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Drone Strikes

This Is Why I'm Not Afraid of the Police

Jonathan Walton | Posted 07.13.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

I am no longer a slave to fear because I have surrendered to God's love. I am no longer a slave to fear for I am a child of God.

Terminating Our Terminators?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In every country (with the possible exception of Somalia) where U.S. drone strikes have been repeatedly employed, the situation is far worse today than in 2001. In the two countries where it all began, Afghanistan and Yemen, it's significantly -- in the case of Yemen, infinitely -- worse.

Killing by Committee in the Global Wild West

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Pratap Chatterjee

In reality, there's nothing "lone" about drone warfare. Think of the structure for carrying out Washington's drone killing program as a multidimensional pyramid populated with hundreds of personnel and so complex that just about no one involved really grasps the full picture.

How Bernie Sanders Can Kill the 1 Percent's TPP Trade Deal

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who was a close second in a recent straw poll of Wisconsin Democrats, has called for a "political revolution" to revitalize democracy in the United States. Is Sanders ready to walk the walk?

Yemeni Families Sue U.S. Over Drone Strike

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) - The families of two Yemeni men killed in 2012 have sued the United States, alleging they were innocent bystanders hit b...

Sophia Jones

U.S. Airstrikes In Syria 'Have Killed So Many People. We Want Them To Stop'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.22.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- The U.S. military's admission this week that an airstrike against extremists last year in Syria killed two children is too little and too ...

Legality of Drone Warfare or Illegality of Drone Assassination? Let a Real Debate Begin!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Coleen Rowley

Law professor Harold Koh, a former Yale Law School Dean and former Legal Adviser to Hillary Clinton's State Department, hired by NYU to teach human ri...

Legality of Drone Warfare or Illegality of Drone Assassination? Let a Real Debate Begin!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

To stand the test of time regardless of evolving technology, international law must "work" from all participants' standpoints, not just those nations which view themselves as most militarily powerful at the moment.

The Mass Torture of Obama's Drone Strikes

Ayobami Olugbemiga | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Ayobami Olugbemiga

Leon Trotsky once said: "you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you." Unfortunately, that is true for the two innocent hostages -- one American, one Italian -- that were killed accidentally in a January 2015 CIA drone strike near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Who Counts?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts? In Washington, the answers are the same: We don't count and they don't count.

Warren Weinstein and the Truth About the Drone Wars

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The accidental killing of Warren Weinstein is nothing short of a painful, but unfortunately unavoidable, consequence of the drone wars.

Assassination, American-Style

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

No one can claim that plotting assassination is new to Washington or that, in the past, American leaders and the CIA didn't aim high. The difference was that, in those days, the idea of assassinating a foreign leader, or anyone abroad, had a certain element of the taboo attached to it.

The Kingpin Strategy

Andrew Cockburn | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Andrew Cockburn

As the war on terror nears its 14th anniversary -- a war we seem to be losing, given jihadist advances in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen -- the U.S. sticks stolidly to its strategy of "high-value targeting," our preferred euphemism for assassination.

Challenging American Exceptionalism

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

American exceptionalism reflects the belief that Americans are somehow better than everyone else. This view reared its head after the 2013 leak of a Department of Justice White Paper that describes circumstances under which the President can order the targeted killing of U.S. citizens.

President Obama: Pretty Sure Jesus Isn't Cool With the Drones

Derek Penwell | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

We've killed women and children, sir. We've killed innocent men. That they didn't have the good foresight to be born to American parents or on American soil matters not at all to the God who created them and who, Jesus says, still loves them.

One Week, Three Lessons on the Exclusivity of Exceptionalism in America

Eoin Higgins | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

Three events in the week beginning April 20, 2015, show convincingly that the American promise of national and global societal justice is a lie.

Laura Barron-Lopez

House Democrat Calls For Creation Of ‘Hostage Czar' After Drone Strike

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) said Sunday that the administration should name a "hostage czar" amid revelations that a U.S. drone strike kil...

Laura Barron-Lopez

John McCain: Deaths Of Innocent Hostages By U.S. Drone Strike 'Obviously Preventable'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday the accidental deaths of two innocent hostages killed during ...

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 06.23.2015 | 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 06.07.2015 | 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.