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Surveillance Drone Base in Store for Africa

The United States’ “secret” drone war is headed for a permanent stay in northwest Africa as officials prepare to establish a base there so they can watch al-Qaida and other Islamist groups.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Weapons ‘R’ Us: Making Warbirds Instead of Thunderbirds

“Makin’ Thunderbirds” is about auto workers back in 1955 who were “young and proud” to be making Ford cars. But in the early 1980s, Bob Seger sings, “the plants have changed and you’re lucky if you work.” Now America’s plants make the deadliest of weapons.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



Flickr / JimNtexas

The Rise of the Machines

Improvements in the technology behind the predator drone are advancing at a rate faster than a half-naked Arnold Schwarzenegger fleeing extra-terrestrial assassins in an alien jungle. Two new books bring us up to date. (more)

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Pakistani Lawyer Blocked From U.S. After Suing CIA on Drone Strikes

Pakistani lawyer and human rights champion Mirza Shahzad Akbar, who has aided the U.S. government in legal counterterrorism efforts, was banned from traveling to the States to speak at Columbia Law School after suing the CIA about drone strikes that have killed civilians in his country. (more)

Posted on Jul 3, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Presses Covert Airstrikes in Yemen

Following Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s emergency departure for medical treatment last week, the U.S. government has taken advantage of the resulting power vacuum to resume covert fighter jet and drone attacks that have killed civilians and suspected terrorists alike. (more)

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson

U.S. Drone Stages First Strike in Libya

An American Predator was used for the first time in Libya on Saturday, striking at the forces of Moammar Gadhafi two days after President Obama authorized the use of aerial drones in the bloody civil war there. (more)

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Brigadier Lance Mans

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.

Posted on Apr 21, 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.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Brigadier Lance Mans

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)

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Emilio Morenatti

Blowback: Why They Try to Bomb Us

Imagine an alternate universe in which a foreign military power begins flying remote-controlled warplanes over your town, using onboard missiles to kill hundreds of your innocent neighbors, and then jokes about it.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE


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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.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Original: U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Scott Reed

Insurgents Hack Predator Drones With Cheap Software

The $4.5 million Predator unmanned aerial vehicle and its at least $10 million successor are considered the future of America’s Air Force and a big part of the president’s escalation in Afghanistan. Insurgents in Iraq (and probably Afghanistan) were able to track the planes and intercept video feeds using $26 software available on the Internet. (continued)

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


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UAVs: The Future of Warfare in America

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said it, and judging by this three-part series from CNN, the age of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is upon us. It’s warfare by joystick—and the Predator drone is only the beginning.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009 READ MORE


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blog.wired.com

Missile Strikes Kill 20 in Pakistan

At least 20 people were killed in Pakistan on Friday in two missile attacks that are being attributed to unmanned U.S. drones near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. It was the first such strike since Barack Obama took office as president.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009 READ MORE


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chinadaily.net

Report: Bush Making Pre-Election Push to Nab Bin Laden

Last week’s air attack in Pakistan by American Special Ops forces represented the first of a three-part strategy by the Bush administration to ramp up the hunt for Osama bin Laden and other key al-Qaida players during the last weeks before the November elections, according to government sources contacted for this report by NPR.

Posted on Sep 12, 2008 READ MORE


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uavinfo.com

‘Reaper’ Ready to Watch Over Iraq

One way the U.S. military could maintain a presence in Iraq, even if by proxy, in the near future is through the use of unmanned drones with foreboding names like the MQ-9 Reaper and the Predator, both of which are able to carry seriously sinister weaponry like the laser-guided Hellfire missile.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE


Lawmaker Quits Amid Child Porn Investigation

A Republican member of the Maryland Legislature has resigned after authorities raided his home and took several items, including his computer, during a child pornography investigation. According to the Baltimore Examiner, state Delegate Robert McKee had been a sponsor of the Child Protection From Predators Act.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


Foley and Walsh

Foley on Predator ‘Sickos’

“If I were one of these sickos, I’d be nervous….” That’s what former Rep. Mark Foley said about sexual predators during a 2005 taping of “America’s Most Wanted.”
The hypocrisy is so thick, it could be churned like butter.

Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


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