Drones

A target drone is an unmanned, remote controlled aerial vehicle. In their simplest form, target drones often resemble radio controlled model aircraft. More modern drones may use countermeasures, radar, and similar systems to mimic real aircraft. The Obama administration has been criticized for its use of drones in Pakistan, Afghanistan and regions in the Middle East.

Heard the One About Obama Denouncing a Breach of International Law?

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International Law: Obama has embedded drone killings into the executive branch in such that future presidents will inherit it.

What Really Goes On With US Drone Program?

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US Drone Program — Video provided by a drone is a far cry from clear enough to detect someone carrying a weapon.

What Drone Technology Has Unleashed

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Munir Moon: Al-Qaeda could not have imagined that Washington would be doing its work for them by keeping America in a never-ending state of war and fear while losing our privacy and civil liberties.

Pakistan Drone Story Ignored Military Opposition to Strikes

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Gareth Porter: Pakistani military leadership had turned decisively against the drone war for years and has been strongly pressing in meetings with U.S. officials that Pakistan be given a veto over targeting.

When Drones Guard the Pipeline: Militarizing Fossil Fuels in the East

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Winona Laduke: Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist, and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesn’t make a corporation a terrorist.

Codepink Political Theater?

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Gary Corseri: In this Great Wrenching, the assault on conscience and consciousness is taking place on all fronts, on all levels, at, literally, break-neck speed.

In Praise of Drone Strikes

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Kahar Zalmay: I submit that the difference between a predator Taliban and a Predator drone is that the latter does not intentionally target innocent people, but terrorists who kidnap children and strap them into suicide vests do purposefully target unarmed civilians.

Behind Pakistan’s Iron Curtain

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Melissa Roddy: Clinging to the simplistic Vietnam era mind-set, where ere goes the U.S. military, misery follows — anti-drone activists fail to comprehend the ground reality of their impassioned “Troops Out — Stop the Drones” mission.

Obama’s New Restricted War on Terror Unlikely to Last

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Ivan Eland: Even if drone strikes are eventually transferred from the CIA to the Pentagon, it may be important only in the minds of Washington’s politicians and bureaucrats, rather than effecting the implied improvement in transparency.

No 9/11, No Need for Drones

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Berry Craig: Count me among supporters of drones or any other weapon authorized by any president that kills the enemy without endangering the lives and limbs of our fighting service men and women.

Tide Turning Against Counterterrorism Secrecy

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Tom Hayden: Obama’s speech at the National Defense University on counterterrorism revealed a commander-in-chief increasingly worried about political criticism of his Guantanamo detentions, his penchant for secrecy and his drone warfare policies.

Medea Benjamin Calls President to Account

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Benjamin called on the President to use his power as Commander-In-Chief to close Guantanamo prison, release the 86 Guantanamo prisoners who have been cleared for release, and stop the killer drone program

American Killer Drones: Hitmen for Hire

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JP Sotille: Everyone is a potential target in the War on Terror’s lingering “With Us or Against Us” protection racket, and drones are the crooked-nosed enforcers that kill without remorse, without hesitation and without accountability.

Boston Marathon, This Thing Called Terrorism, and the United States

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William Blum: What is it that makes young men, reasonably well educated, in good health and nice looking, with long lives ahead of them, use powerful explosives to murder complete strangers because of political beliefs? I’m speaking about American military personnel of course, on the ground, in the air, or directing drones from an office in Nevada.

Drone Fallout: Decoding the Arrest of General Musharraf

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JP Sotille: By shooting of his big mouth, the retired general collaterally damaged the tumultuous pact between his former colleagues in both Islamabad and Washington. In fact, he blew another hole in the crumbling wall of obfuscation around Washington’s kill list.

California Democratic Party Disses Fracking, Still Loves Money

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Wendy Block: It’s heartbreakingly clear that the Democrats won’t act courageously. But a number of non-partisan outside groups will. The MOVI coalition and Common Cause are sponsoring Prop C on the Los Angeles ballot next month, to let voters tell electeds to fight Citizens United. They need you.

The Growing Divide Between Elites and Average People

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Wendy McElroy: There has been a creeping difference in the attitudes of many politicians and the politically connected. In grabbing for power, they are often almost casually blatant, as though their authority is so secure that there is no longer a need to sugarcoat their motives.

Killing Civilians Without Due Process

Tom Hall: It is not the drones actively killing civilians in Yemen and Pakistan that threaten us, but rather the drones lounging in front of TVs on the homefront as our rights and freedoms slip further away.

King: I Have a Dream. Obama: I Have a Drone.

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Norman Solomon: After his Inaugural speech in January 2009, Obama has pursued policies that epitomize King’s grim warning in 1967: “When scientific power outruns moral power, we end up with guided missiles and misguided men.”

Will Congress Take on Drones in 2013?

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Rebecca Griffin: Thus far, Congress has not engaged on an in-depth level on important questions surrounding the reliance on this technology and the overarching policy governing its use.

ACLU-SC Pasadena Foothills Police Drones Forum — January 8th

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Domestic Drones and Police Surveillance: What Happens to Civil LIberties. Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Pasadena, California.

Begun the Drone Wars Have

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Joseph Palermo: We need to put the pressure on the Obama administration to reel in the drone program and put the United States on the side of common decency in calling for a United Nations-brokered ban on these pernicious weapons.

Citizen Diplomacy Against Drones Over Pakistan

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Tom Hayden: A delegation of American peace activists has succeeded in directly engaging the US ambassador to Pakistan over the drone attacks, which have killed civilians and inflamed anti-US opinion in South Asia and around the globe.

Gabby Douglas and the Brown Paper Bag Test

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Sharon Kyle: Colorism gives unearned advantages to Blacks of lighter complexion and demeans and degrades Blacks of darker complexions. For white people reading this who are unaware of this practice, there is a test known as “the brown paper bag test” used to determine where your skin color placed you in the pecking order.

Olympians, Immigrants, and World Affairs

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Our eagerness for stories, involving athletes from around the world, as enthusiastic viewers of the Olympic games, juxtaposes paradoxically with our intolerance for our own immigrants’ stories, even if those immigrants are athletes who win medals for the US.

Don’t Bain on Me

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Ted Vaill: Why on earth would the American voter elect someone as its next President who is the poster child for the Wall Street excesses that almost drove the country into another Depression just four years ago? Are memories that short?

No Shelter from the Drones of Infinite Justice

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Bill Blum: Can it be imagined that American officials would bomb a house in Beverly Hills or the upper east side of Manhattan? Stay tuned.

Pilots Without a Cockpit

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Medea Benjamin: Drone operators based so far away from the battlefield and undertaking operations entirely through computer screens and remote audio-feed risk developing a ‘Playstation’ mentality to killing.

A Sordid Love Affair With Killer Drones

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Medea Benjamin: For people in Pakistan, where American drones have been dropping their Hellfire missiles, Obama’s joke lost something in translation.

Bring on the Drones

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Clifford “Felonius Ax” Tasner: The predator drones represent a great opportunity for our Aerospace companies. We are making a killing killing, for goodness sake!

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