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Drone Warfare

Presidential War Is Unconstitutional

Ivan Eland | Posted 11.28.2016 | World
Ivan Eland

The Obama administration has decided to stretch the 15-year old congressional authorization for war against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks, or t...

America's Wars Come To 'The Homeland'

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The U.S. has been fighting wars -- declared, half-declared, and undeclared -- for almost 15 years and, distant as they are, they've been coming home in all sorts of barely noted ways.

An Illegal Military Strategy Disguised As Technological Advance

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

It's a case of the means justifying the end. The drones work so well that it must be all right to kill people with them.

Why It Matters Dallas Police Used A Drone To Kill Someone In America

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The robot represents a significant escalation in the tools law enforcement use on the streets of America.

The Ethical Case For Killer Robots

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 07.08.2016 | Technology

How can we improve the act of killing? And should we? As we enter the era of artificial intelligence, some argue that our weapons should be smarter to...

Drones and Blowback

John Feffer | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
John Feffer

Drone strikes and the anger they generate effectively serve to recruit people into the Taliban and other extremist organizations. Even those involved in the program have come to the same conclusion.

Snowden: Drone Warfare Reduces Our Dignity To That Of Tagged Animals

The Intercept | Paul Vale | Posted 05.03.2016 | World

"I’ve been waiting 40 years for someone like you." Those were the first words Daniel Ellsberg spoke to me when we met last year....

Unaccountable Power: Drone Warfare Under the Obama Administration

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
William E. Jackson Jr.

War-making is one area where there are few complaints about President Obama acting upon a very broad interpretation of executive authority that at times stretches the law and the Constitution beyond recognition.

INTERVIEW: Director Gavin Hood on Eye in the Sky, Drone Warfare, and Alan Rickman

Zaki Hasan | Posted 04.03.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

With such films as Tsotsi and Rendition, director Gavin Hood has made a career out of tackling difficult subject matter and presenting them in a compelling fashion. His latest, the military thriller Eye in the Sky, which doubles as both a character drama and a meditation on the ramifications of drone warfare, is no exception.

Killing Someone Else's Beloved

Mattea Kramer | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

Trump's pledge to murder the civilian relatives of terrorists could be considered quite modest -- and, in its bluntness, refreshingly candid -- when compared to President Obama's ongoing policy of loosing drones and U.S. Special Operations forces in the Greater Middle East.

America's Empire of Bases (Updated Edition)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.17.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Am I the only person who still remembers how Pentagon officials spoke of the major military bases already on the drawing boards as the invasion of Iraq ended in April 2003?

America's Secret African Drone War Against the Islamic State

Nick Turse | Posted 12.17.2016 | 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.

Spectre's Smashing Success Belies All the Nay-Saying

William Bradley | Posted 12.01.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

In Spectre, Craig's rather tortured take on the role, while retaining the grit of the actor's canny interpretation of Ian Fleming's literary conception, relaxes a bit into a suaver sort of self-confidence. He even exhibits a newfound compassion and sense of proportion.

Cruising the Skies of the Greater Middle East Blasting Away at Civilians

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.20.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

To this day, it remains difficult to take in the degree to which the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq destabilized the Greater Middle East. Those two invasions also loosed another deeply destabilizing phenomenon: 24/7 counterinsurgency from the air.

Terminating Our Terminators?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.13.2016 | 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 07.13.2016 | 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.

Who Counts?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.04.2016 | 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.

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.

First Nighter: Anne Hathaway in "Grounded," Irish Troubles in "The Belle of Belfast," Red Bull Theater's "'Tis Pity She's a Whore"

David Finkle | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Synchronicity can be a scary, shocking and ominously timely thing. Only days after Barack Obama apologizes for a drone killing hostages held by al Qaeda in Pakistan, George Brant's Grounded opens.

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.

Melding the Overt With the Covert in Drone Warfare

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.05.2015 | 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.

Are Pilots Deserting Washington's Remote-Control War?

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Pratap Chatterjee

The U.S. drone war is in crisis and not because civilians are dying. Back in the United States, a combination of lower-class status in the military, overwork, and psychological trauma appears to be taking its mental toll on drone pilots.

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.

A Future in Prison

Kathy Kelly | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

During recent visits with concerned communities focused on drone warfare, many have helped me see a connection between the drone killings across Central Asia and the Middle East and the casual executions and incarceration of young black males in our own country.

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.