Iran Says It Has Brought Down Another Foreign Spy Drone

Tyler Durden's picture

Back in December 2011, a US RQ-170 Sentinel drone was either brought down or crash landed smack in the middle of Iran, allowing the local military and scientists to reverse engineer it furthering their own understanding of possible countermeasures, as well as selling the underlying technology to China and other countries eager to peek inside America's remote-controlled "oppression liberators." All this happened because someone during the drone design phase forgot to add a self-destruct option. Now, over a year later, we will see if someone finally thought of adding this simple feature following news that Iran has just brought down another (just modestly antagonizing) foreign spy drone over its territory.

From Reuters:

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have brought down a foreign surveillance drone during a military exercise, the official Islamic Republic News Agency said on Saturday.


"We have managed to bring down a drone of the enemy. This has happened before in our country," the agency quoted war games spokesman General Hamid Sarkheli as saying in Kerman, southeast Iran, where the military exercise is taking place.


The agency gave no details on who the drone belonged to.


In Washington, a Pentagon spokesman said he had seen the reports. He noted that the Iranians did not specifically claim that the drone was American.


In the past, there have been incidents of Iran claiming to have seized U.S. drones.


In early January Iranian media said Iran had captured two miniature U.S.-made surveillance drones over the past 17 months.


Several drone incidents over the past year or so have highlighted tension in the Gulf as Iran and the United States flex their military capabilities in a standoff over Iran's disputed nuclear program.

In other disturbing drone-related news, Michael Krieger reports that when it comes to targeted killings...

It's OK if Obama does it"


In a YouGov poll of 1,000 voters last August, Tesler found significantly more support for targeted killing of suspected terrorists among white “racial liberals” (i.e., those liberal on issues of race) and African-Americans when they were told that Obama supported such a policy than when they were not told it was the president’s policy. Only 27 percent of white racial liberals in a control group supported the targeted killing policy, but that jumped to 48 percent among such voters who were told Obama had conducted such targeted killings.

- Joan Walsh’s recent article at Salon:  Targeted killings: OK if Obama does it?


Think about how troubling the above passage is.  Basically, a reasonably large percentage of the population of America will simply allow Barrack Obama to do whatever he wants because he is black and a member of their “Democrat” football team.  The irony is incredible, but believe me this fact is not lost upon the elites that want to perpetuate the warfare state indefinitely. They fully understand that Obama essentially neutralizes a large part of the “liberal” resistance simply because he is black and ostensibly “liberal.”


I came across the above information while reading Glenn Greenwald’s article about how MSNBC has finally make the total transformation into official government propaganda arm by hiring Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod.  His article is a scathing must-read.  Here are my favorite excerpts:


Last month, MSNBC’s Al Sharpton conducted a spirited debate about whether Obama belongs on Mount Rushmore or instead deserves a separate monument to his greatness (just weeks before replacing frequent Obama critic Cenk Uygur as MSNBC host, Sharpton publicly vowed never to criticize Barack Obama under any circumstances: a vow he has faithfully maintained). 


A Pew poll found that in the week leading up to the 2012 election, MSNBC did not air a single story critical of the President or a single positive story about Romney – not a single one – even as Fox aired a few negative ones about Romney and a few positive ones about Obama.


“Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has become a contributor for MSNBC. Rachel Maddow introduced Gibbs as a new member of her network’s stable in the final minutes before President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. . . . Gibbs was White House press secretary from 2009 to early 2011, when he left to become a senior campaign adviser for Obama’s re-election.”“David Axelrod, the former White House senior advisor and senior strategist for President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, has joined NBC News and MSNBC as a senior political analyst, the networks announced today. . . . Like Gibbs, Axelrod will appear across the networks’ programming.”Finally, American citizens will now be able to hear what journalism has for too long so vindictively denied them: a vibrant debate between Gibbs and Axelrod on how great Obama really is.


That you can cover what political officials do more effectively when you act adversarially and without their “cooperation” doesn’t seem to occur to them. Moreover, getting to sit for personal interviews with the president usually produces anything but adversarial questioning. As even Politico admits: “some reporters inevitably worry access or the chance of a presidential interview will decrease if they get in the face of this White House.”


Well looking at the bright side, the more the mainstream media continues to screw up, the greater the opportunity they are creating for people like me.


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StarTedStackin''s picture

List me up a set of countries that have already PROMISED to Nuke Tel Aviv and D.C., once they get the capability.......

pies_lancuchowy's picture

wake me up when you read the REAL quote from mr Ahmadinejad, not the zionist 'translation', repeated a thousand times, like Goebbels taught

Anusocracy's picture

How many times have the nutjobs in Washington or Tel Aviv mentioned nuking various countries?

The US is the most violent, warlike country, with Israel number two.

Nobody else comes close.

samcontrol's picture

in decades , the US empire is still an infant.

Say... Rome for example.

The human race is warlike...just happens US has the most and best toys right now. don't really know wtf for..
but hey you got saddam and the family... no complaints there except for the thousands of innocent dead civilians and crippled US marines.
I still don't understand why it is not eASier to kill foreign leaders.
Kennedy was easy enough.

