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Obama Drones

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...

Send in the Drones (With Apologies to Stephen Sondheim)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

We are clearly in the early stages of the intervention sweepstakes. The initial moves may even be greeted as auspicious, but watch out for the long-run destabilizing effects in an already chaotic region. Washington only imagines it can control such combustible situations.

Matt Sledge

One Year After Obama's Big Drone Speech, Promises Left Unkept | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One year ago last Friday, President Barack Obama gave a major address on drones, targeted killing and terrorism. The president and admin...

Judicial Nominee Who Wrote Drone Memo Clears First Senate Hurdle

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a contentious federal appeals court nominee who helped develop the government's ...

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.

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...

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...

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.

U.S. Must Release Drone Killings Memo, Court Says

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government must publicly disclose in redacted form secret papers describing its legal justification for using drones to kil...

'He's Like Barry Bombs...'

Posted 02.20.2014 | Comedy

Jon Stewart took the Obama administration to task over drones once again on Wednesday, this time drawing parallels between the president's comments ab...

How the White House Became a Killing Machine

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Imagine this: a president and his top officials as self-professed assassins -- and proud of it, even attempting to gain political capital from it.

U.S. Curtails Drone Strikes In Pakistan: Report

Reuters | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) - The United States has cut back sharply on drone strikes in Pakistan after the Islamabad government asked for restraint...

U.S. Curtails Drone Strikes In Pakistan: Report

The Washington Post | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration has sharply curtailed drone strikes in Pakistan after a request from the government there for restraint as it pursues peace t...

The Toll Of 5 Years Of Drone Strikes

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

The U.S. drone program under President Barack Obama reached its fifth anniversary on Thursday having tallied up an estimated death toll of at least 2,...

5 Years Of Obama Drone Strikes Leave 2,400 Dead

The Bureau Of Investigative Journalism | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Five years ago, on January 23 2009, a CIA drone flattened a house in Pakistan’s tribal regions. It was the third day of Barack Obama’s presidency,...

A Drone Victim's Message to the United States

Yasmine Taeb | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
Yasmine Taeb

It is impossible to hear a story like Faisal's without concluding that the use of drones in targeted killing, far from making America safer, simply makes it much harder for us to win this "war."

Voices From the Drone Summit

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Marjorie Cohn

Nearly 400 people from many countries came together to gather information, protest, and develop strategies to end targeted killing by combat drones. I found the most compelling presentations to be first-hand accounts by those victimized by U.S. drone attacks, and a former military intelligence analyst who helped choose targets for drone strikes.

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.

Obama Reportedly Told Aides He's 'Really Good At Killing People'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

A new book on the 2012 presidential campaign claims that President Barack Obama told aides that he is "really good at killing people." According t...

Kate Sheppard

Peter King: Spying Is Great And Obama Should Stop Being Defensive About It | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the former chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, criticized President Barack Obama on Sunday for b...

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.

White House Defends Drone Strikes After New Report

AP | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it strongly disagrees with any assertions the U.S. violated international law by using drone strikes in Pakis...

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?