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Drone Strikes

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.

Drone Pilot: 'Did We Just Kill A Kid?' | Posted 12.17.2012 | World

For more than five years, Brandon Bryant worked in an oblong, windowless container about the size of a trailer, where the air-conditioning was kept at...

Joshua Hersh

Lawmakers Vent Frustration Over Drone Strike Secrecy | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A rare congressional hearing into the use of unmanned drones for targeted killings drew bipartisan agreement over the White House's lack...

Pentagon's Top Lawyer Resigns

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's top lawyer has resigned and says he will return to private practice. Jeh (jay) Johnson is stepping down at the end ...

U.S. Drone Strikes Are Causing Child Casualties

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

The impact of America's drone war in the likes of Pakistan and Yemen will linger on, especially for the loved ones of the 178 children killed in those countries by U.S. drone strikes.

A Reformist Strategy to Downsize the Drone Strike Policy

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.26.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

I don't think anyone will argue with me if I say that for the last ten years Congress has done very little about drone policy.

Morning Links: UN vs. Legal Pot, Georgia Can't Fire Bad Cops, Puppycide in Colorado

Radley Balko | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

-- In Kentucky, a year in jail for not believing in God. -- The United Nations wants the Obama administration to boot the boot down on Colorado and W...

Obama's CIA Pick Could Affect Drone Program

The Washington Post | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

President Obama began his first term with a dramatic change of course for the CIA, issuing orders on his second day in office to close the agency's se...

Mr. President: How Do You Define Precise?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.18.2013 | World
Robert Greenwald

Currently in Pakistan filming with victims of drone attacks, I have never had a more haunting and harrowing experience than looking into the eyes of person after person, and hearing them talk about their homes, villages and families destroyed by drone attacks.

I Am Going to Pakistan Because Too Many Questions Remain About U.S. Drone Strikes

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.14.2013 | World
Robert Greenwald

I'm going to Pakistan to investigate what life is like for those living under drones. Critical questions must be asked. Do these drone strikes make the United States any safer, or are they a prime recruitment tool resulting in more militancy?

Dennis Kucinich Calls On Apple To Stop Blocking Drone App

The Huffington Post | Daniel Lippman | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics

One of Congress' most outspoken anti-war members, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), is calling on Apple to stop blocking a drone-strike tracking app and ...

Why Drones Stayed Out Of Sight In The 2012 Campaign

Bloomberg | Ramesh Ponnuru | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics

“Homeland,” Showtime’s series about an al-Qaeda sleeper agent in Congress, is both implausible and addictive. President Barack Obama is a fan. T...

Candidates Agree: Imperial Presidency Is A-OK

Paul Tullis | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Paul Tullis

How many Obama supporters in 2008 would have believed he'd expand drone strikes and military tribunals for terrorist suspects, or continue warrantless wiretapping? People will use every inch of leeway if the law provides it.

Ryan Grim

Teen Killed In U.S. Drone Strike Should Have 'More Responsible Father,' Obama Campaign Official Says | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A 16-year-old American boy killed in an Obama administration drone strike "should have [had] a far more responsible father," Obama campa...

The Debates and Our Lonely Constitution

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

Six hours of election debates are now over. Six hours of national discourse fundamental to our democracy, yet our Constitution was mentioned only once -- by Mitt Romney. Our Constitution deserves more, and so do the voters.

Solutions Worth Debating

Ralph Nader | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Should the candidates care to consider and debate real solutions, they need not work too hard. The country is full of them -- applied here and there or ready on the shelf.

Tonight, Bob Schieffer Can Perform Real Journalism on Drone Strikes

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

One of the most fundamental tasks of journalism in a free society is to press the government to disgorge information. And nowhere is this task more important than when it comes to "national security."

Officials: U.S. Drone Strike Kills 4 Suspected Militants In Yemen

AP | AHMED AL-HAJ | Posted 12.21.2012 | World

SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni security officials say an airstrike targeting a vehicle traveling through the country's east has killed at least four susp...

Drone Strikes Kill 7 Militants In Yemen

AP | AHMED AL-HAJ | Posted 12.17.2012 | World

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Suspected U.S. drone strikes killed at least seven al-Qaida-linked militants in southern Yemen on Thursday, Yemeni security offi...

Study: Media Reporting On Drone Strikes Often Unreliable

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.15.2012 | Media

A new report from Columbia University charges that media reports about drone strikes in Pakistan are hampered by multiple flaws. The report, from t...

Drone Strike Kill 16 Militants In Pakistan

AP | HUSSAIN AFZAL | Posted 12.11.2012 | World

PARACHINAR, Pakistan — U.S. drones fired four missiles at a compound of a Pakistani militant commander in a northwestern tribal region on Thursd...

Suspected U.S. Missile Strike Kills 5 In Pakistan

AP | RASOOL DAWAR | Posted 12.09.2012 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed five people in a northwestern militant hav...

Americans Press U.S. Ambassador for End to Drone Strikes in Pakistan, and the Ambassador Responds

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.05.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

On Wednesday, as a member of a U.S. peace delegation to Pakistan organized by Code Pink, I delivered a petition from more than 3,000 Americans to Acting U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Hoagland calling for an end to the CIA drone strike policy in Pakistan.

Loving Drones

Peter Mehlman | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Peter Mehlman

Did you know drones can hover over a target for 40 hours before refueling? Incredible! It's like a Prius you don't have to be seen driving. Only with wings. And Hellfire missiles.

Why I'm Going to Pakistan: Under Scrutiny, the Drone Strike Policy Will Fall

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Most Democrats want to get U.S. troops the hell out of Afghanistan (outside of Official Washington, most Republicans agree.) But, the story goes, these Democrats have to have an "alternative," and the "alternative" is drone strikes.