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Pakistan Drone Attacks

Drones Are the Napalm of Our Crazy Time

Ethan Casey | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

The common element is death rained down from the sky, and drones take this a step further by leaving the inflictors of it safe back in the States.

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.

Rights Groups, Senate Demand Answers on Drones

Chris Rogers | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Chris Rogers

How many people have been killed and wounded as a result of drone strikes and how many civilians? What are the existing processes to prevent and mitigate harm to civilians?

U.S. Drone Strike Kills At Least 5 Pakistani Taliban

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.17.2013 | World

A US drone fired two missiles into a Taliban base in Pakistan on Wednesday, destroying the compound and killing at least five militants, local officia...

Who Owns the Drones?

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

It is nice to know that we won't use drone strikes on American soil. Perhaps some day we won't fly drones over countries with which we are not at war.

Why the Drone Medal Is Overvalued

John Bruhns | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
John Bruhns

The Distinguished Warfare Medal, also known as the "Drone Medal," is not so much political as much as it is incomprehensible to many combat veterans.

Brennan Exposed

Robert Greenwald | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

I'm sorry, Mr. Brennan, we can't have it both ways. What we're seeking is transparency of drone policies and to end the effects these policies have at home and abroad.

Courting Injustice: The 'Kill List' Proposal

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The constant that underlines discussion of extraordinary -- and unconstitutional -- methods to secure the United States against terrorist attack is the premise that a grave menace lurks out there. Yet there is no evidence that such is the case.

Drone PTSD

Jeff Danziger | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


CHANGE MY MIND: What Do You Think of Obama's Drone War?

Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

A Justice Department memo obtained this week by NBC News revealed that U.S. citizens who engage in terrorist activities anywhere are fair game for dro...

Obama's Legacy: Drone Wars

Bob Burnett | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

During his second term, President Obama may take action on vital domestic issues but he will also continue the war on terror with a bloated national security establishment and ferocious use of killer drones.

Drones: An Outlier In A Transparent Presidency

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Sarah Holewinski

Who is targeted, why, how and what civilian protection measures are put in place are unknown to anyone but a tight inner circle of policy makers -- an about-face for a president who pledged a transparent government in his first term. And Congress is following his lead.

The Truth About Obama's Drone Campaign: It's About Attrition, Not Decapitation

Alexander B. Downes | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Alexander B. Downes

Drone strikes are mostly killing low-level Pakistani militants, not al Qaeda leaders. This strategy is unlikely to cause the collapse of al Qaeda or even the Pakistani Taliban and may have counterproductive effects. Obama's second term may therefore require new thinking on drones.

David Wood

The Road Forward: Expanding Drone War Sparks Questions In New Obama Term | David Wood | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Without warning in the dead of night of Jan. 3, on a dirt road in a remote region of Pakistan, two missiles slammed into a double-cab pi...

The U.S. Drone War In Pakistan Is Back

Wired | SPENCER ACKERMAN | Posted 01.08.2013 | World

The sixth U.S. drone strike in Pakistan in 2013 has killed at least eight people, as if to announce the impending arrival at the CIA of the drone camp...

Radley Balko

Arrest Of Catholic Anti-War Protester Highlights Emergence, Tension With Church’s Progressive Side | Radley Balko | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

Anti-war activist Brian Terrell began serving a six-month sentence Friday at the federal prison camp in Yankton, South Dakota. Last April, Terrell and...

I Am Going to Pakistan Because Too Many Questions Remain About U.S. Drone Strikes

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.14.2013 | World
Robert Greenwald

I'm going to Pakistan to investigate what life is like for those living under drones. Critical questions must be asked. Do these drone strikes make the United States any safer, or are they a prime recruitment tool resulting in more militancy?

Five Specific Questions Journalists Should Ask About the Drone Strike Policy

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.26.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Although it was a great first step that Bob Schieffer even said the word "drone" and made Mitt Romney say it too, to let politicians merely answer the question at this level of abstraction -- "I support drone strikes, too" -- is to let them off the hook.

Tonight, Bob Schieffer Can Perform Real Journalism on Drone Strikes

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

One of the most fundamental tasks of journalism in a free society is to press the government to disgorge information. And nowhere is this task more important than when it comes to "national security."

"AfPak" Anniversary: 11 Years Gone, 128,000 Dead, Millions Displaced

Neta C. Crawford | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Neta C. Crawford

Our media focus on the U.S. and allied soldiers who continue to die in Afghanistan. Indeed, more than 2,000 U.S. soldiers, 1,000 NATO ISAF allied troops, and 1,250 U.S. contractors have been killed. But the picture is much worse for the Afghans and Pakistanis.

When a Drone Flies Over Waziristan, Does It Make a Sound?

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

"The U.S. missile-attacks destroy militant training compounds and cars but they also hit mosques, homes, religious schools and civilian vehicles. I witnessed the fear, stress and depression this causes for the tribal communities on a visit to the region in May."

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

WATCH: The Human Cost Of Drones | Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 10.01.2012 | World

When the mainstream media decides to cover the Obama administration's drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas and surrounding Muslim countries, they ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, as anti-American protests continued in Pakistan and across the Middle East, President Obama, speaking to the U.N. General Assembly, condemned as "crude and disgusting" the video being blamed for sparking the outrage throughout the Muslim world. As well he should. But he had nothing to say about something else "crude and disgusting": the drone attacks Pakistan's Foreign Minister fingered as the primary reason her country has become one of the most virulent anti-American countries in the world -- and which a new study, "Living Under Drones," labeled "damaging and counterproductive." Indeed, the Obama administration has defended its drone policy and argued that there is no "credible evidence" drone strikes have led to any civilian deaths -- a claim the study strongly refutes (putting the actual number between 474 and 881). Now, we may not have control over crazies making inflammatory videos, but we do have control over a misguided policy that is killing innocent people -- and fanning the flames of hatred.

Joshua Hersh

Pakistani Official: Drones Are Top Reason For Anti-Americanism | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.29.2012 | World

The foreign minister of Pakistan told a gathering in New York on Thursday evening that the top cause of anti-Americanism in her country is the U.S. ta...

Drone Strike May Have Killed Major Target

Reuters | Posted 10.25.2012 | World

By Michael Georgy ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug 25 (Reuters) - A CIA drone strike in Pakistan may have killed the operational commander of ...