Sunday, February 22, 2009


Using this link, you can keep up with "Boom!" -- the exciting national security game. Google News tab can be used to return weekly, daily or even hourly results of the US military's flying robot campaign of death from above in Pakistan and Afghanistan, whatever your jones. Boom! is a search and destroy game, finding people usually poorer and smaller than we are. Some of them are surely bad guys. A lot of them surely aren't, too. But you can't tell 'em apart in news stories, only that they've become scattered pieces in the great game of Boom!

Boom! Pakistan lets AQ Khan go free. Boom! The Taliban get permission to burn girl schools in the northern territories. Boom! Italy buys two Predator/Reaper drones from General Atomics. Boom! Do the Italians know something we don't? Boom! Where do they want to kill people? Did someone in northern Veneto make bad grappa? Or are they for a raid on Ethiopia to celebrate some memorial for Il Duce? Or is it just because the Italians want to play Boom! in Afghanistan, too?

Boom! has been very good to them

"In 2008, [General Atomics] received nearly $924 million in federal contracts, according to, a government-sponsored database," reported Sign On San Diego.

Linden Blue, one of General Atomics' CEOs, once told a news agency: "The bottom line is using science and technology to improve the human condition, and there is a lot of opportunity there. . ."

That's so true.

Boom! Improving the human condition through science and technology, one explosion at a time.

In case you've been thinking the use of Predator drones to track poor people walking to the United States across the Sonoran Desert lacks balance, be advised they will now be used over Canada to track ... hmmm, well DD can't know everything. They'll watch for somebody, scofflaws, maybe litterbug campers.

"Famed for prowling the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, a remote-control Predator aircraft took flight over the wheat fields of South Dakota yesterday, the first in a network of surveillance drones that could soon patrol the American border with Canada from Maine to Washington state," reported the Globe and Mail.

"While security-conscious politicians applauded the start of Predator flight operations along the largely unmonitored northern [Canadian] border, some border experts regard it as a mere public-relations exercise ... By 2010, however, U.S. border officials hope to see the $10.5-million unmanned aircraft monitoring both sides of the British Columbia border during the Winter Olympics."


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