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Defending the Predators: The Argument for the Killer Drone

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Brian Glyn Williams

Wild claims by anti-drone activists dominate the conversation, since the CIA and military have an official policy of not commenting on drone strikes. Average U.S. citizens cannot talk to drone pilots to find out whom they are killing based on what intelligence and why. However, recently, at a conference on drones at Boston College, I got the extraordinary opportunity to do just that.

Obama Drone War 'Kill Chain' Brings War's Toll Home To U.S.

David Wood | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
David Wood

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- In the secretive U.S. war of armed drones, the kill chain runs through a highly classified, windowless brick building h...

This Veterans Day, Beware the Dangers of Robot War

William Astore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Astore

Technology is both overhyped and misunderstood in America, and that applies particularly to our enormous investment in military technology. This Veterans Day, we need to turn away from the false promise of robot weaponry.

The Drone Medal

William Astore | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics
William Astore

News that the Pentagon is considering a special "Distinguished Warfare Medal" for drone pilots tells us much about the American war-making moment. Leaving aside issues of bravery or courage of drone operators, let's consider the name of the medal, with its stress on "distinguished warfare."

The Grim Reaper

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The poison seeps slowly into the future. No one notices. "The Obama administration," the Wall Street Journal informs us, "plans to arm Italy's fleet...

Surprising Revelations Over Cost Of Drone War

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics

In the 11 years of America's post-9/11 wars, drones have emerged as a seemingly perfect weapon for fighting elusive enemies. Able to stay aloft for a ...

CIA Flew Stealth Drones Into Pakistan To Monitor Bin Laden House

The Washington Post | Greg Miller | Posted 07.17.2011 | World

The CIA employed sophisticated new stealth drone aircraft to fly dozens of secret missions deep into Pakistani airspace and monitor the compound where...

How Iran's "Ambassador of Death" Compares to Other Drones

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Keith Thomson

There are several other countries with drone systems comparable or superior to Iran's, notably France, Italy, and South Africa. With labels like "The Ambassador of Death", however, Iran's does have the scariest name.

New Iranian Nuclear Deterrent: Israeli Drone the Size of a 737

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Keith Thomson

Less than two weeks after Iran announced its highly enriched uranium plans, the Israeli Air Force staged a ceremony in honor of the "operational acceptance" of new Heron TP drone. It may be the last thing Iran wants hanging over its head.

Drone Porn: The Newest YouTube Hit

Keith Thomson | Posted 01.24.2014 | World
Keith Thomson

Ranging from relatively detached wide shots of bombings taken by onboard cameras to startlingly graphic close-ups, "drone porn" has become a smash hit, tallying over 10 million views.

Predator Drone Strikes Increasing, Carrying Out Operations For Pakistan

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama Administration has increased the scope of the U.S. government's two drone programs, writes Jane Mayer in an article in the New Yorker. "Acc...

Drone Attacks: Bombs in The Air Versus Boots on The Ground

Kalsoom Lakhani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kalsoom Lakhani

If the strategic costs outweigh the tactical benefits of using drones, why does the US continue to champion such a policy? The answer seems to be: because it is their best worst option.