Predator drone shoots a Hellfire missile
Summary: How adult males (also known as “militants”) get killed by unmanned Linux-powered aircrafts, covertly flown by the CIA with NSA assistance
ONE of the regrettable uses of Linux is the assassination business of blowback experts at the CIA (those who ensure the terrorists keep hating us more and thus multiply through recruitment, necessitating higher black budget for the CIA and NSA).
Now that the CIA suffers major blowback in the press  (hundreds of articles confirming its role in the Iran coup following declassification) there is an attempt to stop further disclosures  and more violence  which does nothing more than add political enemies . The CIA’s recent propaganda film, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, is getting criticised  not for its advocacy of torture (there are now movies in the pipeline to advocate surveillance and assassination, based on links we published in daily links) but for disclosing information selectively, not in order to serve justice but in order to drive agenda (more war, more aggression).
I have always found the use of Linux in predator drones absolutely gross. Before the migration the Linux these drones reportedly used Windows and failed on many levels due to that operating system (the British press had some reports on it half a decade ago). Linux is a lot more reliable, but its reliability in this case helps reliably kill people who are unknown adult males who engage in “suspicious activity” and are hence “imminent threat” in the eyes of the CIA. When you read about dead “militants” bear in mind that militant means adult male (or what appears like it after the body got too badly burned to be recognised). Only 2% of the deaths in drones strikes are confirmed to be deaths of Al-Qaeda leaders, as we’ve shown in recently-accumulated daily links. █
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