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Assassination, American-Style

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.28.2015 | 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 04.28.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

U.S. Drone Goes Down Over Syria, Regime Claims Responsibility

AP | Posted 05.17.2015 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media said the country's air defenses shot down a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft Tuesday in a northwestern provinc...

U.S. To Allow Export Of Armed Military Drones

AP | MATTHEW LEE and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is amending its regulations for weapons sales to allow the export of armed military drones to friendly na...

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...

U.S. Drone Attacks Iraq Militant Mortar Position

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials say an armed American drone has attacked and destroyed a mortar position of Islamic militants in northern ...

US Drone Strike In Pakistan Kills 11

AP | RIAZ KHAN | Posted 07.19.2014 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A U.S. drone fired several missiles at a sprawling compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan...

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...

Yemen Security: U.S. Drone Strike Kills Qaida Leader

AP | AHMED AL-HAJ | Posted 06.14.2014 | World

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone in Yemen's south targeted a car carrying al-Qaida militants Saturday, killing all five passengers, Yemeni...

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.

U.S. Lags As Commercial Drones Take Off Around Globe

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small, four-rotor drone hovered over Washington Nationals players for a few days during spring training in Florida last month, t...

Drone Access To U.S. Skies Faces Big Hurdles

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are acknowledging widespread drone access to U.S. skies faces significant hurdles and will ta...

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...

UN Calls On U.S. To Reveal Civilian Casualties Of Drone Strikes

AP | SEBASTIAN ABBOT | Posted 10.18.2013 | World

ISLAMABAD -- ISLAMABAD (AP) — A U.N. expert on Friday called on the United States to reveal the number of civilians it believes have been killed by ...

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 dow...