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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 READ MORE

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

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Drone Strikes

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

The Future of Violence

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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

Drone Skies

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE

Give Us Your Gamers—Not Your Pilots

An extract from the documentary film “Drone” shows military recruiters scanning video game fairs for the next generation of drone operators for often-lethal military activities in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE

Bibi Drone

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart: Obama’s Like a ‘One-Man Drone Employment Program’

“The Daily Show” host explains why a recent White House security breach probably has to do with Obama’s love of drones, or rather their love of him.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE

Drones Come Home to Roost

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Freezes Drone Strikes in Yemen as That Nation’s Government Falls

Thousands demonstrated in Sanaa on Saturday morning against the Houthi takeover of the Yemeni government.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE

The Best John Oliver Rants of 2014

John Oliver and his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” will be back Feb. 8 after a lengthy hiatus. In the meantime, check out our favorite clips of the British comedian’s program from the past year.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 READ MORE

Top 7 Ways Assassination Fails the U.S. as Policy

Wikileaks has released a government assessment of drone strikes aimed at assassinating top leaders.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE

What Will the Widespread Use of Drones Mean for Journalism?

Having so many drones flying around may have “serious implications” for journalists and researchers; India named its first “yoga czar”; meanwhile, a Fox News interview shows the holes in Dick Cheney’s defense of CIA torture. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Laura Flanders on Drones and Civil Disobedience

Truthdig columnist, author and activist Chris Hedges paid a visit this week to “The Laura Flanders Show” to discuss U.S. foreign policy, civil disobedience, resistance to empire and the corporate state, as well as a host of other topics.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE

Is The New York Times Biased When It Comes to Israel?

A former reporter and professor of journalism argues that The New York Times omits and blurs facts to protect Israel; drones are having an impact on the way we measure crowds, which is significant in a number of ways; meanwhile, a Russian TV show tried to prove that American parents turn their children gay with propaganda. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE

There Are Scarily Few Answers About Drones

John Oliver’s been looking for information about the unmanned death robots, such as what exactly an “imminent threat means” or how many people are killed during any given drone strike. So far, “hard facts” have been hard to come by, and in the “Last Week Tonight” host’s words, it’s “completely fucking terrifying.”

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Ukraine, ISIS, Burger King and Drones

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists look at Russia’s continuous push into Ukraine, a possible price for passivity with ISIS, the tax logic or corporate betrayal of Burger King’s expatriation to Canada, and the coming of the Google drones.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE

Juan Cole Says ISIS Has ‘Awoken the Drone God’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar suspects the U.S. will begin bombing Iraq like northern Pakistan, police in Ferguson, Mo., provoke a federal investigation, Hillary Clinton stumbles and we remember Robin Williams.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE

Juan Cole Says ISIS Has ‘Awoken the Drone God’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar suspects the U.S. will begin bombing Iraq like northern Pakistan, police in Ferguson, Mo., provoke a federal investigation, Hillary Clinton stumbles and we remember Robin Williams.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Jacquelyn Martin

War Crimes: Is Obama Looking for a Bailout?

President Obama has saved George W. Bush’s torturers from the Hague, perhaps hoping a future executive will spare his own administration.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE

Dead Is Dead: Drone-Killing the Fifth Amendment

Thanks to a much contested, recently released but significantly redacted Justice Department white paper providing the basis for the extrajudicial killing of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, we finally know the president in post-constitutional America is officially judge, jury and executioner.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE

Drone Swatting

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE

Blasty the Drone, To Protect & Swerve

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE

A Good Use for a Drone

Ever wanted to bask in the warmth and light of a fireworks display? Footage taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle gets us as close to the spectacular experience as possible.

Posted on Jul 5, 2014 READ MORE


Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE


The Drone Dilemma

In our growing reliance on armed drones as instruments of war, how slippery is the slope we’re sliding on?

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Prepares for Drone War in Iraq

President Obama announced Thursday that he will send 300 Green Beret Army special operations soldiers to Iraq.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE

Could U.S. Military Action Worsen Sectarian Conflict in Iraq?

As Sunni militants continue their march across the country, Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged Monday that the U.S. is considering launching drone strikes in Iraq. “Democracy Now!” speaks with Iraqi-American political analyst Raed Jarrar for clarity on the developments.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE

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