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Air Force Scrubs Data on RPA Kinetic Events, aka Drones Killing (Often the Wrong) People

by Abby Zimet

The Air Force has quietly reversed its policy of publishing statistics on past and current drone strikes in Afghanistan - in militarese, "weapons releases from remotely piloted aircraft (RPA)." Officials say they made the change because “a determination found the data disproportionately focused on RPA kinetic events (and) "presenting the weapons release data as a whole better reflects the airpower provided in support of Operation Enduring Freedom," and not because more and more people are questioning the legality, morality and efficacy of randomly, electronically and too often mistakenly bombing people thousands of miles away.

“Sometimes you hit innocent people, and I hate that, but we’re at war." - Sen. Lindsey Graham on U.S. drone strikes that have killed 4,700 people.