GMadScientist's picture

Why kill someone when you can arrange a plane crash instead?

A Nanny Moose's picture

...and blame it on the Russians

TBT or not TBT's picture

So, we should have taken the nuclear option off the table, formally?   Or physically, like Obama has said he would like to do, if he could?

The reason we don't have big wars and lots of smaller ones is because we constantly excercise and maintain readiness of a hierarchy of force responses, including and up to annhilation.    For our investments we get something called "peace", actual peace in our time.     Iraq and Afghanistan, however poorly executed and thought out, were tiny little affairs, on a scale of wars the USA has known in the past, and would like to avoid in the future.   Killing the leaders of menacing tyrannies, I agree with you, is a great idea, and would be far less costly than what we do now.   We don't kill them because we've tied our own hands with this club called the United Nations, within which we have made sacrosanct the nonsense called "sovereignty".    Pathetic brutal tyrannies should not be treated as sovereign.    Adopting that principle would make sorting out Iran or Saddam, Chavez or Castro or Mugabe very cheap and way more effective.

TBT or not TBT's picture

We, here in the developed world, are prosperous and free because we are good at war, "peace" being always and everywhere a state of affairs resulting from another thing called "Victory" coupled with "Strength."     Strength exudes directly from freedom, and that is the reason western armies beat the crap out of arab ones at war.    Arab fighters have no intrinsic interest in victory as individuals.  They are slaves in a tyranny, or they die and get their 72 always-virgin teen fuck slaves.

john39's picture

"war is peace... ignorance is strength"....  i get it.    but you should know, i think that Orwell was being sarcastic.

TBT or not TBT's picture

There is no country on this planet that didn't come to exist as the result of victory, or victories, of their own or by powerful allies.     Peace is the period between wars that establish new borders.     That's the history of...history. States remain states by maintaining coercive power, the ability to do violence themselves, or reliance on allies ability to do so.     Frequently enough they liver or die on their ability to defend their territory, and sometimes this extends even to taking out or cutting down to size rival states pre-emptively.     It isn't my fault that this is the history of the world, and it isn't healthy to be in denial of it.      Bumper sticker phrases don't keep the peace, soldiers do, well armed and trained soldiers do.

RichardP's picture

Are you saying that someone will take what l have away from me if they are stronger than me, and that this has been the history of the world?

Bandit und Buster's picture

Primary reason US is so aggressive and hostile lately is BECAUSE it is CONTROLLED BY Zionist Israel! 

The Jews LOVE wars, especially when the non-jews will fight them for them!



“I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it."
— Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon


"‘We’ve been fighting a war for the past 18 months, which is the harbinger of World War III. The world is going to fight, whether they like it or not.  I’m sure,’ Ra’anan Gissin, a senior adviser to [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon, said n an interview Friday." Stephanie Innes, Arizona Daily Star, March 18, 2003.

which way western man's picture

mordor on the potomac and kikistan proper are much great threats to my life, liberty and pursuit of happiness than any Iranian might ever be.

e-recep's picture

usa is still the only country that nuked civilians.

TBT or not TBT's picture

We killed more Japanese with firebombing, and without the Manhattan Project bombs would have certainly killed and maimed far more Japanese finishing them off with conventional warfare methods of the time.     Any thought to how many chinese, koreans, pacific islanders lives were crushed and wiped out by a couple decades of japanese fascism?      More than a few hundred K.    Far more.

Crash Overide's picture

Still wondering if Iran has those Keshe MARGRAV drives operating behind the scenes, they could pluck any drone out of the sky whenever they wanted to. Too many secrets...

BigInJapan's picture

Weird lack of Google hits in English for keshe margrav. German, yes. French, yes. English, crickets. . . Are you guys getting anything back in The World?

edit: MAGRAV. Goddamnit man this shit is a little important to be making spelling mistakes.

Bandit und Buster's picture

Well the Keshe technology has been offered to ALL nations...sounds fair to me.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

"All this happened because someone during the drone design phase forgot to add a self-destruct option. Now, over a year later, we will see if someone finally thought of adding this simple feature"

Individual electronic LRUs (line replaceable units), those important enough to implement such a feature, can be designed to self-destruct in a fashion that one wouldn't even notice until one tried to operate the device.  Your knowledge of "self-destuct" apparently comes only from the explosions and thermite induced melt-downs in movies.

HD's picture

What are the odds it says "Goodyear" on the side of the drone?

Stares straight ahead's picture

Why am I secretly and guiltily rooting for The drone catchers?

syntaxterror's picture

The Drone Catchers would be a great title for a book.

Stares straight ahead's picture

Please write it, with directions included.

BigInJapan's picture

Because you probably hate white people.

The Heart's picture

"Why am I secretly and guiltily rooting for The drone catchers?"

Because war is peace, and peace is war in babylons babylonic world of babylonians.

