The CIA Has A Secret Drone Base In Saudi Arabia

I wonder, what other news is hidden from the public under an “informal arrangement”? The BBC reports:

The CIA has been operating a secret airbase for unmanned drones in Saudi Arabia for the past two years. US media have known of its existence since then, but have not reported it. The New York Times published its report on Tuesday night, ending an “informal arrangement” among several news organizations not to disclose the location of the base.

The facility was established to hunt for members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is based in Yemen. A drone flown from there was used in September 2011 to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric who was alleged to be AQAP’s external operations chief.

Construction was ordered after a December 2009 cruise missile strike in Yemen. It was the first strike ordered by the Obama administration, and ended in disaster, with dozens of civilians, including women and children, killed.

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  • emperorreagan

    If the secret drone base is hidden below a sand dune and a platform rises up in the middle of the dune complete with bursts of steam and sand tumbling down the sides of the dune, then I will be glad the government funded it. Anything less than movie super-villain overkill is a waste of money.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Der Homeland has about 3000 military bases scattered around the whirled
    about 1000 of them are NOT secret
    in 1961 I lived on a Homeland drone base in Puerto Rico:
    US Naval Air Station Roosevelt Roads
    was one of Uncle Homeland’s many drone bases in the 50′s & 60′s

    • lilbear68

      what did a 1961 drone look like and what did they call homeland before it was called dept of homeland security?

      • BuzzCoastin

        the drones of the 50′s & 60′s
        were regular aircraft (usually training jets)
        modified for drone control
        usually used for reconnaissance
        http://www.sarcoinc.com/ootw-6.html

        Der Homeland was known as
        The United States of America in those daze
        back then it had a Bill of Rights
        and people had a right to trial before execution

        • lilbear68

          OMG thats an ad cut from the back page of a 50′s comic book. im sure it was right next to the ad for X-ray specs

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