Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Below is a link to a very disturbing animated infograph of all confirmed US drone strikes in Pakistan alone…

Out Of Sight,Out Of Mind

via Out of Sight, Out of Mind – “Because the US Government does not disclose strike information, the data must be manually collected on the ground by reporters. The challenge is that stories and estimates vary between sources. In cases where there are inconsistencies, a minimum and a maximum number of possible fatalities are recorded. We take the average whole number between these estimates for each attack. In a few instances there were fatalities confirmed, but the estimated number of fatalities was not obtainable. In these cases, we simply omitted the fatalities. The list of high-profile targets (the white squares) comes from the New America Foundation.”

ESTIMATED TOTAL FATALITIES – 3149

 

“Since 2004, the US has been practicing in a new kind of clandestine military operation. The justification for using drones to take out enemy targets is appealing because it removes the risk of losing American military, it’s much cheaper than deploying soldiers, it’s politically much easier to maneuver (i.e. flying a drone within Pakistan vs. sending troops) and it keeps the world in the dark about what is actually happening. It takes the conflict out of sight, out of mind. The success rate is extremely low and the cost on civilian lives and the general well-being of the population is very high. This project helps to bring light on the topic of drones. Not to speak for or against, but to inform and to allow you to see for yourself whether you can support drone usage or not.
Attacks and Victims View
The first view you see illustrates the attacks by the drones. We also wanted to give an emphasis on the victims. By clicking on the Victims link you can see an expanded view of the actual victims with the total number of attacks and fatalities for each month.
Important Notes
The category of victims we call “OTHER” is classified differently depending on the source. The Obama administration classifies any able-bodied male a military combatant unless evidence is brought forward to prove otherwise. This is a very grey area for us. These could be neighbors of a target killed. They may all be militants and a threat. What we do know for sure is that they are targeted without being given any representation or voice to defend themselves.” Learn More Here

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10 comments on “Out of Sight, Out of Mind

    • I hate to be the bearer of such ugliness but it really doesn’t seem like the media is ever going to report on it and I’m guessing most Americans don’t really know what it being done…and if they don’t know, they can’t stand up and object…

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  1. Reblogged….very saddening. You are a star for highlighting this, MisBehaved Woman..

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    • Thank you so much for the reblog and for helping to inform others. I honestly believe that maybe if more people knew exactly what is going on, more would stand to raise an objection…maybe…

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  2. Devious Devious Devious
    Hi
    Nice shooting, MBW.

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  3. Reblogged this on Talesfromthelou's Blog and commented:
    Well done bad girl

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