Guest Post: The 1984 Playbook Has Arrived: U.S. Air Force Deletes Drone Strike Data

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg

The 1984 Playbook Has Arrived: U.S. Air Force Deletes Drone Strike Data

If you recall, Winston Smith’s job in George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 was to go into historical records and literally change history.  He would alter photographs and text in the archives so that history would always portray “The Party” in a positive light and as omniscient.  Well folks, this behavior has arrived in America and we better nip it in the bud fast before one of these drones is flying right over our heads.  From the Air Force Times:

As scrutiny and debate over the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) by the American military increased last month, the Air Force reversed a policy of sharing the number of airstrikes launched from RPAs in Afghanistan and quietly scrubbed those statistics from previous releases kept on their website.


Last October, Air Force Central Command started tallying weapons releases from RPAs, broken down into monthly updates. At the time, AFCENT spokeswoman Capt. Kim Bender said the numbers would be put out every month as part of a service effort to “provide more detailed information on RPA ops in Afghanistan.”


The Air Force maintained that policy for the statistics reports for November, December and January. But the February numbers, released March 7, contained empty space where the box of RPA statistics had previously been.


Additionally, monthly reports hosted on the Air Force website have had the RPA data removed — and recently.


On Sunday, U.S. Central Command said in a statement that the decision was made to remove the statistics because the data disproportionately places emphasis on the airstrikes. The majority of the RPA missions are for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, with a small percent involving airstrikes.


The data removal coincided with increased scrutiny on RPA policy caused by President Obama’s nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Brennan faced opposition in the Senate over the use of RPAs and his defense of their legality in his role as Obama’s deputy national security adviser.

Nothing to see here folks, move along.  Literally.

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stant's picture

dont believe anything untill its offically denied

Alexandre Stavisky's picture


All mountaineers belayed together but wielding and ready to use the sharp knife.

Redenomination risk worldwide.  Fields of gold, fields of pasture.

CH1's picture

And yet, John Doe will obey everything they tell him to do.

Ho hum... everything remains on track.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Super Storm Sandy. Sandy is the difference. Anyone else notice the convergence?

Unique Snowflake's picture

Stinks to high heaven and absolutely worth questioning, but still haven't seen anything compelling or offering any genuine evidence of a different story. The media is gutless and the authorities should be ashamed of themselves for their lack of competence and professionalism. 

Rudolf Havenstein's picture

Take a look at, takes you a few feet deeper into the rabbit hole.


They also make the 9/11 "no planes" theory plausible.

Joe Davola's picture

Gives redacted a whole new meaning.  And if I were the hackers who nabbed Holder's info I'd be partying like there's no tomorrow because, they haven't one.

Lore's picture

If there is no data, it could simply be that the drones are not in use.


Pure Evil's picture

Does this mean SkyNet has officially taken over, or just covering its tracks?

nmewn's picture


The robot appearing before the camera's said it was a purely routine measure.

Carry on.

Surly Bear's picture

I believe they have 1.6 billion reasons that say 'no, you won't "nip" anything in the bud.'

nmewn's picture

I'm sure they have figured out all the unintended consequence of action like they always do...I mean...their record is almost flawless ;-)

prains's picture

this is right out of dick cheney's playbook from the 80's as part of reagun's army, he's been doing this for fourty fucking years

Teamtc321's picture

Booosh was just recently seen painting pictures of his dog, barney. We know, we know, it is still his fucking fault!!


Forward Bitcheez!!

A Nanny Moose's picture

What I am hearing.... "these are not the droids I am looking for, and that I should keep on moving"

El Oregonian's picture

The 'New Party' Policy is to put out a new edict: "Silencing, or Droning out the noise."

icanhasbailout's picture

It gets to a point where even Joe Stupid is looking around saying WTF

The Heart's picture

Talk about not believing.

