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Obama Drones

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.

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...

Ali Watkins

Two Years Later, White House Still Hitting Roadblocks In Effort To Move Drone Program Out Of CIA Control

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a May 2013 speech at the National Defense University, President Barack Obama offered a rare glimpse into upcoming changes to one of t...

Unauthorized Government Killing by Drones, Bombs, or Other Means Is Still Murder

Ivan Eland | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Obama did not start the congressionally unauthorized drone wars in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia -- which because of this lack of legitimate authority are essentially murdering people without due process -- George W. Bush did. But Obama has accelerated the illegitimate killing.

Obama: Drone That Landed At The White House Highlights 'Broader Problem'

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The type of small drone that crashed on the White House grounds on Monday is available at a chain like RadioShack Cor...

Obama Defends Counterterrorism Strategy And Drone Strikes In Yemen

AP | JULIE PACE and ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, saying efforts to root out a dangerous al...

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.

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...

Send in the Drones (With Apologies to Stephen Sondheim)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

We are clearly in the early stages of the intervention sweepstakes. The initial moves may even be greeted as auspicious, but watch out for the long-run destabilizing effects in an already chaotic region. Washington only imagines it can control such combustible situations.

Matt Sledge

One Year After Obama's Big Drone Speech, Promises Left Unkept

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One year ago last Friday, President Barack Obama gave a major address on drones, targeted killing and terrorism. The president and admin...

Judicial Nominee Who Wrote Drone Memo Clears First Senate Hurdle

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a contentious federal appeals court nominee who helped develop the government's ...

Standing Up, One Year Later: President Obama's Broken Foreign Policy Promises

Medea Benjamin | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

The military hammer the US government has been using against terrorist suspects for over 12 years has not succeeded in eliminating al-Qaeda; it has helped spawn a resurgence of terrorist groups across war-torn Middle East and now into Africa.

Obama Administration To Reveal Justification For Drone Strikes On U.S. Citizens

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of a critical Senate vote and under court order, the Obama administration signaled it will publicly reveal a secret mem...

The Three Faces of Drone War

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Pratap Chatterjee

Enemies, innocent victims, and soldiers have always made up the three faces of war. With war growing more distant, two of those faces have, however, faded into the background in recent years.

White House Offers To Show Senators Secret Drone Memo

AP | By NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoping to head off another confirmation battle, the White House said Tuesday that it will allow senators to review a secret paper ...

Senators Drop Demand For Public Drone Death Tallies

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators have dropped a demand for a public declaration of how many civilians the United States kills in CIA drone strikes each ye...

United States Accelerates a Counterproductive Drone War in Yemen

Ivan Eland | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

The drone war confirms what most experts on counterinsurgency have concluded: killing your way out of such situations rarely works and often creates more enemies to fight.

U.S. Must Release Drone Killings Memo, Court Says

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government must publicly disclose in redacted form secret papers describing its legal justification for using drones to kil...

'He's Like Barry Bombs...'

Posted 02.20.2014 | Comedy

Jon Stewart took the Obama administration to task over drones once again on Wednesday, this time drawing parallels between the president's comments ab...

How the White House Became a Killing Machine

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Imagine this: a president and his top officials as self-professed assassins -- and proud of it, even attempting to gain political capital from it.

U.S. Curtails Drone Strikes In Pakistan: Report

Reuters | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) - The United States has cut back sharply on drone strikes in Pakistan after the Islamabad government asked for restraint...

U.S. Curtails Drone Strikes In Pakistan: Report

The Washington Post | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration has sharply curtailed drone strikes in Pakistan after a request from the government there for restraint as it pursues peace t...

The Toll Of 5 Years Of Drone Strikes

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

The U.S. drone program under President Barack Obama reached its fifth anniversary on Thursday having tallied up an estimated death toll of at least 2,...

5 Years Of Obama Drone Strikes Leave 2,400 Dead

The Bureau Of Investigative Journalism | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Five years ago, on January 23 2009, a CIA drone flattened a house in Pakistan’s tribal regions. It was the third day of Barack Obama’s presidency,...