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Israel Says It Shot Down a Hamas Drone

The Israel Defense Forces tweeted the following Sunday: “An aerial drone from Gaza infiltrated Israel a short time ago. IDF forces shot it down with a Patriot missile above Ashdod.”

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Here Come the (Commercial) Drones, America

The Federal Aviation Administration has given BP energy corporation permission to use drones in Alaska, marking the first time the government agency has allowed commercial drones to fly over American land.

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White House to Release Memo About Drone Attacks on U.S. Citizens

The American public will soon get a look into the decision-making process that led to the Obama administration’s use of drones to target U.S. citizens suspected of conducting terrorist activities abroad.

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U.S. Gov’t Agency, UPS Accidentally Send Drone Parts to College Student

Well, oops, UPS. A logistical glitch, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is attributing to a delivery snafu by UPS, caused parts of a drone designed to monitor marine life and ocean conditions to end up far from its intended destination.

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Facebook Solar Drones Aim to Transmit Internet to Just About Everywhere

Facebook’s planned drone program competes with Google’s Project Loon for global dominance in the race to make the Internet available to all earthlings. 

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AP/Shakil Adil

Pakistani Taliban Pick Provisional Leader

After Friday’s U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, the militant network was left without a leader, but by Sunday, the position was filled for the time being.

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Drone Bites the Dust

Police shoot down an activist’s tiny flying video camera capturing footage of the uprising in Turkey; new documents reveal the role of rating agencies such as Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s in the 2008 meltdown; and you know things are bad in the U.S. when rather than pay for new car tires, people are renting them instead. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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British Troops Use Tiny Surveillance Drones

British soldiers in Afghanistan have been issued several drones known as Black Hornet Nanos, palm-sized unmanned aerial vehicles “that can scout around corners and obstacles for hidden dangers” and transmit live video and still images to a handheld controller up to half a mile away.

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CIA Nominee Can’t Evade Drone Questions at Senate Hearing

The confirmation hearing of John Brennan to become CIA director began and ended Thursday with questions about his oversight of the drone program that is said to have been responsible for the deaths of at least 2,629 people.

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Jon Stewart Slams Obama Over Drone Strike Memo

On “The Daily Show” on Wednesday night, Jon Stewart criticized President Obama for the government document recently obtained by NBC News that details the administration’s legal argument for supporting drone strikes on suspected al-Qaida members, including those who are U.S. citizens.

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Pakistan Taliban Leader Dead in U.S. Drone Strike

The first disclosed unmanned drone strike of 2013 killed top Taliban leader Mullah Nazir as he reportedly met with senior leaders of his group in South Waziristan early Thursday morning, security officials say.

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U.S. Prepares to Sell Spy Drones to South Korea

Seoul is seeking four “advanced” surveillance drones priced at a total of $1.2 billion to gather intelligence on North Korea’s activities after the U.S. turns over wartime command of Korean troops—a legacy of the 1950s Korean War—later this decade.

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Iran Claims to Nab Another Drone

For what would be the third such occurrence in the last year, the Iranian navy claims to have captured a U.S. surveillance drone that flew into its airspace. However, the U.S. government says none of its pilotless planes are missing.

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Drone Wars: From ‘Kill Lists’ to the ‘Disposition Matrix’

The “conventional wars” the U.S. is waging may be winding down, but the implementation of a new phase in drone attacks means that the war on terror is far from over.

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Israeli Air Force Downs Drone

Israeli troops are searching for the remnants of an unarmed drone of uncertain origin that their air force shot down in the south of the country Saturday. Though it appears to have been gathering intelligence, local reports suggest it was not from the Gaza Strip.

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U.S. Drone Kills 5 as Pakistan Hesitates Against Taliban

Five alleged Pakistani militants connected to the Taliban warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur were killed in a drone strike Saturday as the United States pressured Pakistan to attack Taliban forces that may become the country’s crucial allies once foreign forces leave.

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Robo-Worm Might Give You the Creeps

Scientists funded by the Pentagon have created a robot for the purpose of looking into hard-to-reach places, from spaces trapped beneath earthquake rubble to the private quarters of state enemies.

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Predator Nation

The CIA’s global drone assassination campaign has turned much of the rest of the planet into what can only be considered an American free-fire zone.

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U.S. Drone Strike Kills an Al-Qaida Leader in Yemen

The CIA killed Fahd al-Quso, a high-profile al-Qaida leader wanted by the FBI for his role in the 2000 bombing of the U.S. Navy destroyer Cole, with a missile fired from a remote-controlled drone in Yemen on Sunday.

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The Arrival of the Warrior Corporation

If Apple made weapons, they would undoubtedly be drones, those remotely piloted planes getting such great press in the U.S.

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Killing Fellow Americans? Sure, Say Most of Us

A Washington Post poll found that 83 percent of Americans approved of the U.S. government’s use of flying robots to kill terror suspects overseas, while 65 percent found no fault even if those targeted were American citizens. Liberals and Democrats consented to the killings as well, with favorable showings of 55 percent and 58 percent, respectively.

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Offshore Everywhere: The Plan to End National Sovereignty as We Know It

The defense cuts that will change the American way of war may mean little in monetary terms, but in imperial terms they will make a difference: They will offer a direct challenge to national sovereignty.

