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Drone Attacks

Anti-Taliban Offensive Kills Dozens Of Militants In Pakistan

Reuters | Jibran Ahmad | Posted 07.16.2014 | 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...

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.

'Bride and Boom!'

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Tom Engelhardt

You have to imagine that line in giant letters with a monstrous exclamation point covering most of the bottom third of the front page of theNew York Post. The reference was to a caravan of vehicles on its way to or from a wedding in Yemen that was eviscerated, evidently by a U.S. drone via one of those "surgical" strikes of which Washington is so proud.

Amazon Drones: Orwellian Mayhem?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 02.14.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled his grand vision for drone attacks on our porches and personal spaces. From a warehouse to your front door, goods delivered in record time with minimal hassle. What could possibly go wrong with that? Pretty much everything and here's why.

International Law Ignored: Pakistan at Risk

Neda Najibi | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Neda Najibi

In the wake of the most recent attack, US drone policy has spiraled downward in a vicious circle that only a marked change in US policy can stop, a leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Party charges.

The Victims of Drones Take on Washington, D.C.

Medea Benjamin | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Medea Benjamin

As Predator drones are forced out into the light of day, the veneer about their pinpoint precision and effectiveness in fighting terrorism is being peeled away. What gets exposed is the innocent lives destroyed and the blowback that keeps us in a state of perpetual war.

The Killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, Or Why Liberals Should Support Obama's Drone War on the Taliban

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

Far from seeing the drones as "indiscriminate killers" that are carpet bombing Pakistani cities and hunting innocent civilians, they seem to know that they are perhaps the best "worst option" in the campaign against fanatical terrorists like Hakimullah Mehsud who have deliberately killed thousands of civilians in Pakistan, Afghanistan and here in the U.S... and are hell-bent on killing more.

A Fresh Start For U.S.-Pakistani Relations?

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 12.23.2013 | World
Ronak D. Desai

As President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meet in Washington today, American officials have struck a positive tone ahead of their talks.

U.S. Drone Strike Kills 16 Militants In Pakistan

AP | RASOOL DAWAR | Posted 09.01.2013 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Unmanned U.S. aircraft fired four missiles at a house in northwest Pakistan before dawn Wednesday, killing 16 suspected mil...

The Duty of Lawyers

Ralph Nader | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The million-plus practicing lawyers and their many bar organizations should be on the ramparts defending against the insidious rejection of due process, probable cause, habeas corpus and privacy.

Newly Elected PM Calls For U.S. To End Drone Attacks In Pakistan

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 08.05.2013 | World

ISLAMABAD — As he stepped into the prime minister's job for the third time Wednesday, Nawaz Sharif vowed to improve Pakistan's limping economy a...

David Wood

Drone Man: A Candid, Chilling Conversation With Our Top Drone Pilot

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics

He always watches for the kids. Peering through cameras and sensors from his computer station thousands of miles away, he absorbs the details of da...

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...

Lawyer: U.S. Using Drone Strikes To Avoid Sending Prisoners To Gitmo

The Guardian | Dan Roberts | Posted 05.02.2013 | World

The lawyer who first drew up White House policy on lethal drone strikes has accused the Obama administration of overusing them because of its reluctan...

'High Demand' Pilots Trained To Carry Out Controversial Obama Policy

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics

(Repeats to widen distribution) By Tabassum Zakaria HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., April 23 (Reuters) - The tide of war...

Overseas Drone Attacks Test Constitution's Precepts

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
The University of Central Florida Forum

There are at least three related issues here. Are drone attacks both legal and constitutional? Secondly, do they meet the moral standards that one would expect of American foreign policy? And thirdly, is the expanded use of drones advisable in a policy sense?

Drones: What Are We Doing to Ourselves?

Ethan Casey | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

I don't have much to say about drones that isn't being said, except that -- as my late grandmother, may she rest in peace, would have put it -- they're just plain wrong.

Emily Swanson

Poll Reveals What Americans Think Of Drones

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics

A majority of Americans support using drones to kill high-level terrorism suspects overseas, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. But support drop...

Obama And The Drone Awakening

BuzzFeed | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

The release of Justice Department documents is an exercise in “CYA.” “It's not clear that they have fully obeyed their own guidelines.”...

Drone PTSD

Jeff Danziger | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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CHANGE MY MIND: What Do You Think of Obama's Drone War?

David Frum | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics
David Frum

2013-02-07-120130_drone_605_ap.jpgAre American citizens engaged in terrorist activities fair game for drones?

Aaron Swartz and the Questions That None Dare Ask Obama

Will Bunch | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Will Bunch

Swartz's persecution can't be passed off as an isolated incident. Instead, it feels more like the exclamation point on an administration whose commitment to maintaining secrecy, blocking transparency, limiting the flow of information and squelching dissent has been both unexpected and shocking.

John Brennan vs. a Sixteen-Year-Old

Medea Benjamin | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Remember how the American public was assured that the prisoners locked up in Guantanamo were the "worst of the worst," only to find out that hundreds were innocent people who had been sold to the US military by bounty hunters?

The U.S. Drone War In Pakistan Is Back

Wired | SPENCER ACKERMAN | Posted 01.08.2013 | World

The sixth U.S. drone strike in Pakistan in 2013 has killed at least eight people, as if to announce the impending arrival at the CIA of the drone camp...

Obama: Stop Killing Innocents, Period

Jack Healey | Posted 02.18.2013 | World
Jack Healey

For innocents caught in Obama's drone wars, "disappearances" come from thousands of miles in the air. The practice also brings to mind another human rights term -- "extrajudicial killings." We don't have a new word for talking about the drones, but maybe we should.