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General director of Doctors Without Borders: Bombing of Afghan Hospital No Mistake

In an exclusive interview with the AP, general director of Doctors Without Borders Christopher Stokes, says the attack on the Afghan hospital “should be investigated as a possible war crime.”

“The extensive, quite precise destruction of this hospital … doesn’t indicate a mistake. The hospital was repeatedly hit,” Stokes said.

Najim Rahim via AP:

The head of an international medical charity whose hospital in northern Afghanistan was destroyed in a U.S. airstrike says the “extensive, quite precise destruction” of the bombing raid casts doubt on American military assertions that it was a mistake.

The Oct. 3 attack on the compound in Kunduz city, which killed at least 22 patients and hospital staff, should be investigated as a possible war crime, said Christopher Stokes, general director of Doctors Without Borders, which is also known by its French abbreviation MSF.

The trauma hospital was bombed during a firefight between Taliban and government troops, as U.S.

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Drone Captures Video of Soviet-era ‘Tesla Tower’ Lightning Machine

So why is it that the Russians are testing Nikola Tesla’s amazing inventions while all we can do in the United States is make a fictional movie about them (The Prestige)? RT has some pretty cool video footage:

Normally hidden from prying eyes in the Moscow region’s forests, the mysterious ‘Tesla Tower’ has been captured from above by an RT Ruptly drone. The research site is home to a massive impulse generator, one of the most powerful in the world.

RT’s Ruptly was allowed to take exclusive drone footage of the Marx generator, better known as the ‘Tesla Tower,’ constructed back in the 1970s by the Russian Electrical Engineering Institute. The aim of the Soviet project was to have a machine to test insulation and the effects of lightning on aircraft. It was also intended to be used in the study of the weaponization of electro-magnetic pulses (EMP), as well as the effects of a nuclear or solar blast on vehicles and electronics.

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Hawk vs. Drone

via CNet:

Drones have it kind of tough nowadays. Not only do people think drones flying around are annoying (or worse), camera-toting remote-controlled gizmos often find themselves attacked by planes, sharks and, now, hawks.

The drone in the above video, owned by Christopher Schmidt, is just minding its business flying around the skies above Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge, Mass., when a hawk seemingly comes out of nowhere and, in one fell swoop, throws the drone to the ground.

The hawk, a natural predator, likely thought the drone was invading its turf, and, according to Schmidt’s report, happily retreated after defeating its prey. Fortunately, both the hawk and the drone came away from the brief scuttle unscathed.

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Dr. Noam Chomsky Breaks the Set on War, Imperialism, and Propaganda

On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks to Dr. Noam Chomsky, philosopher, linguist, professor, political critic, and author of over 100 books, about the Boston bombings, US terror inflicted abroad, drones, Obama’s rebranding of Bush administration policies, the National Defense Authorization Act & Holder v. Humanitarian Law, conventional wisdom, the evolution of media propaganda, and education as a form of elite indoctrination.

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‘Did We Just Kill a Kid?’: The Moment a Drone Operator Realized He Could Not Go On

You tell me if brainwashing is real.

Via DailyMail.Co.Uk

A former U.S. drone operator has opened up about the toll of killing scores of innocent people by pressing a button from a control room in New Mexico.

Brandon Bryant, 27, from Missoula, Montana, spent six years in the Air Force operating Predator drones from inside a dark container.

But, after following orders to shoot and kill a child in Afghanistan, he knew he couldn’t keep doing what he was doing and quit the military.

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Schrödinger’s Drone: The Assassination Program That Both Does and Doesn’t Exist

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Despite his many ’08 campaign promises and pronouncements after being inaugurated, Barack Obama’s may be the least transparent presidency in modern history, decreasing the fulfillment of FOIA requests each year, and prosecuting record numbers of whistle-blowers. Some of his past statements now seem laughably naïve (either for him or for us):

“For a long time now, there’s been too much secrecy in this city. The old rules said if there was a defensible argument for not disclosing something to the American people, then it should not be disclosed. That era is now over.”

~Barack Obama, January 21, 2009

Nowhere has this hypocrisy been more *ahem* clear, than with the administration’s ramped up drone program, which it alternately attributes and denies is being coordinated between the military and the CIA. The drone strikes which eyewitness and press reports have shown to take place (even at funeral processions and against those trying to give aid to drone strike victims) are veiled behind contradictory official reports, classifications, outright denials, and obfuscatory language. … Read the rest

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