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Obama Drones

Matt Sledge

Ex-Pentagon Lawyer Shoots Down Drone Court Idea | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Jeh Johnson, who was until three months ago the Pentagon's top lawyer, outlined his objections to a drone court in a speech Monday, dashin...

GOP Hypocrisy on Obama's Drone War

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The criticisms notwithstanding, a GOP president would have done the same as Obama and launched preemptive strikes, and the likelihood that Paul and the GOP would have characterized him as a civil liberties abuser and a villain is nil.

Former Defense Official Raises Secrecy Questions

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics

By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) - A former U.S. Defense Department counsel said he is a skeptic when it comes to a ...

Obama Seeks Global Influence On Drones

Reuters | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

(Repeats with no change) By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, who vastly expand...

Ryan J. Reilly

Court Finds It Not 'Plausible' That CIA Has No Role In Drone Strikes | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court's decision that dismissed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the CIA, rulin...

Michael McAuliff

Obama Rebuffs Democrats On Drone-Kill Memos | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama rebuffed senators from his own party Tuesday when they sought greater transparency on drone strikes, arguing that...

Former Clinton Chief Of Staff Slams Obama On Drone Policy

The Washington Post | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration is wrong to withhold these documents from Congress and the American people. I say this as a former White House chief of staff...

The Drone Debate Upends DC's Right/Left Divide

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

It's become accepted wisdom that Washington has become pathologically polarized and partisan, with every new debate inevitably breaking down along party lines. That's why it was so remarkable last week when Rand Paul's old-fashioned talking filibuster scrambled the even more old-fashioned right-vs.-left way of looking at the world. The Paul-provoked debate on the confirmation of John Brennan to head the CIA in turn provoked a wider and critical debate about the use of drones -- a debate that needs to continue well beyond Brennan's confirmation. Since 2004, only 2 percent of those killed have been confirmed as militant leaders. From mid-2004 to mid-2012, between 474 and 881 civilians were killed in Pakistan. This includes 176 children. Last week's debate allowed Americans to put themselves in the position of those living under drones overseas -- imagining, even hypothetically, life under drones. And, not surprisingly, most of us didn't like it.

House Dems Press White House For More Info On Drone Program

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

House Democrats on Monday called for clarity surrounding President Barack Obama's use of unmanned drones, demanding the "full, unclassified release of...

Drones and Death: Desanitize Killing With a Presidential Signature

David Goodfriend | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
David Goodfriend

The president should have to sign a piece of paper to order death. A document that goes into the Presidential Papers stands as an accountable act for all of history.

LOOK: 12 Companies Cashing In On Drones

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business

The fierce debate over the use of drones has divided Washington in recent weeks. The U.S. military has used drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles as...

Maher On Drones: 'Some People Do Need Killing'

Posted 03.09.2013 | Comedy

On Friday's episode of "Real Time", Bill Maher gave Rand Paul credit for drawing attention to the U.S. drone program, but criticized him for perpetuat...

A Plague of Drones

Gary Hart | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

The drone is new and effective and, for the time being, we own it. But not for long. As with almost every new weapon, its use is outrunning the law, ethics, and morality required by civilization to govern its use.

Holder Tells Senate Committee Obama Will Speak on Drone Policy

Renee Parsons | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Renee Parsons

It is not every day that Republicans in the Senate give a good reason to applaud their legislative behavior but Holder's Committee appearance provided an opportunity for the already-controversial Sen. Ted Cruz to question the Attorney General on the administration's drone policy.

Senate Debates Brennan, Drone Policy

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

By Patricia Zengerle and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) - Kentucky Republican Rand Paul took the floor of the U.S. Senat...

Obama Administration Faces Ultimate Transparency Test | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama vowed that when it came to counterterrorism in his second term, he would be “even more tra...

Joshua Hersh

What Rand Paul Could Target Next | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director, he knew...

Ryan J. Reilly

White House To Provide Classified Info On Drones, Feinstein Says | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has agreed to provide the Senate Intelligence Committee access to all opinions authored by the Justice Departme...

Resorting to Booing

Sam Koppelman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Teen
Sam Koppelman

Unless somebody is harming me personally (yes, this includes the SAT), I refrain from booing. That said, in the last month, almost every time I have seen an arrogant politico talking on television, I have cupped my mouth with my hands and let out a booming "Booooo."

Will China Be As Secretive With Drones As The U.S.?

Posted 03.04.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

After the Obama administration's extensive use of the hotly debated drone program, other countries are following suit, particularly China. A 2012 ...

'So, You've Copped To Lying'

Posted 02.27.2013 | Comedy

Jon Stewart was understandably aghast on Tuesday's "Daily Show" at the glibness with which former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs, enjoying his cus...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama DOJ Won't Even Disclose Number Of Classified Memos | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just how many classified opinions has the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel issued since President Barack Obama took office f...

Drones and the End of Strategy

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Michael Brenner

Is the drone phenomenon yet another example of technical innovation driving changes in how we do things without a full and open debate of its consequences? The answer seems to be an unequivocal 'yes.'

Dan Rather: Obama Broke Major Promise

The Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 04.25.2013 | Media

Dan Rather joined HuffPost Live Friday and told host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin that while he thinks President Obama has been a "fairly good president," he ha...

The Distinguished Warfare Medal: A Sign of the Changing Times

Heather Roff | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Heather Roff

Leon Panetta recently announced the creation of the "the Distinguished Warfare Medal" to recognize outstanding achievements by unmanned aerial vehicle pilots. Yet how can one evaluate acts in war when the fighter is not on the battlefield and is in no physical danger?