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Drone Strikes

Dead Is Dead: Drone-Killing the Fifth Amendment

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Looking back on the violations of justice that characterized British rule in pre-Constitutional America, it is easy to see the Founders' intent in creating the Fifth Amendment. A government's ability to inflict harm on its people, whether by taking their lives, imprisoning them, or confiscating their property, was to be checked by due process.

Rethinking the Fourth of July

Bill Bigelow | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

The Fourth of July's yahoo of fireworks turns an immensely complicated time in U.S. history into a cartoon of miseducation. There is a lot that complicates the events surrounding the Fourth of July and the Revolutionary War.

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...

U.S. Seeks Redactions In Drone Strike Memo Ruling

AP | By LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government, citing possible "exceptionally grave harm to national security," told a federal appeals court it wants to give ...

The VA Scandal Proves We Need Four More Years of Obama

Brian Joyce | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Brian Joyce

With all due respect to Sen. McCain, I have a different take on this. I, too, am outraged by the lack of care that many of our veterans have received, but I'm not at all bewildered by it. In fact, I saw it coming for years.

CIA Winds Down Drone Strike Program In Pakistan

AP | KEN DILANIAN | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA's targeted killing program in Pakistan, once the mainstay of President Barack Obama's counterterrorism effort, is winding ...

My Conversation With Sen. Rand Paul Following Today's Filibuster Over U.S. Drone Strikes

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

I'm joined tonight on PBS by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Paul discusses his filibuster earlier today on the Senate floor outlining his opposition to the president's nomination of David Barron to the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Standing Up, One Year Later: President Obama's Broken Foreign Policy Promises

Medea Benjamin | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

The military hammer the US government has been using against terrorist suspects for over 12 years has not succeeded in eliminating al-Qaeda; it has helped spawn a resurgence of terrorist groups across war-torn Middle East and now into Africa.

Killer Robots -- Who Is in Charge?

Michael Møller | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Michael Møller

Are new and coming military technologies in line with current international humanitarian and human rights law?

Obama Administration To Reveal Justification For Drone Strikes On U.S. Citizens

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of a critical Senate vote and under court order, the Obama administration signaled it will publicly reveal a secret mem...

Does the Obama Administration Care About Innocents Killed by Drones?

Jeff Bachman | Posted 07.16.2014 | College
Jeff Bachman

How many innocent people will the Obama administration kill before it comes clean on who these people are and why they were taken from their families, their friends, and their communities?

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.

The Three Faces of Drone War

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Pratap Chatterjee

Enemies, innocent victims, and soldiers have always made up the three faces of war. With war growing more distant, two of those faces have, however, faded into the background in recent years.

White House Offers To Show Senators Secret Drone Memo

AP | By NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoping to head off another confirmation battle, the White House said Tuesday that it will allow senators to review a secret paper ...

Senators Drop Demand For Public Drone Death Tallies

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators have dropped a demand for a public declaration of how many civilians the United States kills in CIA drone strikes each ye...

Distinguishing Between Can and Should: What a Superpower Should Be Able to Do

Carla Seaquist | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

The world's superpower could devise better ways---by considering the ethical import of our actions, not just our capabilities. To save ourselves, and set an example for the world, we must. Will we? Can we?

United States Accelerates a Counterproductive Drone War in Yemen

Ivan Eland | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

The drone war confirms what most experts on counterinsurgency have concluded: killing your way out of such situations rarely works and often creates more enemies to fight.

Yemen Drone Strike Kills Suspected Al Qaeda Militants

AP | By AHMED AL-HAJ | Posted 06.18.2014 | World

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed at least nine suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians Saturday, authoritie...

Death From Above: How American Drone Strikes Are Devastating Yemen

Rolling Stone | Vivian Salama | Posted 04.14.2014 | World

The people of Yemen can hear destruction before it arrives. In cities, towns and villages across this country, which hangs off the southern end of the...

Pass the Drone Strike Transparency Act

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, we all believe that government should be transparent and accountable, right? How should we decide where we stand on a controversial government policy? A crucial first step is to try to establish key facts in the public record.

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.

A Giant Portrait Of A Pakistani Child Is Putting A Face To U.S. Drone Strikes

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 04.08.2014 | World

By giving a face to the victims of drone strikes abroad, a powerful new art project is forcing U.S. drone pilots and policy makers to ponder the deadl...

What's in a Name? Captain America: The Winter Soldier

William Bradley | Posted 05.30.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Reviewers are wondering about the film's title, pointing out that the titular 'Winter Soldier' doesn't figure as prominently as the title might suggest. Au contraire. I'll explain what the 'Winter Soldier' of the title really means.

Come Clean on Deadly Drone Activities

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

It's time for our government to shed some light on its drone practices. Transparency, as uncomfortable as it may sometimes be, is an essential part of our democracy. Americans need the facts -- the who, what, when, where, and (most importantly) why -- in order to decide if the benefits of these strikes outweigh the negatives.

Obama: Good Talk, Loose Talk in Summiteering on Loose Nukes, Uptight Russia, the Asia-Pacific Pivot, and America's Problematic Image

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's one thing to acknowledge, as Obama did from the beginning, that his goal of nuclear abolition was very blue sky, something that would not be accomplished in his lifetime. Frankly, I'd bet that it never happens. That it seems unrealistic does not mean that it is not a righteous goal.