously provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. It is also supported by a former drone sensor operator with the U.S. Air Force, Brandon Bryant, who has become an outspoken critic of the lethal operations in which he was directly involved in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen.

In one tactic, the NSA “geolocates” the SIM card or handset of a suspected terrorist’s mobile phone, enabling the CIA and U.S. military to conduct night raids and drone strikes to kill or capture the individual in possession of the device.

The former JSOC drone operator is adamant that the technology has been responsible for taking out terrorists and networks of people facilitating improvised explosive device attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan. But he also states that innocent people have “absolutely” been killed as a result of the NSA’s increasing reliance on the surveillance tactic.

One problem, he explains, is that targets are increasingly aware of the NSA’s reliance on geolocating, and have moved to thwart the tactic. Some have as many as 16 different SIM cards associated with their identity within the High Value Target system. Others, unaware that their mobile phone is being targeted, lend their phone, with the SIM card in it, to friends, children, spouses and family members.

Much More @ The Intercept:

In a country ‘resistant’ to US action → “The Associated Press has agreed to the government’s request to withhold the name of the country where the suspected terrorist is believed to be…”

(Source: theamericanbear)

"Glenn Greenwald defends Edward Snowden like the talking heads of ABC/NBC/CBS/CNN/MSNBC defend president Obama, a Corporatist shill and War Criminal.”
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— Inspiration: NY Times Editor Jill Abramson: Obama Crackdown on Leakers Threatens National Security Journalism, and CJR… Reporting in the post-Snowden era.

Also see this note from “Wendell” @ LiberationTech for a ‘state of the totalitarian state’ report.

Driver! You’e bumpin’ the fog line (and on the Khyber Pass that isn’t a good thing) Take a break Good Buddy! Take a loooong break.

In solidarity with Pakistani truck drivers and the #Pakistan Against Drones .. Our Land Our Way protests now in it’s 9th day.

H/t: Mahwish ZK @Twitter

Essentially, the state builds a historical narrative that gives its citizens a sense of unity. Holidays are designed to give legitimacy to the accepted version of history that not does always conform to the Truth. It is a process that builds a “national culture.”

Deviation from this narrative disturbs people and even offends them. […]

[…] It was and is not easy to correct traditional narratives. Like toddlers people want to hear stories told the way they first learned them. There are people who still cling to the story of George Washington cutting down the cherry tree, for instance.

The months of October and November are replete with fictitious versions of history. During these to months, the state allocates holidays for Columbus Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. These official narratives become the Truth. Teachers teach students fictitious narratives, and in turn the public is grateful for the gift of a holiday.

By far the “the king of the holidays” is Thanksgiving…
Native Americans Should Have Let the Pilgrims Starve”, Rodolfo Acuña, Professor emeritus at California State University Northridge

See “The civilian massacre the US neither confirms nor denies" at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism for more on the ‘unpardoned’

"…all the gold and silver stolen and shipped to Spain (by Columbus and those Spaniards who came after) did not make the Spanish people richer. It gave their kings an edge in the balance of power for a time, a chance to hire more mercenary soldiers for their wars.

They ended up losing those wars anyway, and all that was left was a deadly inflation, a starving population, the rich richer, the poor poorer, and a ruined peasant class.” ~~Hans Koning, Columbus: His Enterprise
Excerpted From Howard Zinn, Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress


Zalatix said: Well said, but why are we emphasizing Obama’s race in the headline?

Because he happens to be the FIRST Black President Baldwin spoke of and I think, considering you don’t see too many Native Americans calling in drone strikes on dusky brown children in foreign countries, that it’s important to note just how little difference there is culturally between BLACK RICH FREAKS who become president and WHITE RICH FREAKS who become president when it comes to Sociopathic behavior.

Cultural assimilation OR Gansers Syndrome is irrelevant to my point. Obama can be a smiling party to the murder of innocent POC, INCLUDING NATIVE AMERICANS (Border Wall, Lipan Apache, cutting down their food source, Agave Cactus, for a clear line-of-sight on the Mexican border is just one institutional example of the Native American murder machine he’s in charge of) just like, or perhaps even BETTER THAN White American Rednecks… And he’s doing it all “in the ‘national interest’.

