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Report Details Expansion Of U.S. Drone Operations In Africa

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics

A new report details the United States' expanded effort to fight the terrorist group Boko Haram in Central Africa, affirming an Obama administration c...

Cruising the Skies of the Greater Middle East Blasting Away at Civilians

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.20.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

To this day, it remains difficult to take in the degree to which the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq destabilized the Greater Middle East. Those two invasions also loosed another deeply destabilizing phenomenon: 24/7 counterinsurgency from the air.

North Dakota Legalizes Weaponized Police Drones

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 09.04.2016 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

New TMFS sketch comedy on how it is now legal in the state of North Dakota to arm police drones with non-lethal weapons, like tasers, tear gas, rubber bullets.

Assassination, American-Style

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

No one can claim that plotting assassination is new to Washington or that, in the past, American leaders and the CIA didn't aim high. The difference was that, in those days, the idea of assassinating a foreign leader, or anyone abroad, had a certain element of the taboo attached to it.

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.

Ali Watkins

CIA Killing Of Al-Qaeda Hostages Boosts Critics Of Drone Strikes | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thursday’s news of a botched CIA drone operation in January that killed two Western al-Qaeda hostages is threatening to reignite debat...

U.S. Says It Lost Contact With Unarmed Drone Over Syria

Reuters | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) - The United States lost contact with an unarmed Predator drone over Syria on Tuesday, U.S. officials said, stop...

Drone Addiction on the Border

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Predator drones, tested out in this country's distant war zones, have played an increasingly prominent role in the up-armoring of the U.S.-Mexican border.

A Future in Prison

Kathy Kelly | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

During recent visits with concerned communities focused on drone warfare, many have helped me see a connection between the drone killings across Central Asia and the Middle East and the casual executions and incarceration of young black males in our own country.

U.S. Confirms Drone Strike Killed Al-Shabaab Leader In Somalia

Reuters | Posted 12.31.2014 | World

WASHINGTON, Dec 31 (Reuters) - An air strike by an unmanned U.S. aircraft over Somalia this week killed Tahliil Abdishakur, the chief of the al Shabaa...

b condoms Seeking FAA Permission to Test Drones for 'Homeland Security Program'

Jason Panda | Posted 12.05.2014 | Impact
Jason Panda

b condoms feels that the Homeland Security Program could also address the rate of unwanted teenage pregnancies in rural areas; teen girls living in rural counties account for 20% of teen births, although they only account for 16% of the population.

John Oliver On Drones: We've Made Blue Sky 'Completely Fucking Terrifying'

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 09.29.2014 | Comedy

If Barack Obama is concerned about the legacy of his presidency, he might want to take a look at Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight." Early in...

Anti-Taliban Offensive Kills Dozens Of Militants In Pakistan

Reuters | Jibran Ahmad | Posted 09.14.2014 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, July 16 (Reuters) - The Pakistani military said its jets killed 35 suspected militants on Wednesday as part of an anti-Taliban o...

The Errant Drone and Other Tales

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

It had been an exciting spring for the drones. Notwithstanding ongoing reports of civilians in Pakistan and other countries being accidentally killed by drones, there was some good news.

U.S. Flies Armed Drones Over Iraq

Posted 06.27.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has started flying armed drones over Baghdad to protect U.S. civilians and military forces in the Iraqi capital, a Pentag...

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.

US Drone Strike In Pakistan Kills 3 Suspected Insurgents

Agence France Presse | | Posted 12.30.2013 | World

A US drone strike targeting a militant compound Thursday killed three insurgents in a northwest Pakistan tribal region near the Afghan border, officia...

Get Ready for the Invasion of the 'Civilian-Owned Drone"'

Adam Banner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

It seems somewhat sinister that any private citizen could use an unmanned aerial vehicle for no legitimate purpose. We already have the government spying on us. Do we need our neighbors stalking us as well?

Yemen Wants Its Own Drones

Reuters | Posted 10.22.2013 | World

By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Yemen has asked the United States to supply it with drones, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour ...

Does the U.S. Pay Families When Drones Kill Innocent Yemenis?

ProPublica | Cora Currier | Posted 08.13.2013 | World

There have been nine drone strikes reported in Yemen in the past two weeks – an uptick apparently connected to the Al Qaeda threat that shut down U....

10 Ways to Reduce the Threat of Terrorist Attacks on Americans

Medea Benjamin | Posted 10.06.2013 | World
Medea Benjamin

If the U.S. wants help and sympathy in rooting out would-be attackers, it has to show the world it will stop using extrajudicial assassinations and start adhering to international law.

Trayvon Martin's Global Significance, America and the Drone

Jack Healey | Posted 09.24.2013 | World
Jack Healey

The gun of Zimmerman must go. The drones of the American administration must go. Innocents with music in their ears and fun in their hearts must be protected.

Act Two of US Drone Policy Reform

Yaron Schwartz | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Yaron Schwartz

The Obama administration recently lifted its veil of secrecy about its drone usage by providing a substantial amount of information for the first time to a public audience about the program.

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.

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.