From the New York Times in the USA:
C.I.A. Said to Use Outsiders to Put Bombs on Drones
By JAMES RISEN and MARK MAZZETTI
Published: August 20, 2009
WASHINGTON — From a secret division at its North Carolina headquarters, the company formerly known as Blackwater has assumed a role in Washington’s most important counterterrorism program: the use of remotely piloted drones to kill Al Qaeda’s leaders, according to government officials and current and former employees.
See also here.
Blackwater provided child prostitutes to contractors: here.
The death toll from a suspected US air raid in Pakistan has risen after nine more bodies were pulled from the rubble, officials have said: here.
Will Drones Make General Atomics the next Blackwater? Here.
In the wake of last Thursday’s election in Afghanistan, the US establishment is proceeding with plans for a further expansion of the war: here.
Rigged election in Afghanistan? See here.
The scene is set for massive fraud in today’s Afghan presidential poll, with as many as 3 million ghost voters secreted on the rolls: here.
US Senator Feingold asks Obama to announce a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan: here.
US Homeland Security Department director Tom Ridge was pressured by the Bush administration to raise the “terrorism threat level” on the eve of the 2004 presidential elections, Ridge claims in a new book due out in September: here.
Afghan civilians are less secure now than at any time since the Taliban regime was toppled by a US-led invasion and Western-backed warlords in 2001, Amnesty has warned: here.
The US military has admitted that it pays a private firm to vet journalists seeking to be “embedded” with US occupation forces in Afghanistan: here.
Pipeline politics: Afghanistan and the new Great Game: here.
The number of US and NATO occupation troops killed in Afghanistan during 2009 reached 301 yesterday—already the highest annual toll of the eight-year war: here.
American Antiwar Movement Plans an Autumn Campaign Against Policies on Afghanistan : here.
Afghanistan: Civilian slaughter continues: here.
Afghanistan is today’s Vietnam. No question mark needed: here.
Blackwater in Court Today in War Crimes Hearing: here.
Blackwater Founder Accused in Court of Intent to Kill: here.
Blackwater tapped foreigners on secret CIA program: here.
Reports of indiscriminate bombing in South Waziristan: here.