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Anti-American Groups Gather in Pakistan

Members of al-Qaida, the Taliban and militant groups from Afghanistan and Pakistan met up twice late last year in an effort to combine forces against America’s diminished presence in Pakistan—one common target on which they might agree to focus.

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Occupy Targets Obama

Occupy Des Moines protesters decide it’s high time to occupy the Democratic headquarters, and they won’t be the last; Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” gets more viewers than Fox News; and one of America’s most visible poets fell out of grace thanks to a racist poem. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Activists Fight Back With ‘Occucopter’ Drone

The worldwide uprisings of 2011 have seen ordinary people use surveillance and communication technology to protect themselves against oppressive governments. Now, New York City’s Occupiers are taking such tactics to the skies with the “occucopter,” a lightweight, camera-mounted helicopter that can be controlled with an iPhone.

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The Drone That Fell From the Sky

The skies seem full of falling drones these days. The most publicized of them made headlines when Iran announced that its military had taken possession of an advanced American remotely piloted spy aircraft, thought to be an RQ-170 Sentinel.

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Iran Refuses to Return U.S. Spy Drone

After an American drone was downed last week in Iran, the U.S. made the unrealistic request that Iranian authorities return the spy machine, and on Tuesday, that appeal was unsurprisingly rejected.

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America the Militarized

For some strange and troubling reason, the Senate’s recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, which could drastically change the way the American military relates to U.S. citizens on U.S. soil, failed to raise much of an uproar.

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Iran Claims It Captured U.S. Drone

Well, this is awkward. Iran’s state-run Press TV reported Thursday that a special Revolutionary Guard “electronic warfare unit” had gained remote control of a U.S. drone and landed it after it had flown more than 100 miles into Iranian airspace. 

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U.S. Regrets Friendly Fire Deaths in Pakistan

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Al-Qaida Holding American Hostage in Pakistan

Claiming retaliation for American aggression in Pakistan, al-Qaida said Thursday that it was holding a U.S. citizen, 70-year-old aid worker Warren Weinstein, in that country after capturing him in Lahore four months ago. Al-Qaida boss Ayman al-Zawahiri announced Weinstein’s capture in a video demanding that the U.S. ...

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‘Democracy Now!’: NATO Kills 24 Pakistani Troops

On Saturday, NATO forces clashed with Pakistani troops near the Afghanistan border, and 24 Pakistani soldiers were reported killed in the airstrike. Those are the facts that both sides agree on, but as Salon’s Glenn Greenwald notes in this “Democracy Now!” interview that aired Monday ... (more)

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China Censors Search for ‘Occupy’

The search term “Occupy” is now banned in China; online anonymity is becoming a thing of the past; and a new app called Bully Button protects children but it might just be another Big Brother act. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Al-Qaida’s No. 2 Leader Is Dead

Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, al-Qaida’s second in command and trusted confidant of Osama bin Laden, has been killed in Waziristan, Pakistan’s tribal region, a U.S. government official announced Saturday. The State Department had placed a $1 million reward on his head. (more)

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Chris Hedges: ‘We Speak in the Language of Terrorism’

In this recent appearance on GRITtv, “The World As It Is” author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges talks with host Laura Flanders about the murder of Osama bin Laden and cuts through the noise to pose some tough questions about America’s fighting style. (more)

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Reportedly Gives Up Pakistan Drone Base

Following a suspected U.S. drone attack that slaughtered 25 people – including eight civilians – in northwest Pakistan, American military personnel have allegedly vacated the Pakistani Shamsi Air Base, a key hub for U.S. drone activity.

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Attack of the Drones Begins in Libya

On Thursday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed that President Obama has given the go-ahead for U.S. forces to send armed Predator drones to Libya. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney officially disapproves of Obama’s strategy vis-a-vis the Libyan conflict.

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AP / K.M. Chaudary

Pakistan to U.S.: Tone It Down With the Whole CIA Thing

It’s not like we couldn’t have seen this coming: Due in part to a special request made by the head of the Pakistani army, the U.S. has been asked to scale back significantly on the number of CIA operatives in Pakistan and to stop drone attacks on northern militants.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / CIA

Senior Al-Qaida Leader Killed in Drone Strike, Pakistan Says

Although there’s no official confirmation from the U.S., Pakistani officials said Tuesday that a senior al-Qaida operative, Sheikh Fateh, was killed Saturday by an American drone attack in north Waziristan, according to the BBC.

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U.N. Official: Drone Use May Cause ‘PlayStation Mentality’

What effects might killing by remote, as American soldiers who control drones from afar are charged with doing, have on operators’ mind-sets? One U.N. official is worried that this U.S.-led trend may give practitioners ... (continued)

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Al-Qaida’s No. 3 Reportedly Killed in Drone Attack

Sheikh Said al-Masri, the man who held the third position in al-Qaida’s chain of command, was killed with members of his family in an American drone strike in Pakistan within the last two weeks, according to reports. Updated

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‘Colbert Report’: The Wikileaks Squeal-stapo

After highly upsetting video footage, taken from a U.S. Apache helicopter, showing 12 Iraqi citizens being killed by American gunfire was posted on WikiLeaks, Stephen Colbert wonders how long it’ll be before the website’s proprietors can be tracked down by Predator drones.

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Droning On and On

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