Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
The military in Afghanistan has, as revealed in this article, a biometric database which “includes tens of thousands of civilians as well as suspected insurgents” in the words of an army spokesman.
That technology is being field trialed and tested in Afghanistan, and along with supporting systems – surveillance cameras, drones, blimps, checkpoints, biometric ID, militarized police, face scanning – will be mounting a full-scale invasion of Canada before long. It’s already at the gates. Even if you don’t care about the war in Afghanistan, even if you don’t care that the brown people are being killed off over there – there are over a million dead Iraqis as a result of that war alone – you should care about this because the same military control system is coming for you.
Flashback: U.S. Troops Apologize For Wikileaks Massacre Video | Canadian forces covered up shooting of sleeping 17-yr old: Afghan translator | US special forces ‘tried to cover-up’ botched Khataba raid in Afghanistan | Pakistan air strike ‘kills 71 civilians’ | WikiLeaks releases video of alleged U.S. helicopter attack on Reuters reporters | 1 in 3 Killed by U.S. Drone Attacks In Pakistan Are Civilians | Afghan ministers voice anger as civilians killed in Nato air strike | Five civilians killed in Nato rocket attack in Afghanistan | Suspected US drone ‘kills 12ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â² in Pakistan | U.S. Military Joins CIA’s Drone War in Pakistan | US Air Force confirms new ‘Beast of Kandahar’ drone | German army chief resigns over Afghanistan air strike | Clinton confronted by Pakistanis over attacks by aerial drones | UN: Drone attacks may violate international law | US drone ’shot down over Somalia’ | NATO pledges probe of deadly Afghan air strike; civilians killed | Pakistan remains silent as U.S. air attack kills 80 | Afghan Airstrike Video Goes Down the Memory Hole | Homing chips are CIA’s latest weapon against ‘al-Qaida’ targets hiding in Pakistan’s tribal belt | CIA: Our Drones are Killing Terrorists. Promise | US air strikes kill dozens of Afghan civilians | NATO denies air strike killed Afghan civilians | Don’t-ask-don’t-tell Policy: Pakistan and U.S. Have Tacit Deal On Airstrikes | Death toll climbs after U.S. air strike in Pakistan
Elyas Wahdat, Reuters
April 20, 2010
KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) – NATO troops opened fire on a vehicle in southeast Afghanistan, killing four unarmed Afghans, the alliance said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of recent incidents the United Nations has called disturbing.
The father of two of the victims said three of those killed were teenagers and the fourth was a policeman. They were returning from a volleyball match, added Rahmatullah Mansoor, a judge in Khost’s provincial court.
NATO initially said two were “known insurgents” but later acknowledged all may have been civilians.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the incident in a written statement saying the four were civilians and the act went against foreign troops’ commitment to protect the public.
The issue of civilian casualties caused by foreign forces is an emotive one in Afghanistan and has undermined public support for their presence in the country. In the latest incident, troops fired on the vehicle after it accelerated toward their convoy in Khost province and ignored light signals and warning shots, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.