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September 4, 2013
15:14 // 10 months ago
August 7, 2013
17:54 // 11 months ago
August 3, 2013
breakingnews:

John Kerry pledges early end to drone strikes in Pakistan
BBC News: US Secretary of State John Kerry has concluded a visit to Pakistan by pledging to end drone strikes against militants “very, very soon”.
Correspondents say his comments are intended as a message to ease anti-American resentment in strategically important Pakistan.
On Thursday Mr Kerry agreed to resume high-level talks over security issues.
Photo: US Air Force MQ-1 Predator drone (Reuters file picture)

CIA drone strikes are estimated to have killed around 3,000 people in Pakistan since the program was launched by the Bush administration in 2004. It’s since become an icon of consistent ideology (and liberal frustration) between the Bush and Obama administrations, with the number of strikes in Pakistan exploding since 2008. 

breakingnews:

John Kerry pledges early end to drone strikes in Pakistan

BBC News: US Secretary of State John Kerry has concluded a visit to Pakistan by pledging to end drone strikes against militants “very, very soon”.

Correspondents say his comments are intended as a message to ease anti-American resentment in strategically important Pakistan.

On Thursday Mr Kerry agreed to resume high-level talks over security issues.

Photo: US Air Force MQ-1 Predator drone (Reuters file picture)

CIA drone strikes are estimated to have killed around 3,000 people in Pakistan since the program was launched by the Bush administration in 2004. It’s since become an icon of consistent ideology (and liberal frustration) between the Bush and Obama administrations, with the number of strikes in Pakistan exploding since 2008. 

16:01 // 11 months ago
May 23, 2013
I have asked the Department of Defense to designate a site in the United States where we can hold military commissions. I am appointing a new senior envoy at the State Department and Defense Department whose sole responsibility will be to achieve the transfer of detainees to third countries. I am lifting the moratorium on detainee transfers to Yemen so we can review them on a case-by-case basis.
President Obama, during his lengthy speech today on counterterrorism. Obama also stated his continued support for shutting down the facility, saying that “there is no justification beyond politics for Congress to prevent us from closing a facility that it should — should have never been opened.” source
20:02 // 1 year ago
President Obama just delivered a near hour-long speech on drone strikes and counterterrorism policy. There was a lot there; he announced, among other things, new steps the administration is taking to close Guantanamo Bay, changes in policies regarding drone strikes, and a more lenient policy for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees. He defended the strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki and the practice of drone strikes in general, but also acknowledged their limitations. You can read the full text of the speech here (Photo credit: AP) source

President Obama just delivered a near hour-long speech on drone strikes and counterterrorism policy. There was a lot there; he announced, among other things, new steps the administration is taking to close Guantanamo Bay, changes in policies regarding drone strikes, and a more lenient policy for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees. He defended the strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki and the practice of drone strikes in general, but also acknowledged their limitations. You can read the full text of the speech here (Photo credit: AP) source

15:35 // 1 year ago
April 13, 2013
propublica:

McClatchyDC’s review of top-secret intelligence reports reveals the CIA has used drones to kill hundreds of people “who only were suspected, associated with, or who probably belonged to militant groups.”Read the full investigation here. And read everything we know so far about the drone war doctrine of “signature strikes.”

Very apropos, as we’d just mentioned the dearth of available information on the U.S. drone strike program a couple hours ago — do yourself a favor and read this full story on what is perhaps America’s most controversial modern warfare tactic. Figures and insights on drones are hard to come by, so it’s truly crucial not to miss the information that does trickle out.

propublica:

McClatchyDC’s review of top-secret intelligence reports reveals the CIA has used drones to kill hundreds of people “who only were suspected, associated with, or who probably belonged to militant groups.”

Read the full investigation here

And read everything we know so far about the drone war doctrine of “signature strikes.”

Very apropos, as we’d just mentioned the dearth of available information on the U.S. drone strike program a couple hours ago — do yourself a favor and read this full story on what is perhaps America’s most controversial modern warfare tactic. Figures and insights on drones are hard to come by, so it’s truly crucial not to miss the information that does trickle out.

16:50 // 1 year ago
nbcnews:

In the virtual cockpit: What it takes to fly a drone
(Photo: Michael Shoemaker / U.S. Air Force)
Drone pilots escape the physical demands and dangers of a traditional cockpit. There’s no g-force pinning them to their seats, no uncomfortable pressure suit to wear and no panic because the aircraft they are sitting in is spiraling out of control. 
Read the complete story.

It’s worthwhile to peel back the curtain and at least keep conversation going about one of America’s most controversial tactics. Thanks to the national security/wartime state, we as citizens still have perilously little insight into the targets of these drones, or especially the civilian casualties resulting. What information we do have is usually from this very perspective — through the pilot’s eyes.

nbcnews:

In the virtual cockpit: What it takes to fly a drone

(Photo: Michael Shoemaker / U.S. Air Force)

Drone pilots escape the physical demands and dangers of a traditional cockpit. There’s no g-force pinning them to their seats, no uncomfortable pressure suit to wear and no panic because the aircraft they are sitting in is spiraling out of control. 

Read the complete story.

It’s worthwhile to peel back the curtain and at least keep conversation going about one of America’s most controversial tactics. Thanks to the national security/wartime state, we as citizens still have perilously little insight into the targets of these drones, or especially the civilian casualties resulting. What information we do have is usually from this very perspective — through the pilot’s eyes.

14:49 // 1 year ago
March 7, 2013
They think the whole world is a battlefield, including America, and that the laws of war should apply…that’s not my understanding of the way America works. I don’t think the laws of war apply to America, I think the Bill of Rights do and I think it’s a disservice to our soldiers that our senators up there arguing that the Bill of Rights aren’t important.
Sen. Rand Paul • Responding to criticism leveled against him by fellow Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain on Thursday, less than a day after his impressive attempt to block the confirmation of John Brennan as head of the CIA. Both Graham and McCain attacked Paul on the floor of the Senate Thursday, saying the Kentucky Republican’s comments during his 13-hour filibuster were both untrue and disappointing. source
17:58 // 1 year ago
February 19, 2013
hipsterlibertarian:

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism just announced a new project, “Naming the Dead,” which “will seek to identify as many as possible of those killed in US covert drone strikes in Pakistan, whether civilian or militant.”

‘In the face of official secrecy, having the full facts about who is killed is essential  for an informed debate about  the effectiveness and ethics of the drone campaign,’  said Christopher Hird, managing editor of the Bureau.

They’re going to start with Pakistan and then move on to Yemen and Somalia. This is an important project. 

The administration’s use of, and tact on drone strikes is undoubtedly  one of the most controversial parts President Obama’s record. But from a journalistic standpoint, so little basic information is known about the people who’ve been killed. This seems like a good start.

hipsterlibertarian:

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism just announced a new project, “Naming the Dead,” which “will seek to identify as many as possible of those killed in US covert drone strikes in Pakistan, whether civilian or militant.”

‘In the face of official secrecy, having the full facts about who is killed is essential  for an informed debate about  the effectiveness and ethics of the drone campaign,’  said Christopher Hird, managing editor of the Bureau.

They’re going to start with Pakistan and then move on to Yemen and Somalia. This is an important project. 

The administration’s use of, and tact on drone strikes is undoubtedly  one of the most controversial parts President Obama’s record. But from a journalistic standpoint, so little basic information is known about the people who’ve been killed. This seems like a good start.

19:44 // 1 year ago
February 8, 2013
10:12 // 1 year ago