This is why the Pentagon ♥s Russia. Russia has Central Asian land routes bypassing the need to use Pakistan’s Khyber Pass, aka “Sniper Alley in the Graveyard of Empires”.

Dateline Pakistan - Thousands of protestors gathered in the Pakistani cities yesterday and today to protest against U.S. drone strikes.

On Monday, officials and lawmakers in Pakistan’s northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa organized a protest outside the U.S. consulate in Peshawar against drone strikes.

Senior minister of the provincial government Siraj-ul-Haq led a group of provincial ministers and lawmakers who marched to the heavily-guarded U.S. consulate and handed over a complaint to the diplomats saying that the American drone strikes violate Pakistan’s sovereignty and kill innocent people.

Protests against the drone strikes continued with supporters of the provincial ruling parties blocking supplies for NATO-led troops in Afghanistan for the third consecutive day on Monday.

The protestors set up camps on different routes leading to the Afghan border to stop and search all loaded container trucks heading to the border points.

Meanwhile, truck-drivers in the southern port city of Karachi say that hundreds of NATO containers in the city and those on the way to the Torkham border point were stopped due to protest. (source, Worldbulletin, Turkey)

USAToday
November 18 2013Drone malfunctions, hits Navy ship during training

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Navy says an aerial target drone malfunctioned and struck a guided missile cruiser during training off Southern California, causing two minor injuries.

Lt. Lenaya (luh-NEY-yah)  Rotklein of the U.S. Third Fleet said the accident on the USS Chancellorsville happened Saturday afternoon while the ship was testing its combat weapons system off Point Mugu.

She said two sailors were treated for minor burns after the ship was struck. She said the ship was heading back to Naval Base San Diego so that officials can assess the damage.

The Navy was investigating the cause of the drone malfunction.

Rotklein said the drone was being used to test the ship’s radar. She had no immediate information on whether the drone has malfunctioned before.

About 300 crew members were aboard the ship. (src)Image Source: Pakistani Boy, U.S. Drone Form Unlikely Friendship… The Onion

USAToday
November 18 2013

Drone malfunctions, hits Navy ship during training

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Navy says an aerial target drone malfunctioned and struck a guided missile cruiser during training off Southern California, causing two minor injuries.

Lt. Lenaya (luh-NEY-yah) Rotklein of the U.S. Third Fleet said the accident on the USS Chancellorsville happened Saturday afternoon while the ship was testing its combat weapons system off Point Mugu.

She said two sailors were treated for minor burns after the ship was struck. She said the ship was heading back to Naval Base San Diego so that officials can assess the damage.

The Navy was investigating the cause of the drone malfunction.

Rotklein said the drone was being used to test the ship’s radar. She had no immediate information on whether the drone has malfunctioned before.

About 300 crew members were aboard the ship. (src)

Image Source: Pakistani Boy, U.S. Drone Form Unlikely Friendship
The Onion

CBS This Morning host Norah O'Donnell asks Western NGO Pakistani posterchild Malala about Drone Wars

  • <O'Donnell> → "Is it true that when you spoke with President Obama, that you talked about your concern that drone attacks are fueling terrorism?"
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  • <Malala> → "It is true that when there's a drone attack the terrorists are killed, it's true," ... "But 500 and 5,000 more people rise against it and more terrorism occurs, and more -- more bomb blasts occurs. ... I think the best way to fight against terrorism is to do it through [a] peaceful way, not through war. Because I believe that a war can never be ended by a war."
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  • <O'Donnell> → "And you said that to President Obama?"
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  • <Malala> → "Yes, of course,"
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  • More → www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/13/cbs-malala-drones_n_4269535.html
Click the pic for the source tweet. More on the subject of who shutdown what, and where the REAL crisis is, here

Click the pic for the source tweet. More on the subject of who shutdown what, and where the REAL crisis is, here