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May 14, 2009

Lara Logan And The Predator


“What if you get it wrong?” Logan asked.

“We don’t,” Gough replied.

“Ever?” Logan asked.

“That’s a tough question,” Gough said after a pause. “Yeah. We have the resources to make sure we’re right. In battle, in combat, in the fog and friction of war, there are always gonna be times that your judgment isn’t with hindsight, you can see things with more clarity.”

“But you’re not there in the fog and friction of war. You’re sitting here in your cockpit in Nevada,” Logan remarked.

“And that’s what makes us more powerful and have that clarity, because I’m able to distance myself from the fight and use resources that are otherwise unattainable to the combatants,” Gough replied.

What better way for 60 Minutes to shill for the military — in this exclusive, suddenly-declassified look at the all-too-surreal Predator technology (the week after we blew away almost a hundred Afghan children) — than to soften the reality of hell-from-the-sky by focusing on the lovely Lara Logan from 10,000 feet?


At the same time, however, you could also read these images as the media being used by military PR for target practice.

… If you watch the report, by the way, just remember not to draw any analogies between “doing bad things to bad people” from 7000 miles away and playing video games.

America’s New Air Force (video/60 Minutes)

  • Stan B.

    What an all out puff piece that was!!! Not one example given, not one of dozens of miscalls and mistaken identifications that have led to the deaths of hundreds of innocent men, women and children! Oh why, oh why, do they hate us so…

  • yg

    60 minutes also did an unbelievably complimentary piece on bank of america and their ceo. didn’t 60 minutes used to do investigative journalism? now it’s turned into just another PR machine.

  • dissector

    This was not as bad as the piece 60Min did on the Active Denial System (pain ray) a while back. During the piece, the military staged a demo against a crowd of actors — military guys parading with peace signs; the crowd assembled and then was blasted from afar. Watching that seemed to send a clear message about controlling domestic US crowds (peaceful, war-protesting crowds), just like this more recent piece seemed to implicate watching, even targeting, the press or even civilians from afar. The CBS link is down, but the clip is here, starting at about 1:45 minutes in.
    This, along with our increasingly militarized police and penal systems seem to be educating us, young ( and old, to behave … they are watching, so stay in line. Just a happy accident I guess that she is standing right in the crosshairs formed by the pavement. Like I said, say in line.
    In all honesty, I find this deeply disturbing.

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