A searing ‘infographic’ shows drone death toll increasing under Obama’s presidency

Based in New York, *Mashable reports:

“The U.S. drone war in Pakistan is what some of its critics have called a “shadow war,” a conflict fought largely in secret and far from public oversight. The CIA is — for now — the main actor behind that war. And because of the secrecy surrounding it, we don’t have a lot of statistics on the effects of this war, particularly the exact number of victims.

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“A beautifully designed interactive infographic titled “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” gives us an idea of the war’s effects using data collected by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the New America Foundation, which have released separate studies estimating the number of people killed by America’s drones in Pakistan.

“The infographic visualizes every single strike carried out in Pakistan, counting the reported deaths and categorizing them by civilian, children, high profile and “other.” These refer to victims of a special type of attacks called “signature strikes,” which target people that fit a certain profile based on evidence of suspicious behavior, even though the administration doesn’t know their true identities and, according to critics, can’t really tell if they’re enemy combatants.

“The infographic was designed by Wesley Grubbs, Nicholas Yahnke, and Mladen Balog of Pitch Interactive, a data visualization company.

* Mashable (Mashable Inc.) is a Scottish-American news website, technology and social media blog founded by Pete Cashmore from his home in Aberdeen in 2005.

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