SleepingBear's picture

I like the American flag with the little skulls in it, that's a nice touch


S474NtheD3v1L's picture

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard is denying that it captured a foreign unmanned aircraft during a military exercise in southern Iran.

A spokesman for the Guard, Yasin Hasanali, told The Associated Press that the drone was actually being used during the drill as a supposed enemy aircraft.

Iranian media on Saturday quoted a spokesman for the Guard as saying that its electronic warfare unit had taken control of a foreign drone's navigation system and forced it to land during the site of the military exercise.

Iran has claimed to have captured several U.S. drones, including an advanced RQ-170 Sentinel CIA spy drone in December 2011 and at least three ScanEagle aircraft.

The Guard's military exercise, code-named Great Prophet-8, ends on Monday.

The Heart's picture

"The Guard's military exercise, code-named Great Prophet-8, ends on Monday."

One has to hand it to those Iranian folks for being so smart in holding these exercises during the notorious Purim time. Makes it harder to be surprise attacked if they are already out conducting military exercises in anticipation of an attack by the rothschild glove puppet apartheid nation of AshkaNAZIans.

Typically, false flag events take place on Mondays around 9:00am so they can milk the horrific news all during what they call the "news-week." The business of fear propagation during a planed and orchestrated govt event is a science for these propagandists, and purveyors of the fear-mongering black-arts. Knowing that the nutty-yahoo puppet govt is insane enough to insist on starting world war three as they were specifically created to do by the rottenchilds, an attack can come at any time in the coming weeks. Typically, these evil warmongers like to attack in March as history has shown. It is either around the new moon time, which is on the 11th of March this year, or during the significant equinox dates of the 21st-22nd.

Everybody knows the banksters are going down fast. This only shoves them into the corner of insanity to push yet another button to cause more war. Imagine if all that money spent on the war machine was spent in the States instead on rebuilding America's manufacturing and infrastructure. What kind of boom for the country would that produce?

Super Broccoli's picture

people are dumb sheep that's all, review Milgram's experiments ! people would do anything authority tells them to do

NoWayJose's picture

I am guessing, but it looks like what is flying over Iran are unarmed smaller spy drones. The ones with missiles are not being used.

SleepingBear's picture

The Iran government is denying that the drone was American, but if there's any government I trust less than my own, it's probably Iran's

marcusfenix's picture

never, ever, ever trust any other government less than your own...ever.

the government you live under the rule of should always be the one you trust the least because they have the most impact on your life and can and will do you the most harm...

PS i didn't down arrow you.

SleepingBear's picture

Duly noted. Iran has at least never been anything less than forthcoming with their lunacy whereas Washington's lunacy is hidden by what would be called the pretense of knowledge

Rustysilver's picture

Super Broccoli,

Sort of like highly intellectual Germans with their PhDs circa 1930-45.

Pseudo Anonym's picture

jew banksters know how to play their pawns

America will simply allow Barrack Obama to do whatever he wants because he is black

JOYFUL's picture

now, now, the phenomena is actually ecumenical...for milllenia, elites of all stripes have played to the vanities and delusions of their targeted dupes...

race, religion or culture are no barrier to creative duplicity of this sort...

Merikan HUGH B URBAN does a wonderful job of detailing the scam in his Elitism and Esotericism: Strategies of Secrecy and Power in South Indian Tantra and French Freemasonry -

esotericism is by no means primarily a "counter-cultural" or "subversive"phenomenon; rather, it is very often an elitist phenomenon, the province of highly educated, affluent and powerful intellectuals, who wish, not to undermine existingsocial structures, but rather subtly to reinforce them, or else to bend and reshape them according to their own interests...

wherein he details the same strategies, such as

the creation of a new social space or private sphere, which promises "equality" and liberation for all classes, while at the same time constructing new and more rigid hierarchies;

such as we see of the present moment...nothing new under the Sun ol son...wandering jews, phoney pharaohs, fakirs n freemasons building pyramids of power on the backsides of their dupe followers...

timeless cycles of endless bullshit!

torabora's picture

Did it have the "Intel Inside" logo?

q99x2's picture

People are weird.

To counter the growing financial concerns of global corporatists the US decided to use a technology that has heavy risks both short and long term.

We are nearing the limits of greed.

hmmmstrange's picture

This is just part of the new "drones for oil" policy.

Fix It Again Timmy's picture

We lost wars and screwed up without drones and we will lose wars and screw up with drones - best thing to do is stay the f*^k home....

Rentier's picture

sheeple will do what sheeple will do, fall in line.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I read this last night as a news headline on my phone.

/Is this part of America's Foreign Aid -- providing drone tech?  /sarc


booboo's picture

blacks and white progressives can't be racist, after all racism is defined as favoring one race and skin color over another....wait just a minute........nevermind.

Monedas's picture

Maybe these were "factory refurbished to meet original manufacturer's specs" ..... Heartland America 

One World Mafia's picture

Obamanoids/racial liberals are just one dwindling side of the equation and require rigged elections for support.

Kick the financial legs out from under the global financial mafia. Boycott their products:

Naming Names: Your Real Government