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Targeted Killings

Killer Drones in a Downward Spiral?

Medea Benjamin | Posted 04.07.2014 | 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.

Matt Sledge

New Bill Would Force Obama Administration To Count Drone Deaths

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

Drone strikes under President Barack Obama have killed an estimated 2,400 people -- but there has never been an official count. That would change unde...

Pentagon Top Brass Should Explain How This War Will End

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama was right when he said "democracy demands" that all wars must end. Last month, he reaffirmed he wants to move America "off a permanent war footing" in his State of the Union address. Now is the time for senior Pentagon officials to explain the steps they'll take to get us there.

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.

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.

Between a Drone and Al-Qaeda

Human Rights Watch | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Human Rights Watch

Two of the attacks killed civilians indiscriminately in clear violation of the laws of war; the others may have targeted people who were not legitimate military objectives or caused disproportionate civilian deaths.

Spectator Wars

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We will never get to the business of choosing a peaceful future until we declare war obsolete, and that will never happen until we are able to look squarely at what we ourselves have done as a nation over the years, and what we're doing right now.

Former Drone Operator Recalls Watching His Target 'Bleed Out'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

For more than five years, Brandon Bryant worked for the Air Force, helping to operate some of the most controversial vehicles in the world. In an inte...

Mike Hogan

New Film Looks At Where Obama Failed

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Hogan | Posted 06.06.2013 | Entertainment

Jeremy Scahill's new documentary, "Dirty Wars," is a cinematic chronicle of one journalist's investigation into America's secret global campaign of ta...

Drones and Rumsfeld's Question

James Zogby | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics
James Zogby

The experts can boast of the drone's efficiency and speak casually of "limited collateral damage," but for the populations at the point of impact, every innocent killed is a victim with family and friends, and even the successful strikes create a widespread sense of terror and resentment.

What Hockey Teaches Us About Drones

Matthew Hoh | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

War and violence are fool's options. It is well past time Americans accept this truth and incorporate it not just into our policies and culture, but also into our national soul.

Preston Maddock

Faith-Based Groups Criticize Obama's Drone Killings

HuffingtonPost.com | Preston Maddock | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

Faith-based organizations sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, questioning the morality of the administration's drone program. "The ...

How Does Bloomberg Feel About Drones?

Posted 03.22.2013 | New York

During his weekly radio show appearance on Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg acknowledged the privacy concerns surrounding domestic drones but deemed th...

Matt Sledge

Ex-Pentagon Lawyer Shoots Down Drone Court Idea

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Jeh Johnson, who was until three months ago the Pentagon's top lawyer, outlined his objections to a drone court in a speech Monday, dashin...

Michael McAuliff

Obama Rebuffs Democrats On Drone-Kill Memos

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama rebuffed senators from his own party Tuesday when they sought greater transparency on drone strikes, arguing that...

Reviewing Drones

Jonathan Hafetz | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Hafetz

Should a federal judge review the government's decision to launch a lethal drone attack against a suspected terrorist? While the instinct is right, any review scheme must strike the correct balance between liberty and security.

Jennifer Bendery

White House: Obama Has No Authority To Use Drones On Americans On U.S. Soil

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Jay Carney on Thursday tried to put to rest a simmering debate over President Barack Obama's drone policy, s...

Michael McAuliff

John McCain Pans Colleague's Filibuster As 'Simply False'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the Senate's leading hawks, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), took to the Senate floor Thursday to fire back at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.),...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: Drone Strike To Kill U.S. Citizen On American Soil Legal, Hypothetically

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration believes it could technically use military force to kill an American on U.S. soil in an "extraordinary circumst...

Ryan J. Reilly

White House To Provide Classified Info On Drones, Feinstein Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has agreed to provide the Senate Intelligence Committee access to all opinions authored by the Justice Departme...

Preston Maddock

Subpoenaing Drone Memos Has 'Bipartisan Interest'

HuffingtonPost.com | Preston Maddock | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There is "bipartisan interest" within the House Judiciary Committee in subpoenaing the Justice Department's legal memos that justify the...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama DOJ Won't Even Disclose Number Of Classified Memos

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just how many classified opinions has the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel issued since President Barack Obama took office f...

White House Still Won't Share Drone Memos

The New York Times | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House is refusing to share fully with Congress the legal opinions that justify targeted killings, while maneuvering to make su...

Tea Party Senator: Obama Drone Memo 'Fraught With Constitutional Problems'

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama's drone policy was "fraught with constitutional problems." In an interview on t...

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ: John Brennan Didn't Officially Disclose CIA Drones Program

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- John Brennan, President Barack Obama's nominee to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, didn't officially acknowledge the CIA'...