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Drone Strikes

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 02.20.2015 | 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 02.15.2015 | 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 02.12.2015 | 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.

Religious Community Skeptical of Lethal Drones

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

Currently, the CIA is engaged in the military operations of drone warfare as well as collecting intelligence about how they might be used. An upcoming conference will consider if the CIA should only collect intelligence and not actually be involved in carrying out drone warfare.

Only 4 Percent Of Drone Victims In Pakistan Identified As Al Qaeda Members

The Bureau Of Investigative Journalism | Jack Serle | Posted 10.16.2014 | World

As the number of US drone strikes in Pakistan hits 400, research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism finds that fewer than 4% of the people kill...

Nobel Prize Winner Malala Warned Obama U.S. Drone Strikes Fuel Terrorism

McClatchy DC | Posted 10.11.2014 | World

The teenager who became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize Friday told President Barack Obama at a White House meeting last year that sh...

U.S. Drone Strike Kills Senior Uzbek Commander In Pakistan

Reuters | Posted 12.05.2014 | World

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, Oct 5 (Reuters) - A suspected U.S. drone strike killed five militants in Pakistan's tribal north-west on Sunday includin...

John Oliver On Drones: We've Made Blue Sky 'Completely Fucking Terrifying'

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 09.29.2014 | Comedy

If Barack Obama is concerned about the legacy of his presidency, he might want to take a look at Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight." Early in...

Military Drone Operators Can Feel Emotional Strains Of War

AP | JULIE WATSON | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Barack Obama has assured Americans he opposes sending U.S. ground troops to crush Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria ...

Why Do Americans Hate Beheadings But Love Drone Killings?

Coleen Rowley | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

The answer lies in human psychology. And probably like the old observation about history, people who refuse to understand human psychology are doomed to be victims of psychological manipulation.

14 Reasons Why Captain America: The Winter Soldier Is the Best Pop Movie of the Year

William Bradley | Posted 09.27.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier this month on disc and download reminds of what a terrific film it is. With some competition from its delightful Marvel Studios sibling, Guardians of the Galaxy, it's the best pop movie of the year.