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Former Drone Pilot Talks Candidly About Attacks

A veteran Air Force drone pilot has opened up about his unsettling experiences killing alleged militants and probable civilians from an air-conditioned trailer in the American West.

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Here’s What a ‘Bee Drone’ Will Look Like

You’ve heard reports of drones the size of insects. A new video shows a flying robot the size of a quarter developed by engineers at Harvard.

Posted on May 4, 2013 READ MORE



Abode of Chaos

Drone Killings Used as Alternative to Prison, Attorney Says

The lawyer who authored the White House policy on lethal drone strikes has accused the Obama administration of using them when it didn’t want to capture prisoners who would otherwise go to Guantanamo Bay.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Jeremy Scahill

With his new book “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” Jeremy Scahill brings the last decade of the American government’s clandestine war making into the clearest possible focus.

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Border Drones a Wasteful Giveaway, Study Says

As Congress considers whether to increase funding for border drones, a report released Wednesday found the technology to be “an inefficient, costly and absurd approach to border security and homeland security.”

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Your Naeem Here

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Regulate Civilian Drones, Google Chief Says

Google CEO Eric Schmidt wants to limit the domestic use of drones by civilians, citing privacy and security concerns.

Posted on Apr 13, 2013 READ MORE



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New Drone Radar Reveals Border Patrol ‘Gotaways’ in High Numbers

The U.S. Border Patrol has caught some border crossers in remote stretches of desert with a sophisticated sensor mounted on unmanned spy aircraft that can reveal every man, woman and child under its gaze from a height of about 25,000 feet.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Anonymous Murder From a Safe Distance

War is war and murder is murder. The law draws the distinction. The American armed drone is a weapons system of war, not of policemen.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Anti-Aircraft Laser Cannons Are Here (Video)

The U.S. Defense Department has developed a laser cannon capable of downing a drone aircraft from the deck of a Navy warship at dirt cheap operating cost.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 READ MORE



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American Anniversaries From Hell

Consider the plethora of blood-soaked little anniversaries that Americans could observe, if they cared to, from a decade-plus of the former Global War on Terror.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE


Billions and Billions Served

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Drone Warfare Is Neither Cheap, Nor Surgical, Nor Decisive

Encouraging politicians to seek seemingly low-cost, Olympian solutions to complex human problems—like Zeus hurling thunderbolts from the sky—has fostered fantasies of illimitable power emboldened by contempt for human life. But the mortals on the receiving end have shown surprising strength in frustrating the designs of the air power gods. The fact requires explanation.

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Amazon Sells Sex Toys as Wellness Products

Amazon and other companies have rebranded once taboo sex paraphernalia, thus starting another sexual revolution; public libraries aren’t free, per se, but they’re an absolutely important investment; meanwhile, is the fact that college athletic directors get paid more than $1 million a year justifiable? These discoveries and more after the jump.

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U.S. Army/Spc. Michael J. MacLeod

10 Years Later and I’m Still Protesting War

A decade ago, I resigned my post in opposition to President George W. Bush’s war on Iraq.

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Marco Rubio vs. Rand Paul, Dianne Feinstein vs. Ted Cruz, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Reuters editor is indicted on suspicion of aiding hackers and Barack Obama wants Democratic lawmakers to know he’s not Dick Cheney.

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The International Bank of Bob

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Spiritual money launderer Bob Harris gave his salary to the developing world, Hugo Chavez died, and banks were “too big to jail.” Plus: Medea Benjamin on drones, and cybersecurity.

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The International Bank of Bob

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Spiritual money launderer Bob Harris gave his salary to the developing world, Hugo Chavez died, and banks were “too big to jail.” Plus: Medea Benjamin on drones, and cybersecurity.

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Democrats Demand Answers From Obama, Warren Blasts Republicans, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sarah Palin announces her next book project and Iran mulls a lawsuit against Hollywood.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Is the Partisan Ice Breaking?

Just when our politics seemed destined to freeze into a brain-dead brand of partisanship, party lines started cracking up.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 READ MORE


Bill Maher Applauds Rand Paul’s Filibuster, Then Defends Drone Strikes

“Some people do need killing,” the “Real Time” host said on his HBO program Friday. “It’s like what I say about the death penalty: Let’s just kill the right people.”

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Posted on Mar 9, 2013 READ MORE


Rand Paul Talks the Talk

Rand Paul was right. There, I said it.

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE


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Rand Paul Filibuster

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Jon Stewart Praises Rand Paul’s Filibuster of Brennan Nomination

On “The Daily Show” on Wednesday night, host Jon Stewart applauded the efforts of Sen. Rand Paul’s epic “old-school style” filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Holder Argues for Homeland Drone Killings

The attorney general told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the president has the authority to use drones to kill American citizens on U.S. soil in the event of an “extraordinary circumstance.”

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Rand Paul Filibusters John Brennan’s CIA Nomination

Telling his colleagues he would “speak until I can no longer speak,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor Wednesday to mount an old-school filibuster of John Brennan, President Obama’s pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Christie Slams Congress, Krugman Debates Scarborough, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a major development in the confirmation hearing of John Brennan and Jeb Bush flip-flops on immigration reform once more.

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Next Stop, Pedophilia

According to Rush Limbaugh, since the left has normalized gay marriage, now it will do the same with pedophilia; the U.K. government has found a way to take British citizenship away from certain people who were then mysteriously killed by drones; meanwhile, a computer programmer in India may make teachers redundant as he shows how children can and should teach themselves. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE


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How the U.S. Decides to Kill People With Drones When It Doesn’t Know Who They Are

Although Obama administration officials have framed the drone program as targeting particular members of Al Qaeda, attacks against unknown militants reportedly may account for the majority of strikes.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE



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The Drone War Doctrine We Still Know Nothing About

The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director has prompted intense debate on Capitol Hill and in the media about U.S. drone killings abroad. But the focus has been on the targeting of American citizens – a narrow issue that accounts for a miniscule proportion of the hundreds of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen in recent years.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



The Sequester Impact, Ted Cruz Calls Out ‘Communists,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including one lawmaker’s efforts to ensure corporations can vote and Michelle Obama teams up with Jimmy Fallon for the “Evolution of Mom’s Dancing.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Stress Disorders and Drone Pilots

Researchers report that drone pilots experience mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder at the same rate as pilots of manned aircraft deployed in the Middle East.

Posted on Feb 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Ralph Nader Wants More From Obama

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The president’s minimum wage hike isn’t high enough, sweatshop economics, more on jobs, and California manhunts.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE


Ralph Nader Wants More From Obama

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The president’s minimum wage hike isn’t high enough, sweatshop economics, more on jobs, and California manhunts.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE


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The Blind Theology of Militarism

In my years reporting on the intentional narrowing of political vernacular to guarantee specific outcomes, I have encountered no better example of Orwellian newspeak than that which now dominates the conversation about America’s drone war.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE



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The Shooting Gallery: Obama and the Vanishing Point of Democracy

We live at a time in the United States when the notion of political enemies has become a euphemism for dismantling prohibitions against targeted assassinations, torture, abductions and indefinite detention.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Dumb and Dumber

Last week there was a perfect drone storm of a story, only a year or so late. The most striking thing is that it should have set everyone’s teeth on edge, yet next to nobody even noticed.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE



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The Secret Message of Obama’s State of the Union

President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address was so wide ranging and inclusive, it’s almost difficult to recall the most ambitious proposals.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE


Drone Whisperer

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Dead-Eye Barack

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Sound of Silence

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Chief Drone

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