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Drone Strikes

Former Drone Operator Recalls Watching His Target 'Bleed Out'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

For more than five years, Brandon Bryant worked for the Air Force, helping to operate some of the most controversial vehicles in the world. In an inte...

In Yemen, Let's Redeem President Obama's War on Terror Reform Speech

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

I'm not under any illusions that these demands are going to be met immediately. But here are three things that, following President Obama's speech, I claim are realistic goals for reforming the former "Global War on Terror" in Yemen in the next six months.

Mike Hogan

New Film Looks At Where Obama Failed | Mike Hogan | Posted 06.06.2013 | Entertainment

Jeremy Scahill's new documentary, "Dirty Wars," is a cinematic chronicle of one journalist's investigation into America's secret global campaign of ta...

Act Two of US Drone Policy Reform

Yaron Schwartz | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Yaron Schwartz

The Obama administration recently lifted its veil of secrecy about its drone usage by providing a substantial amount of information for the first time to a public audience about the program.

Yemen To Obama: Back Up Gitmo Promise With Action

Reuters | Posted 06.03.2013 | World

JEDDAH, June 2 (Reuters) - Yemen gave a qualified welcome on Sunday to U.S. President Barack Obama's promise to lift a ban on repatriating Yemeni pris...

Inside the Murky World of 'Signature Strikes' and the Killing of Americans With Drones

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Brian Glyn Williams

For those who are not versed in the complexities of the CIA's drone war in "non-declared battle zones," Holder's statement would seem to indicate that the Obama administration has either killed three Americans on accident, or is simply lying about the other three killings which were actually intentional.

Get Thee to Geneva, Mr. Obama: Your Drone Strikes Make Targets of Us All

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

While you defend drones as the least bad option in going after terrorist suspects, and while you stated a willingness to cede some authority to wage such warfare to greater oversight, it remains the case that your targeted killings abroad may actually be creating new dangers for us at home.

Obama Pilots Drone Policy Through Political Headwinds

Bill Schneider | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Bill Schneider

What the president is proposing might be called "law enforcement plus." Terrorists hide out in remote and inaccessible locations. They are protected by local populations. Other governments can not or will not cooperate with the U.S. What do we do then? The president's answer: drones.

America: Still 'at War' in a Global Free-Fire Zone

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Another president has now assured us that someday, in a distant future, in a way that we might not even notice, we might possibly find ourselves approaching the sort-of-end of what will have been a 20- or 30-year conflict.

WATCH: Journalist Slams Obama For 'Embrace Of Total Militarism'

Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 05.25.2013 | Media

Journalist Michael Hastings had very harsh words for President Barack Obama on Saturday morning. Appearing on MSNBC's "Up with Steve Kornacki," Has...

Drones Gone Wild: Uncensored!

Seriously Skewed | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Seriously Skewed

The following conversation between a drone and its operator was intercepted by Wikipedia (or is it Wikileaks?) during a seek-and-destroy mission somewhere in Pakistan.

GOP Senator: Obama Speech A 'Victory' For 'Terrorists'

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

Code Pink activist and heckler Medea Benjamin wasn't the only one unimpressed with President Barack Obama's counterterrorism policy speech on Thursday...

Internal Revenue Service Given Power to Use Drone Attacks

Spencer Green | Posted 07.23.2013 | Comedy
Spencer Green

In a startling policy announcement, the Obama administration has given the Internal Revenue Service complete power over drone attacks used in this country.

U.S. Makes Major Admission On Drones

The New York Times | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — One day before President Obama is due to deliver a major speech on national security, his administration on Wednesday formally acknowle...

What The Government Does When It Thinks No One Is Watching

Upworthy | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

If there is a stupider way to fight terrorism than drone warfare, it hasn't been invented yet....

Star Trek Demands Path Out Of The Darkness

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

"Star Trek Into Darkness" does what Star Trek has always done best: holds up a mirror to the United States and asks, "Are we the moral people we want to be?"

David Wood

Drone Man: A Candid, Chilling Conversation With Our Top Drone Pilot | David Wood | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics

He always watches for the kids. Peering through cameras and sensors from his computer station thousands of miles away, he absorbs the details of da...

Mark Udall: Drones Need To Overcome 'Scary' Stigma

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

The unmanned aerial vehicle industry need to overcome the vision Americans have of "a sky full of drones watching their every move" and integrate "int...

Obama Drone War 'Kill Chain' Brings War's Toll Home To U.S.

David Wood | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
David Wood

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- In the secretive U.S. war of armed drones, the kill chain runs through a highly classified, windowless brick building h...

America's Words of Peace and Acts of War

David Bromwich | Posted 07.04.2013 | Politics
David Bromwich

Is America at War with Islam? The question began to be asked when the first evidence emerged of the transfer of hundreds of innocent Muslims to Guantanamo and the despotic new order that permitted indefinite detention of suspects.

Droning On

Will Durst | Posted 07.03.2013 | Comedy
Will Durst

Some maladjusted California state senator who obviously didn't get enough hugs from his mommy has singlehandedly set out to shackle another of our nation's emerging industries to the cement block of job-killing restriction.

Lawyer: U.S. Using Drone Strikes To Avoid Sending Prisoners To Gitmo

The Guardian | Dan Roberts | Posted 05.02.2013 | World

The lawyer who first drew up White House policy on lethal drone strikes has accused the Obama administration of overusing them because of its reluctan...

Preston Maddock

Worried About Drones In Your Backyard? | Preston Maddock | Posted 05.02.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Worried about drones? Entrepreneurs are ready to help. Concerns about unmanned flying aircraft have resulted in a budding new industr...

One Step Closer to Meaningful Oversight of International Targeted Killing

Adam Cohen | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Adam Cohen

The hearing established that the drones issue is not about the rights of American citizens alone but about the rights of people around the world.

Bush Reportedly Rejected Drone Request From Mexican President

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

Former President George W. Bush rejected a request from former Mexican President Felipe Calderon to use armed drones to curb the growing influence of ...