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March 30, 2014
The past few months have revealed an American obsession with drones that touches nearly every aspect of modern life. Unfortunately for vulnerable civilians in other countries, we’re obsessing over the wrong drones.
The more drones we worry about, the less we care about what matters, Vanity Fair’s Kia Makarechi writes on the new drone age we are entering. source
19:37 // 6 months ago
March 27, 2014
A United Nations panel finds the United States has fallen short of meeting its obligations under an international civil rights treaty
The United Nations raps United States civil rights over drone usage, secret programs and surveillance. source
13:03 // 6 months ago
December 16, 2013
14:58 // 10 months ago
November 3, 2013
I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now prefer gray skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are gray.
This week, drone victims from Waziristan spoke about their experiences with drone attacks in a United States lawmaker session. However, only five lawmakers attended. Another person affected by drone usage said, "We hear the noise 24 hours a day."
11:00 // 11 months ago
October 28, 2013
His right leg was severed. I watched him bleed out from his femoral artery. It was shocking. It’s pixelated, and it doesn’t really look real. But it was real.You’re still in the war zone and regardless of whether you’re physically there or not. America wants an antiseptic war… The reality is that nothing is clean. There’s a level of intimacy that goes with every action in war. It’s completely psychological. You hear the hum of a computer. You don’t feel the missile coming off the rail; you watch it. All the drone operators, they get a bad rap. It’s not a video game… It is real life, and these people need just as much help.
Ex-drone operator Brandon Bryant shares with CNN his experience of being ordered to conduct a drone attack for the U.S.
12:30 // 11 months ago
March 7, 2013
1:19 // 1 year ago
I’d like to break Strom’s record, but I have discovered there are limits to filibustering, and I have to go take care of one of those

Senator Rand Paul who officially yielded the floor at 12:39 AM est (via antigovernmentextremist)

Rand Paul filibustered for 12 hours and 52 minutes. During a snowstorm in D.C. With President Obama’s usage of drones as the main topic, and the nomination of would-be CIA head John Brennan hanging in the balance. It was the first “real” filibuster—dude-talking-for-hours-style—since Bernie Sanders did it in 2010. More details here.

(via antigovernmentextremist)

0:54 // 1 year ago
December 31, 2012
Every one of these is reviewed, and rest assured, the public reports about civilian casualties are not just a little bit wrong, they are wildly wrong.
Republican Rep. Mike Rogers • During a discussion of the House Intelligence Committee’s review process, for U.S. drone strikes in foreign countries, with Ohio’s Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich on the House floor Monday. The current chairman of the House Intelligence Committee also said he believes ”that people use those reports for their own political purposes outside of the country to try to put pressure on the United States.” source
15:33 // 1 year ago
November 26, 2012
13:02 // 1 year ago
October 22, 2012
As this map from Slate points out, there have been five times as many unmanned drone attacks under Obama than there were under Bush.

As this map from Slate points out, there have been five times as many unmanned drone attacks under Obama than there were under Bush.

22:21 // 1 year ago