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The Morality of Drones

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

It appears we will be engaged in the terrorist war for a long time, and drones are a useful weapon. But we cannot win wars from the air, and we need to keep in mind -- we need to seriously consider -- the consequences of using drones. Every bit of "collateral damage" we inflict creates deep-seated bitterness against us that will linger long after the fighting abates.

John Oliver And Bill O'Reilly: A Study In Two Very Different Views Of Obama

Bob Cesca | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

One of these guys is very wrong, and neither one delivered any real context to their analyses. Each view is a kind of cartoony boardwalk caricature of the president, rather than an accurate portrayal of the real-life leader.

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...

'I Like Jesus -- It's His Followers I Can't Stand'

Derek Penwell | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

There's a growing dissatisfaction with the traditional view of the church among emerging generations. This dissatisfaction has any number of causes, which the disaffected would name as anti-institutionalism, hypocrisy, judgmentalism, etc. But there's one area of vexation that always seems to come up: the Jesus Gap.

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.

GOP Candidate 'Shoots Down' A Drone In New Ad

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

Congressional candidate and Montana state Sen. Matt Rosendale (R) makes a point about federal government intrusion by seemingly firing a shot at a dro...

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...

Drone Warriors

Carl Pettit | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Carl Pettit

Drones have their place, and in future wars might even become instrumental in massive assaults on enemy positions. Even so, a measured use of this technology should be the guiding rule by which a democracy abides.

Why the Military Needs to Rebrand Drones

Nathaniel Zelinsky | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Nathaniel Zelinsky

Despite being popular with the military, drones draw inordinate domestic and international criticism, not just because of what they are -- a new tool of war -- but what they evoke: the cultural anxiety of the machine as master.

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."

Drone Summit Demands End to Strikes, Surveillance

Daniel Medina | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Medina

Within view of the U.S. Capitol and just a little more than a mile from the White House, hundreds of of anti-drone proliferation activists, academics, lawyers and concerned citizens from all over the world gathered this weekend for the second annual drone summit.

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.

A Drone Warrior's Torment: Ex-Air Force Pilot Brandon Bryant on His Trauma From Remote Killing

Democracy Now! | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Democracy Now!

Why has former U.S. Air Force pilot and drone operator Brandon Bryant decided to speak out? Bryant served as a sensor operator for the Predator pro...

U.S. Government Tech: Lousy at Health Care, Great at Flying Death Robots

Will Bunch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Will Bunch

The reality is that when it comes to the science of flying death robots, the United States is the world leader. Our drone systems may not be 100 percent perfect, but they rarely fail. When it comes to killing people remotely from the air, nobody does it better. Technologically, that is. Morally, it's a different story.

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?

Man and Machine

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Joseph B. Kadane

The recent debate about the use of drones in warfare, and the possible use of armed drones against American citizens, reveals an interesting aspect of our attitudes about manned and unmanned machines.

Beating Drones Into Plowshares With Poems

David Shook | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
David Shook

As both a poet and American citizen, I aspire to voice my concerns more loudly than Shelley's "unacknowledged legislators of the world," specifically regarding Obama's unprecedented covert use of drones to kill thousands in Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen.

In Yemen, Let's Redeem President Obama's War on Terror Reform Speech

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

I'm not under any illusions that these demands are going to be met immediately. But here are three things that, following President Obama's speech, I claim are realistic goals for reforming the former "Global War on Terror" in Yemen in the next six months.

Get Thee to Geneva, Mr. Obama: Your Drone Strikes Make Targets of Us All

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

While you defend drones as the least bad option in going after terrorist suspects, and while you stated a willingness to cede some authority to wage such warfare to greater oversight, it remains the case that your targeted killings abroad may actually be creating new dangers for us at home.

Drones Are the Napalm of Our Crazy Time

Ethan Casey | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

The common element is death rained down from the sky, and drones take this a step further by leaving the inflictors of it safe back in the States.

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...

Do Drone Pilots and 'Cyber Warriors' Deserve Medals?

Yousef Abukhdair | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Yousef Abukhdair

Though military defense and national security has changed and evolved in the 21st century, they certainly have not altered the definitions of words like risk, sacrifice, heroism, and courage.

Proactive Domestic Security -- Dare I Suggest Drones...

Michael Kay | Posted 06.17.2013 | Crime
Michael Kay

The idea of increased surveillance by UAVs may well be unpopular, but should proactive security surveillance measures harnessing the latest technology not be a viable alternative to the reactive scramble for evidence?

Boston and Cowardice and America the Blind

Barry Lando | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
Barry Lando

What could be more cowardly than for some unknown, unseen, unannounced killer to blow apart and maim innocent men, women and children without any risk to himself?