According to this, only 30% of Americans trust the Govt. The real numbers of how many people accept the tripe is far less than 30%. Maybe closer to 2% to be more realistic. Just like the real unemployment number. It is close to 50% unemployed, and certainly NOT what the babylonians on the lame stream media dribble say it is.

wee-weed up's picture

But... but...

Didn't Obama promise us the most transparent administration in history?

j0nx's picture

Dudn't matter. They aint doing nothing about it.

BandGap's picture

It just means all the practicing is over. Now to the bonus round.

Cdad's picture

"War is peace. 
Freedom is slavery. 
Ignorance is strength."

G. Orwell

Ineverslice's picture


Victory Gin for all!

Major Major Major's picture

“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”

AlaricBalth's picture

“So long as they (the Proles) continued to work and breed, their other activities were without importance. Left to themselves, like cattle turned loose upon the plains of Argentina, they had reverted to a style of life that appeared to be natural to them, a sort of ancestral pattern...Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.”
George Orwell, 1984

AssFire's picture

those files are stored next to the congressional blackmail files at the powers that be

StychoKiller's picture

Praise Big Brother, the chocolate ration has been increased (again!) to 28 grams, can it get any better than this?

LawsofPhysics's picture

Knowledge is power, and you will be told everything you need to know, nothing more.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Yup, just like in most corporate "all hands" meetings I've attended.

1C3-N1N3's picture

We have to delete it to find out what's in it!

A Nanny Moose's picture

LMAO! I c wut ya did thar! You owe me a beer and a new keyboard. Will settle for the beer. Will buy you are beer in return. /clink

SheepleLOVEcheddarbaybiscuits's picture

If you aren't thinking of leaving the US, you aren't thinking.

NotApplicable's picture

Lemme know when you've got that spacecraft ready, okay?

rhinoblitzing's picture

Running are yuh? - Where ya gonna go?

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of thier country. Impeach Obama Now ! 

Alpha Monkey's picture

Anywhere in Europe where people aren't stuck on their asses watching Dancing with the Stars while cleaning their unused their guns. 

The Heart's picture

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Katharine Lee Bates

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I don't know how to break it to you, but unless you're still stuck in the "my dad can beat your dad phase" of mental and emotional development, you will find that "God shed his grace on all earth", not just the corner where you made your very, very brief appearance on its surface.

Insofar a person is 'religious', they ought to worry more about being on God's side than making false, pompous, and presumptuous claims the God is on their side.   As if God actually 'picks sides'.

Enough of this sappy, falsely-patriotic projections.  How about simply taking ownership for one's life, and living like a decent human being?  For those people who 'need' a super-central-planner, or a nanny-state-to-come... good for you.  I do not.

Manthong's picture



O nervousness for drone filled skies
And MRAPS on the streets.
For CCTV cameras
At every fifty feet
America, America
Don’t lose your liberty
Roll back intrusive government
Or embrace slavery.

Zgangsta's picture

In Soviet America, statistics erase you.

Terminus C's picture

You know, when I first saw that comedian in the early 90's I thought he was hilarious... but he wasn't telling jokes, just stating reality.

Not laughing now.

squidward's picture

Coincidentally I just finished the audio-book of 1984 today.


It can be found free at the internet achive:


Well worth the listen.

rhinoblitzing's picture

"Well folks, This behavior has arrived in America and we better nip it in the bud fast..."

Newspeak sez.... Impeach Obama Now...

Curt W's picture

Do You honestly still believe that Obama is running this show.

DaveyJones's picture

It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights...

dolph9's picture

With all fairness nobody really has to release those numbers.

Still, this is very much in line with what I'm expecting.  Decreasing transparency and increasing manipulation, which will make the gathering of accurate data difficult to impossible.

Be thankful that for now we at least have some idea of what's going on.  In the future we won't.

Consider saving to hard disk or printing interesting stats or graphs you come across.

Professorlocknload's picture

  On the mark. Before 1966 it was like that, across the board. We were forced to take big three media's word for most everything.