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Predator Drones

Ex-CIA Official: Drone Attacks Create Terrorist Safe Havens

The Guardian | Paul Harris | Posted 06.06.2012 | World

A former top terrorism official at the CIA has warned that President Barack Obama's controversial drone program is far too indiscriminate in hitting t...

The War Drones On...

Randall Amster | Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics
Randall Amster

Drones are all the rage these days, and not in a good way. The increasing toll taken by these robotic executioners is beginning to register with the p...

Praying at the Church of St. Drone

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Be assured of one thing: whichever candidate you choose at the polls in November, you aren't just electing a president of the United States; you are also electing an assassin-in-chief.

A Drone-Eat-Drone World

Nick Turse | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Nick Turse

When the first Terminator movie was released in 1984, its HKs seemed as futuristic as its time-traveling cyborg title-character. Nearly three decades later, we're living in an age in which armed robots do regularly surveil, track, and kill people.

Jason Linkins

Concerned Citizens Petition President To Not Kill Them With Drones | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics

On Tuesday, The New York Times published a lengthy article on the process by which the Obama White House decides whom to dispatch from this earth with robot drones. There's a couple of things worth noting upfront. First, given the access the Times was accorded to write this story, it's pretty much a certainty that the White House is happy with the finished product. Second... wow, is there ever some cause for concern! Just check out the way the it defines "militants" for the purpose of after-action review of these drone strikes: "... Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties that did little to box him in. It in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants... unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent."

Fingerprinting Of Immigrants Stirs Privacy Debate

Posted 06.07.2012 | Latino Voices

Police officers have drastically increased their use of fingerprinting technologies to track immigrants and non-criminals, according to a new report. ...

The Golden Age of Special Operations

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Andrew Bacevich

When it comes to military policy, the Obama administration's success in shutting down wars conducted in plain sight tells only half the story, and the lesser half at that.

Andrea Stone

DHS Seeks To 'Accelerate' Use Of Drones By Police | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security has launched a program to "facilitate and accelerate the adoption" of small, unmanned drones by poli...

America as a Shining Drone Upon a Hill

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.14.2012 | World
Tom Engelhardt

We have, in short, established a remarkably expansive set of drone-war rules for the global future. Naturally, we trust ourselves with such rules, but there is a fly in the ointment, even as the droniacs see it.

The Peace Prize War President

David Bromwich | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
David Bromwich

In his campaign to win the election as a war president, Barack Obama flatters the worst vices of chauvinism and panders to the most vulgar and brutal idea of the qualities that define a leader and the actions that ennoble a country. No alchemy of eloquence can atone for the confession of moral surrender involved in such a boast.

Border Patrol Uses More Drones For Surveillance

The Huffington Post | Cristina Costantini | Posted 05.01.2012 | Latino Voices

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is ramping up its use of fancy technology to monitor the nation's borders again -- this time by ...

Despite High Costs, Predator Drones Disappoint | Posted 04.29.2012 | World

The nine unmanned aircraft are expensive to operate but their results are unimpressive, critics say. But one official says the criticism is shortsight...

Could We Stop 'Signature' Drone Strikes in Yemen and Pakistan?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.27.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

The U.S. government has been increasingly carrying out drone strikes in countries with which America is not at war, and killing people with drone strikes who have no dispute with the United States.

White House Approves Expansion Of Drone Campaign In Yemen

The Washington Post | Greg Miller | Posted 04.26.2012 | World

The United States has begun launching drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen under new authority approved by President Obama tha...

U.S. Drone Strike Kills 4 Suspected Militants In Pakistan

Reuters | Posted 05.29.2012 | World

(Adds quote from intelligence official) MIRANSHAH, Pakistan, March 30 (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike killed four suspected militants ...

America as Constitutional Republic: When Can the President Kill?

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Doug Bandow

What should be done if there are no obvious battlefields and no certain combatants? Should propagandists be treated as fighters? Are any procedural protections required before a U.S. citizen can be killed?

Remotely Piloted War

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.24.2012 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Think about it: What does a drone do? Like a modern car factory, it replaces a pilot, a skilled job that takes significant training, with robotics and a degraded version of the same job outsourced elsewhere.

Drone Attacks: When War Machines Work, and When They Don't

Todd Brewster | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
Todd Brewster

New forms of weaponry give us a technical advantage that may be unbeatable on the battlefield, but even with such superiority the mission -- achieving a durable peace and a political result -- may remain elusive.

How Drones Challenge Our Political System

Ken Allen | Posted 04.14.2012 | Technology
Ken Allen

The use of drones for military purposes is accelerating rapidly. To better understand the problems raised by drones, it is essential to set them within the context of the broader crisis our political system faces today.

Offshore Everywhere

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

War has always been the most human and inhuman of activities. Now, it seems, its inhuman aspect is quite literally on the rise. With the U.S. military working to roboticize the future battlefield, the American way of war is destined to be imbued with Terminator-style terror.

The Crash and Burn Future of Robot Warfare

Nick Turse | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics
Nick Turse

Over the last decade, a more-is-better mentality has led to increased numbers of drones. Drones may be effective in terms of generating body counts, but they appear to be even more successful in generating animosity and creating enemies.

The Drone That Fell From the Sky

Nick Turse | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Nick Turse

The recent losses of the Pentagon's robot Sentinel in Iran, the Reaper in the Seychelles, and the Predator in Kandahar offer a window into a future in which the global skies will be filled with drones that may prove far less wondrous than Americans have been led to believe.

Who Then Shall Mourn Our Drones?

Michael Vlahos | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Michael Vlahos

Years' hence our robots and our new "volunteers," may become our nation's representative in battle. So years' hence, when we come around to future Veterans Days, will we commemorate those American robots whose heroic termination was made for us?

CIA Drones Gone Wild?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The costs and benefits -- and the legality -- of the U.S. drone program remain unclear. It highlights the need for the Obama administration to lay out what exactly is its "secret" drone policy.

U.S. Drone Killed American Troops After String Of Missteps | Posted 01.06.2012 | World

Though no dereliction of duty was found, a Pentagon investigation raised troubling questions: Among them: Was the Predator missile fired too quickly?...