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Targeted Killings

White Silence Equals Violence: Awaiting A Verdict

Kathy Kelly | Posted 01.26.2017 | Crime
Kathy Kelly

Photo Credit: Tony Webster, Wikipedia Commons January 25, 2017 This morning, here in Minneapolis, six jurors decided beyond a reasonable doubt that I...

The First Casualty of War Is the Truth

Shiri Krebs | Posted 04.07.2017 | World
Shiri Krebs

The scenario is as unrealistic as the torture 'ticking time bomb' scenario. Typically, targeted killing operations do not target suspected terrorists who wear explosives and are ready to bomb a shopping mall.

Who Is the U.S. Killing With Drones?

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 03.12.2017 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

As the news broke on March 7, 2016, that U.S. drone strikes had killed 150 people in Somalia, the White House announced it will reveal, for the first time, the number of people killed by drones and manned airstrikes "outside areas of active hostilities" since 2009. This is a critical first step toward much-needed transparency. But it will not go far enough.

Why People of Faith Oppose Drones

Jim Winkler | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
Jim Winkler

More than anything else, drone strikes actively work against the potential for just, lasting peace. The kind of peace that involves political stability, economic opportunity, and restorative justice is impossible to reconcile with global, endless drone wars.

Legality of Drone Warfare or Illegality of Drone Assassination? Let a Real Debate Begin!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.04.2016 | World
Coleen Rowley

Law professor Harold Koh, a former Yale Law School Dean and former Legal Adviser to Hillary Clinton's State Department, hired by NYU to teach human ri...

Legality of Drone Warfare or Illegality of Drone Assassination? Let a Real Debate Begin!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

To stand the test of time regardless of evolving technology, international law must "work" from all participants' standpoints, not just those nations which view themselves as most militarily powerful at the moment.

Challenging American Exceptionalism

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

American exceptionalism reflects the belief that Americans are somehow better than everyone else. This view reared its head after the 2013 leak of a Department of Justice White Paper that describes circumstances under which the President can order the targeted killing of U.S. citizens.

Jason Linkins

A Drone Program That Has Killed Hundreds Of Civilians Finally Killed Some That The White House Regrets | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

This morning, the White House disclosed that a January 2015 drone strike, conducted in Pakistan by the CIA with the intention of taking out an al Qaed...

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.

Commander Behind Bin Laden Killing: FBI/DHS Wasting Time Tracking Environmentalists

Steve Horn | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogDave Cooper, Command Master Chief SEAL (Retired) for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), has authored a ...

Drone Wars Coming to a Theater Near You

C. Dixon Osburn | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
C. Dixon Osburn

Perhaps the billion dollar question is whether allowing all countries to hold armed drones increases the likelihood of war or détente. A serious conversation about drones needs to start -- now.

Killer Drones in a Downward Spiral?

Medea Benjamin | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Illegal U.S. drone strikes continue (the Long War Journal says there have been eight drones strikes in Yemen so far this year), but efforts to curb the use of killer drones have made remarkable headway this year.

Matt Sledge

New Bill Would Force Obama Administration To Count Drone Deaths | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

Drone strikes under President Barack Obama have killed an estimated 2,400 people -- but there has never been an official count. That would change unde...

Pentagon Top Brass Should Explain How This War Will End

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama was right when he said "democracy demands" that all wars must end. Last month, he reaffirmed he wants to move America "off a permanent war footing" in his State of the Union address. Now is the time for senior Pentagon officials to explain the steps they'll take to get us there.

Drone Warriors

Carl Pettit | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Carl Pettit

Drones have their place, and in future wars might even become instrumental in massive assaults on enemy positions. Even so, a measured use of this technology should be the guiding rule by which a democracy abides.

Voices From the Drone Summit

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Marjorie Cohn

Nearly 400 people from many countries came together to gather information, protest, and develop strategies to end targeted killing by combat drones. I found the most compelling presentations to be first-hand accounts by those victimized by U.S. drone attacks, and a former military intelligence analyst who helped choose targets for drone strikes.

Between a Drone and Al-Qaeda

Human Rights Watch | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Human Rights Watch

Two of the attacks killed civilians indiscriminately in clear violation of the laws of war; the others may have targeted people who were not legitimate military objectives or caused disproportionate civilian deaths.

Spectator Wars

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We will never get to the business of choosing a peaceful future until we declare war obsolete, and that will never happen until we are able to look squarely at what we ourselves have done as a nation over the years, and what we're doing right now.

Former Drone Operator Recalls Watching His Target 'Bleed Out'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

For more than five years, Brandon Bryant worked for the Air Force, helping to operate some of the most controversial vehicles in the world. In an inte...

Mike Hogan

New Film Looks At Where Obama Failed | Mike Hogan | Posted 06.06.2013 | Entertainment

Jeremy Scahill's new documentary, "Dirty Wars," is a cinematic chronicle of one journalist's investigation into America's secret global campaign of ta...

Drones and Rumsfeld's Question

James Zogby | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics
James Zogby

The experts can boast of the drone's efficiency and speak casually of "limited collateral damage," but for the populations at the point of impact, every innocent killed is a victim with family and friends, and even the successful strikes create a widespread sense of terror and resentment.

What Hockey Teaches Us About Drones

Matthew Hoh | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

War and violence are fool's options. It is well past time Americans accept this truth and incorporate it not just into our policies and culture, but also into our national soul.

Preston Maddock

Faith-Based Groups Criticize Obama's Drone Killings | Preston Maddock | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

Faith-based organizations sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, questioning the morality of the administration's drone program. "The ...

How Does Bloomberg Feel About Drones?

Posted 03.22.2013 | New York

During his weekly radio show appearance on Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg acknowledged the privacy concerns surrounding domestic drones but deemed th...

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...