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Chris Hedges on the Role of the Media in Perpetuating ‘Endless War in the Middle East’

In a new interview, the Truthdig columnist explains how both political parties and the media are accountable for radical terrorism in America—and how it can be stopped.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Mass Aerial Surveillance Is a Growing Orwellian Concern in the United States

The federal government has been equipping planes with monitoring devices for some time. But how far will law enforcement agencies go in order to watch citizens?

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE



A 9/11 Retrospective: Washington’s 15-Year Air War

Al-Qaida’s U.S. attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were barbaric atrocities of the first order. Almost 15 years later, similar acts continue to be unleashed across the Greater Middle East, Africa and elsewhere.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE



Here’s Proof That the U.K. Has Helped America’s National Security Agency With Its Targeted Killings

“The UK flamboyantly touts its death penalty opposition, yet uses [a] (previously) secret base with the US to target people for due-process-free assassinations,” wrote journalist Glenn Greenwald in a Facebook post linking to a groundbreaking Intercept investigation by Ryan Gallagher.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE



Is Turkey Entitled to Abduct or Kill on American Soil When It Claims to Be Threatened?

If the U.S. can send its military into sovereign territories, why can’t Turkey, asks the former chief prosecutor of Guantanamo’s military commissions.

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 READ MORE



An Illegal Military Strategy Disguised as Technological Advance

However they are achieved, the United States has now embraced extrajudicial executions on foreign soil. And most of the discussion has focused more on the new instrument—drone technology—than on its purpose: assassination.

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Antal, Former Army Chaplain Who Resigned Over Military Policy

Antal first made headlines in 2012, when he posted a sermon condemning U.S. foreign policy. Now, he has made waves by publicly resigning from his religious role in the Army because of the Obama administration’s drone and nuclear policies.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 READ MORE



To the Next U.S. President, the Unlimited Power to Spy, Imprison and Kill

By mutual consent of those in power in Washington, all resistance to illegal surveillance, detainment and murder is now firmly in the past, and the power to use them will pass to the nation’s next leader—whoever it is.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE


Larry Wilmore Holds Nothing Back in Roast of Obama, Politicians and Media

The comic showed he was willing to take on anyone, regardless of power or fame—and also regardless of audience reaction.

Posted on May 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Drone Victims in Pakistan and Yemen Recount Brutal Effects of Remote-Controlled Warfare (Video)

Spencer Ackerman of The Guardian interviews six families on how their lives have been changed by U.S. drone strikes.

Posted on Apr 23, 2016 READ MORE



In Washington’s Drone Wars, Collateral Damage Comes Home

American drones not only terrorize the populations living under their constant surveillance, they also psychologically wound their own operators, leaving victims with post-traumatic stress disorder on opposite sides of the globe.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE


Guns and Drones









Posted on Apr 3, 2016 ENLARGE



Bernie Sanders’ Foreign Policy Judgment Is More Valuable Than Clinton’s Experience

Instead of criticizing Sanders’ “inexperience,” we should “be questioning why any of the candidates of either party are employing the same old foreign policy advisers—many of whom not only supported the Iraq War but every disastrous military intervention since,” argues Trevor Timm at The Guardian.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE



AUDIO: ‘Juggling Excess and Imbalance in a Time of Drones’: The Unequal Equations of Our Time

Amy Uyematsu’s poem, inspired by Juan Felipe Herrera’s “Fuzzy Equations,” is a powerful litany of expressions that get to the heart of our modern age.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



A Drone Protester Heads to Jail

Mary Anne Grady Flores, 59, will serve six months for photographing a peaceful protest outside Hancock Field Air National Guard Base near Syracuse, N.Y., where the U.S. trains pilots to launch drone strikes in the Middle East, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



A Tale of Two Grandmothers (Video)

On a recent snowy January night in upstate New York, a grandmother turned herself in to the Jamesville Correctional Facility, to serve a six-month sentence. Her crime? Taking photos.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



Congress Now Has Less Oversight of Drone Strikes

The U.S. military has taken greater charge of drone strikes in Iraq and Syria, effectively reducing congressional scrutiny and leaving officials, lawmakers and activists fearful of increased civilian casualties.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE



Is That Drone Registered, Sir?

U.S. residents owning a drone that weighs more than half a pound will have to register the device with the Federal Aviation Administration before launching it into the skies.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Former Air Force Pilots Who Blew the Whistle on U.S. Drone Program

In an open letter to President Obama, the four accuse him of creating and carrying out “one of the most devastating forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.” And for speaking this important truth, they have suffered greatly.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Air Force Whistleblowers Risk Prosecution to Warn That Drones Kill Civilians and Fuel Terror

Four former Air Force service members have publicly accused President Obama of lying about the effectiveness of his administration’s drone program, which they call one of the greatest forces for the creation of terrorism.

Posted on Nov 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Drone Papers’ Revelations Are a Cry for Ending the Slaughter

The unidentified whistleblower calls on Americans to demand that the government stop an illegal, immoral and ultimately ineffectual campaign. The method of picking people to assassinate is a travesty, the source says.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Warns U.N. of AI Threat ‘a Few Years Away’

Experts in artificial intelligence, lawyers and activists gathered at the United Nations on Tuesday to warn against a growing reliance on “stupid AI” that could prove disastrous.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: The ‘Drone Papers’ Whistleblower

Thanks to an anonymous source’s exposure of the inner workings of America’s drone war, we now know that nearly 90 percent of people killed in recent strikes in Afghanistan were not the intended targets.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Drone War Exposed: Jeremy Scahill on U.S. Kill Program’s Secrets

In a major exposé based on leaked government documents, The Intercept this week published the most extensive look to date at the U.S. drone assassination program. Here, Scahill, the lead author of the exposé, “The Drone Papers,” talks to Democracy Now!

