Air Force Pulls Data on Drone Strikes From Website
'Air Force Times' says numbers were removed last month
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2013 11:25 AM CST
A Predator drone lands at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

(Newser) – With all this talk of drones lately, it might be interesting to know just how many airstrikes the military is unleashing with them in Afghanistan. The Air Force Times would love to tell you, and it should be able to tell you, because the Air Force makes the info public on its website. Or at least it did: The newspaper has discovered that the military not only failed to put up numbers this week, it went back and "scrubbed" previous data from the site in mid-February. A Pentagon spokesman professes ignorance, and the Air Force has not responded to the newspaper's query yet.

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sam2sam
Mar 16, 2013 11:32 AM CDT
Domestic drone usage is ill-conceived, elitist, and end-runs our inherent Constitutional protections. Here are two (2), very well-produced, videos that anchor my points: Emmy Award-winning newscaster Shad Olson’s ‘The Great Drone Debate’, featuring US Senator John Thune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssoOASanKao Here’s a mind-blowing, well-done animated short that really captures our collective angst that if the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then domestic drones are a superhighway to an Orwellian panoptic gulag. http://vimeo.com/59689349 For national security purposes, Americans are already subject to warrantless wiretaps of calls and emails, the warrantless GPS “tagging” of their vehicles, the domestic use of Predators or other spy-in-the-sky drones, and the Department of Homeland Security’s monitoring of all our behavior through “data fusion centers.” http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/ America’s promise has always been the power of the many to rule, instead of the one. Ungoverned drone usage, particularly domestically, gives power to the one.
tran_tor
Mar 11, 2013 3:33 PM CDT
This sounds similar to the nearly national US police policy of not tracking deaths of individuals caused by police officers. If there is no number, it's really hard to get an overall picture of how many people are killed by police officers each year. Is that an important number to know? Well, I think so. http://www.lvrj.com/news/deadly-force/142-dead-and-rising/national-data-on-shootings-by-police-not-collected-134256308.html So Obama's administration no longer producing numbers on how many people it's killed this week means well, you can't prove that they killed anyone. Did they, undoubtedly. They might just be doing a drone 'surge' and omitting the numbers while they slaughter the entire population of a small remote village. You know, just to be sure they got all the bad guys.
Invince
Mar 10, 2013 11:56 PM CDT
To BMO... Jon Stewart is as distinguished as Robert Taylor in Above and Beyond as I hope, if you know what I mean.