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Drone Strikes

ISIS Leader In Yemen Reportedly Killed In Drone Strike

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 02.04.2016 | World

ADEN (Reuters) - Two suspected U.S. drone strikes killed 12 Islamist militants overnight in southern Yemen, residents said on Thursday, including a to...

Anti-Drone Activist Sentenced To 6 Months In Jail For Peaceful Protest

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics

A peace activist who was arrested while photographing an anti-drone protest at an upstate New York air base has been sentenced to six months i...

Obama: If You Doubt My Commitment To Punishing Terrorists, Ask Osama Bin Laden

The Huffington Post | Nick Baumann | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

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Drones and the Ethics of War

Tom Mockaitis | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Tom Mockaitis

The debate on drones may never be resolved, primarily because it is the wrong debate. Rather than focus on the morality of a weapons system, discussion should consider how and why it is being employed.

Warning Notice: Ultra-Smart Phone Users

Michael Brenner | Posted 12.29.2015 | Comedy
Michael Brenner

An unfortunate incident occurred here in Austin, Texas over the weekend that carries an important message for all users of ultra-smart phones and similar devices.

America's Secret African Drone War Against the Islamic State

Nick Turse | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

For more than a year, U.S. drones flying out of Djibouti waged a secret war against the Islamic State. For more than a year, it went unreported on the nightly news, in the country's flagship newspapers, or evidently anywhere else.

The New York Times and Washington Post Are Ignoring Civilians Killed by U.S. Drone Strikes

The Conversation US | Posted 10.22.2015 | Media
The Conversation US

Both papers have substantially underrepresented the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, failed to correct the public record when evidence emerged that their reporting was wrong and ignored the importance of international law.

Endless War Does Not Make Us Safer

Ivan Eland | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

Obama's recent decision to leave American troops in perpetuity in the Afghanistan War, despite a fourteen-year failed attempt to remodel the country, is as unsurprising as it is appalling.

Nearly 90 Percent Of People Killed In Recent Drone Strikes Were Not The Target

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics

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Obama's Big UN Week Sunk by Putin's Clever Gambit, Iran's Cold Rebuke, and Multiple U.S. Policy Failures

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

We may look back on this week as one of the true nadirs in America's post-9/11 efforts to lead the world, a series of events that make the failures of America's shallow strategies, of both Republican and Democratic administrations. It is a particular low point for President Obama.

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.