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



CIA, Special Ops and NSA Cooperating to Kill Militants in Syria and Iraq

“In an effort that ramped up over the last year, intelligence analysts and special operators have harnessed an array of satellites, sensors, drones and other technology to track and kill elusive militants across a vast, rugged area of Syria and Iraq,” according to The Associated Press.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE



Royal Air Force Drones Have Been Hunting British Jihadis in Syria for Months

Unmanned British aerial drones armed with Hellfire missiles have been flying the skies over Syria for months in an effort to target British jihadis on a “kill list” written by senior ministers on the U.K. National Security Council.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Says He Wouldn’t End Drone Program

In a television interview Sunday, the presidential candidate said he would limit the use of drones but would not put an end to the targeted killing campaign outright.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE



Protecting and Serving With Taser-Armed Drones

North Dakota recently passed a bill that will allow cops to use armed drones to police the state; a writer makes the argument for showing on-air killings on the media; meanwhile, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s popularity has plummeted only a few years into his presidency. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE



‘Top Secret’ Clinton Emails Include Discussion of Drone Operation

Two emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server that a federal auditor deemed “top secret” include a discussion of a news article detailing a U.S. drone strike and a conversation that could inappropriately point toward highly classified material, U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE



We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again

In the first half of 2015, violence by both the Taliban and the U.S. has risen sharply, and Islamic State has emerged as a new and dangerous player. Once again, ordinary Afghans are the victims.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE



No Lone Rangers in Drone Warfare

There’s nothing “lone” about drone warfare. Think of the structure for carrying out Washington’s drone killing program as a multidimensional pyramid populated with hundreds of personnel and so complex that just about no one involved really grasps the full picture.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE



John Cusack: Barack Obama Is ‘as Bad or Worse’ Than George W. Bush

Actor John Cusack has said Barack Obama is “as bad or worse” than former President Bush when it comes to civil liberties, drone strikes, freedom of the press and the National Security Agency.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE



Body Counts, Drones and ‘Collateral Damage’ (aka ‘Bug Splat’)

In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts? In Washington, the answers are the same.

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE


Commander in Drone









Posted on Apr 30, 2015 ENLARGE



U.S. Finally Admits It Has No Idea Who It Is Assassinating by Drone (Video)

The tragic deaths last January, just now being revealed, of two Western hostages in drone strikes on a relatively empty housing complex in northern Pakistan underlines that the Obama administration is killing people from the air without knowing who they are and is killing significant numbers of innocent civilians.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE


Game of Drones









Posted on Apr 30, 2015 ENLARGE


Drone Strikes









Posted on Apr 29, 2015 ENLARGE



Assassination as Washington Policy and How It Failed, 1990-2015

The strangest part of the story is that a strategy that achieved the very opposite of its intended goal in the drug wars would later be applied full scale to the war on terror—with exactly the same results.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE



‘Still Death’: a Hard-Hitting Poem About Predator Drones (Audio)

Jill McDonough’s poem drives home the idea that when it comes to the many lives taken in our ongoing drone wars, “On the screen or on the ground, death observed is still death.”

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE


Drone Condolences









Posted on Apr 26, 2015 ENLARGE



U.S. Drone Strike Kills American Hostage of al-Qaida

President Obama expressed “profound regret” over the deaths of two hostages—an American and an Italian—in a drone strike on al-Qaida in January before praising what he described as his administration’s exceptionally transparent response to the tragedy.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky: The U.S. Is Trying to Put an End to Its Extreme Isolation

The renowned activist and linguist weighs in on the recent shift in relations between Cuba and the United States, as well as drone strikes in Yemen and the activities of the leftist parties Syriza and Podemos in Greece and Spain, among other current events.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Manhunters Inc.: How the Predator Became Washington’s Calling Card

The metamorphosis of the drone from eye to weapon came about almost by chance as the new millennium began. Barely two months after the outbreak of hostilities in Afghanistan, President George W. Bush declared: “It is clear the military does not have enough unmanned vehicles.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE



America’s Air Wars Are Being Fought Alongside Iran and Saudi Arabia

The United States is now involved in two air wars in the Middle East, not to mention more widespread drone actions.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE


Leaving the Killing to Computers

The Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine, Andrew Cockburn, tells Jon Stewart about the increasingly technologically dependent and hands-off process that American officials use to kill militants and, inadvertently, civilians in other countries.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky: Obama Launched ‘the Most Extensive Global Terrorism Campaign the World Has Yet Seen’

In an interview with a Brazilian television network, Noam Chomsky discusses the many ways the Obama administration has not only supported terrorism but taken part in it.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Global Drone Trade, by the Numbers

More drones are being transferred between countries than ever before, says the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Posted on Mar 16, 2015 READ MORE



Are Pilots Deserting Washington’s Remote-Control War?

The U.S. drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in a kind of crisis: drone pilots are quitting in record numbers.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE



The Real American Exceptionalism

While Presidents Eisenhower and Bush decided on exceptions that violated national boundaries and international treaties, President Obama is exercising his exceptional prerogatives in the unbounded domains of aerospace and cyberspace.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE


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