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DRONE DOWNED OVER IRAN December 6, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA, Humankind/Planet Earth.
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News items proceed at such a clip it becomes a challenge to fit them into context. And it has to be observed perhaps we are not mean to.

One method is use multiple sources of news. Take the case of the drone reportedly captured by the Iran in its air space.How can the lies be deflected so that the truth can be observed?

ABC News Online for me will often be the first source of information. They first up take the news agency reports, which I think can be repeatedly demonstrated to be spun. When they interview their correspondent in Washington we are none the wiser. As expected anonymous American sources deny the veracity of the Iranian reports. Notice in this report there is no attempt to explain what a RQ-170 unmanned aerial vehicle might be, what they are designed to do, and there use in Afghanistan. We are left in no position to assess the significance of the events.

The BBC provides more comprehensive information as to the type of drone involved and the ongoing contretemps between the US and Iran.

The Jerusalem Post reports that the Americans were sceptical about the Iranian capacity to down the UAV, but that one vehicle did go missing over Western Afghanistan.

Al Jazeera reports previous drones shot down by Iran have been reverse engineered and these models along with the originals have been shown to the Russians, and not apparently to the Chinese.

RT provides a different view and a fuller explanation.

This blog post gives a summary of Stephen Lendman’s RT account. His blog is here.

Given the official lying and lack of attribution of the official statement sense can be made of these incidents only make sense by recording them individually and detecting the pattern that emerges. This is the activity that, for example, Gareth Porter does.

Scott Horton talks to John Glaser who discusses the storming of the British Embassy in Tehran. Juan Cole provides some background on the Embassy Affray.

Glenn Greenwald attempts to provide a deeper background:

The U.S. has long had Iran virtually encircled as a result of the American occupation of Afghanistan on Iran’s Eastern border, its invasion of Iraq on its Western border, its NATO ally Turkey hovering on Iran’s Northwestern border, some degree of military relationship with Turkmenistan on Iran’s Northeastern border, and multiple U.S. client states sitting right across the Persian Gulf (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain, where the massive U.S. Fifth Fleet is stationed). Additionally, some combination of the U.S. and Israel has bombarded Iran with multiple acts of war over the last year, including explosions on Iranian soil, the murder of numerous Iranian nuclear scientists (in which even one of their wives was shot), and sophisticated cyberattacks. Meanwhile, top American political officials from both parties are actively demanding that an Iranian revolutionary cult be removed from the list of Terrorist organizations (just coincidentally, they’re all on the cult’s payroll). In the past decade, the U.S. and/or Israel have invaded, air attacked, and/or occupied Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (to say nothing of the creation of a worldwide torture regime, a system of “black site” prisons around the world to which people were disappeared, and a due-process-free detention camp in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean where many people remain encaged for almost a full decade without charges). During this same time period, Iran has not invaded, occupied or air attacked anyone. Iran, to be sure, is domestically oppressive, but no more so — and in many cases less — than the multiple regimes funded, armed and otherwise propped up by the U.S. during this period. Those are all just facts.

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UPDATE:
The LA Times reports:

The radar-evading drone that crash-landed over the weekend in Iran was on a mission for the CIA, according to a senior U.S. official, raising fears that the aircraft’s sophisticated technology could be exploited by Tehran or shared with other American rivals.

The jet-powered, bat-winged RQ-170 Sentinel drone is considered one of the most advanced in the U.S. arsenal, with stealth technology and sophisticated computer systems that enable it to penetrate deep into hostile territory without detection.

This, as could be guessed, is now admitted to be a more significant loss that was first admitted.

UPDATE:
The LA Times reports:

The radar-evading drone that crash-landed over the weekend in Iran was on a mission for the CIA, according to a senior U.S. official, raising fears that the aircraft’s sophisticated technology could be exploited by Tehran or shared with other American rivals.

The jet-powered, bat-winged RQ-170 Sentinel drone is considered one of the most advanced in the U.S. arsenal, with stealth technology and sophisticated computer systems that enable it to penetrate deep into hostile territory without detection.

This, as could be guessed, is now admitted to be a more significant loss that was first admitted.

ADDITIONAL UPDATE:

The drones have a means of activating an explosive device to destroy them and so protect them from falling into the hands of potential enemies. One explanation for the failure of this mechanism is that the operator loss contact with the plane for some reason. Paul Woodward at War in Context has the news report references. The drones fly out of an expensive air base constructed in Afghanistan and reportedly have been spying on Iran for years.

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