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Drone Strikes

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Pakistani Friends Mourn U.S. Aid Worker Killed In CIA Drone Strike

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Warren Weinstein made his Pakistani friends nervous when he first arrived in their country in 2004. The trouble wasn't that the vete...

Ali Watkins

CIA Hostage-Killing Strike Underscores 'Close Enough' Nature Of Drone Targeting

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The news that a CIA drone strike had inadvertently killed two Western al Qaeda hostages is underscoring a harsh reality of U.S. drone wa...

Ali Watkins

CIA Killing Of Al-Qaeda Hostages Boosts Critics Of Drone Strikes

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thursday’s news of a botched CIA drone operation in January that killed two Western al-Qaeda hostages is threatening to reignite debat...

Jason Linkins

A Drone Program That Has Killed Hundreds Of Civilians Finally Killed Some That The White House Regrets

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

This morning, the White House disclosed that a January 2015 drone strike, conducted in Pakistan by the CIA with the intention of taking out an al Qaed...

Deaths of Hostages and American Extremists Renew Focus on Drone Strikes

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

Drone strikes have killed other Americans, as well as civilians, in a controversial policy used by the Obama administration in recent years. But the president defended January's operations during his press briefing today.

Americans Held By And Working With Al Qaeda Killed In Botched U.S. Operation

AP/ The Huffington Post | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American and an Italian held hostage by al Qaeda, as well as two Americans working with the terror group, were inadvertently ki...

Manhunters, Inc.

Gregoire Chamayou | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Gregoire Chamayou

Initially, the English word "drone" meant both an insect and a sound. It was not until the outbreak of World War II that it began to take on another meaning. However, it was a long time before drones were to be seen cruising above battlefields.

Yemen Crisis Points Up Danger of Our Close Ties To An Increasingly Irrational Middle East

William Bradley | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

So we have yet another crisis in a little-known place to worry about. The difference is that, with this one, it's not hard at all to see how it could trigger a regional conflagration.

Melding the Overt With the Covert in Drone Warfare

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

More than a decade of intense experience with drones teaches us at least one salient lesson: our robot warriors make war in the usual sense of the term, but in another way as well. They are not a military solution to a problem, but a significant part of that problem.

Selling Drones - Let the Good Times Begin

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The Bush and Obama administrations pioneered the crossing of sovereign borders without permission for an ongoing killing process not defined as war and which has regularly taken out ordinary civilians, including significant numbers of children.

Obama's Social Work Summit on "Violent Extremism" Misses the Root

William Bradley | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Will social work solve the problem of "violent extremism?" Well, it has the virtue of not having been tried. But that's probably because it's largely beside the point.

The Front Page Rule

Kathy Kelly | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

The fact remains that if we didn't see enemy soldiers as "murdering terrorists" lacking the human emotions and rights of our own troops, and enemy civilians as "collateral damage" whose deaths are automatically the fault of all who resist us, then there couldn't be a drone program.

Their Barbarism and Ours

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It will come as no surprise to you that we're top-notch when it comes to denouncing barbarism -- as long as it's theirs. Unfortunately, when it comes to our own barbarism, we turn out to be a tad weaker, whether you're talking about torture or the deaths of children by drone.

The Sociology of Dead Children

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.14.2015 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

A new study by Yale researchers attempts to create categories of likely future shooting victims in Chicago and thus determine who among us is most in danger. But in the process the study, at least as it was reported in the Chicago Sun-Times, utterly depersonalized the potential victims, along with their communities, reducing them to components in a mathematical formula.

U.S. Drone Strike In Afghanistan Kills ISIS Recruiter Who Was Once Held In Guantanamo

AP | Lolita C. Baldor | Posted 02.10.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top recruiter for the Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan was killed in an American drone strike on Monday, a Penta...

Should We Oppose the Intervention Against ISIS? An Exchange of Views

Danny Postel | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Danny Postel

Some Syrian activists question how committed the Kurds are to toppling the Syrian dictator. The Kurds, for their part, distrust Turkey, which supports the Syrian opposition. These debates and dynamics are mostly unknown to American progressives.

From Torturing to Killing Innocent People: This Is Who We Are

Jeff Bachman | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Jeff Bachman

I am tired of listening to our officials say things that are simply and obviously in direct contradiction with what we actually do. Enough is enough. It is time to stop pretending we are something that we are not.

America Held Hostage

John Feffer | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

Consistency is the hobgoblin of little countries: Superpowers can do whatever they wish. But the United States enjoys only the illusion of free rein. In fact, America is held hostage by the very way it conducts its foreign policy.

At the Last, Feinstein Finds Trouble in the Secret World

William Bradley | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's safe to say that Senator Dianne Feinstein has been anything but a boat-rocker during her six years as chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.

Defending the Predators: The Argument for the Killer Drone

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Brian Glyn Williams

Wild claims by anti-drone activists dominate the conversation, since the CIA and military have an official policy of not commenting on drone strikes. Average U.S. citizens cannot talk to drone pilots to find out whom they are killing based on what intelligence and why. However, recently, at a conference on drones at Boston College, I got the extraordinary opportunity to do just that.

REPORT: 'Precision' U.S. Drone Strikes Targeted 41, But Killed 1,147

The Guardian | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics

New analysis of data conducted by human rights group Reprieve shared with the Guardian, raises questions about accuracy of intelligence guiding ‘pre...

I'm a Liberal Democrat. I'm Voting for Rand Paul in 2016. Here Is Why.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Yes, I'll have to concede some of my beliefs and roll the dice as to whether or not he'll flip-flop on issues, but Hillary Clinton and President Obama have changed their views on everything from gay marriage to marijuana legalization and Iraq, so I'm taking an educated gamble with Sen. Paul.

Report: Senior Al Qaeda Official Killed In U.S. Drone Strike In Yemen

Reuters | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

SANAA, Nov 5 (Reuters) - A senior al Qaeda official wanted by the United States and a local leader of the militant group's affiliate...

One Group's Struggle To Record The Deaths From U.S. Drone Strikes In Pakistan

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. This week, we talked to Jack Serle about the Uni...

Why Are We Still Waiting for Answers on Drones?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Not one of us would stand by idly while a foreign government killed American grandmothers, children, and other innocent civilians via remote-controlled weapons that rain down death from the skies.