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DRONE WATCH: The Drone Zone
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

The training of drone operators. Mark Mazzetti, national security correspondent, writes in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine about the training of drone operators at H ...

DRONE WATCH: Expanding Drone Surveillance in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

The Pentagon is seeking congressional approval to shift funding to expand surveillance drone operations in Afghanistan. Bloomberg reports: "The Pentagon is seeking c ...

DRONE WATCH: Methodist Church in Britain Opposes Use of Drones
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

The Methodist Church in Britain has agreed to ask the U.K. government urge the U.S. to stop using drones. The Methodist Church in Britain has agreed to ask that the U.K. gover ...

DRONE WATCH: Strike in Yemen
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

US drone strike in Yemen reported to kill 2-4 militants. The Associated Press reports a drone strike in Yemen earlier today:  " A Yemeni official says a suspected U.S ...

DRONE WATCH: It’s All About the Money
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

U.S. weapons manufacturers seek to export drones. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down and the Pentagon budget cuts likely, U.S. weapons manufacturers are looking fo ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Summary for June
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

A summary of U.S. drone strikes in June from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. One of the most respected sources of investigative reporting on drones is The Bureau of Invest ...

DRONE WATCH: Anti-drone Protests Growing
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Fifteen protestors arrested at Air National Guard base near Syracuse NY. As killing by drone continues, anti-drone groups organizing protests against the policy are growing. Last ...

DRONE WATCH: Sunday Drone Attack Kills Eight
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

Drone attack on a house in Pakistan kills 8 suspected militants. The Associated Press reports U.S. missiles fired from a drone in a Pakistani tribal region near the Afgha ...

DRONE WATCH: NGO Appeals For Drone Stop
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

Pakistan NGO appeals for stop to drone strikes so vaccinations can continue. The Pakistani newspaper DAWN reported this morning that the National Research and Development Foun ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Strike Kills Taliban Militants
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

Drone strike on Tuesday kills Taliban militants. Agence France-Presse and the Associated Press are reporting that a U.S. drone fired two missiles at a house in northwest P ...

DRONE WATCH: Taliban Ban Polio Vaccinations Over Drones
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

Taliban leader bans polio vaccinations, claiming health workers spy for the CIA. According to Guardian , a third Taliban leader has banned polio vaccinations in the area he ...

DRONE WATCH: For Many Pakistanis, 'USA' Means 'Drones'
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

Pakistani attorney raises awareness of drone strikes through lawsuits on behalf of victims. In 2010, Shahzad Akbar, an attorney and founder of the Pakistani Foundation for Fundame ...

DRONE WATCH: Congress Keeps Closer Watch on CIA Drone Strikes
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

Congress is paying more attention to oversight of drone strikes. In what appears to be a step in the right direction, Congress is paying more attention to drone strikes. From ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Flights Over Caribbean
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

U.S. plans to expand drone flights into the Caribbean to fight drug smuggling. The Los Angeles Times reports: "After quietly testing Predator drones over the Baham ...

DRONE WATCH: Abandoning Human Rights
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

Former President Jimmy Carter writes that U.S. is abandoning human rights. Former President Jimmy Carter writes in the New York Times this morning of how far the U.S. has ...

DRONE WATCH: Administration Refuses Drone Documents
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

The Obama administration refused to produce documents related to the drone program,claiming the information is classified. The Obama administration filed its response to a Freedom ...

DRONE WATCH: Are Drone Strikes War Crimes?
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

U.N. investigator says drone strikes threaten international law. Several days after urging the U.S. to clarify its policies to ensure that targeted drone killings comply with inte ...

DRONE WATCH: Shadow Wars
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

A series of recent news stories, largely based on anonymous sources, reveals an emerging new U.S. military strategy. After more than 10 years of long, bloody ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Obama admi ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones in Court
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

Administration must respond today to Freedom of Information request on drones. Several years ago, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a Freedom of Information Act request ...

DRONE WATCH: It’s Not Just The U.S.
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

The U.K. has been using Reaper drones in Afghanistan for the past four years. More than four years ago, the U.K. Ministry of Defence bought 6 Reaper drones from the U.S.  The ...

DRONE WATCH: U.N. Investigator Asks U.S. to Justify Drone Policy
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. should clarify the basis under international law of its drone policy. Christof Heyns, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, urged Was ...

DRONE WATCH: New Weapons of Shadow Wars
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

Military strategy is changing to drones and cyberwar. U.S. military strategy is changing. From  Associated Press : "After a decade of costly conflict in Iraq and ...

DRONE WATCH: We Cannot Kill Our Way to Victory
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

Killing more people with drones will not resolve the threat of terrorism. Vietnam vet and author Terry McDermott sees parallels between the B-52 bombings of Cambodia and the d ...

DRONE WATCH: U.S. Declassifies Counter-terror Military Campaigns
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

U.S. formally acknowledges "direct action," i.e. drones, being used in Yemen and Somalia. The Associated Press reports:  "The White House’s semiannual re ...

DRONE WATCH: U.S. Drone Kills Three in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

In the second attack in two days, a U.S. drone strike killed at least three people early today. In the second attack in two days, AFP reports that a U.S. drone strike killed a ...

DRONE WATCH: How Drones Help Al Qaeda
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

Civilian casualties in Yemen are creating recruitment opportunities for terrorist groups. Ibrahim Mothana, an activist, writer and community worker from Yemen, writes that the ...

DRONE WATCH: World Opinion Opposes Drones
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

A Pew Research Center global survey finds worldwide opposition to U.S. drone strike. According to a new Pew Research Center global survey : "The Obama administratio ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones on the Hill
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

Members of Congress are raising concerns about drone use. Twenty-six Members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama yesterday demanding the White House’s legal justifica ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Debate, Continue or Stop?
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

USA Today editorially supports drone strikes, ACLU argues the program should stop. After running an editorial, USA Today often follows it with an opposing view on the topic. I ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones Strike Yemen and Pakistan
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

Drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan After more than a week with no reported drone strikes, there are news reports this morning of strikes in Yemen and Pakistan. Over the past ...

DRONE WATCH: Why Drone Attacks are Illegal
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Is killing by drone legal? Five reasons why they're not. Bill Quigley, a human rights lawyer and professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, asks: &quo ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone War Needs Accountability
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Cynthia Tucker, a visiting professor at the University of Georgia and winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for commentary,writes on the lack of accountability in the drone war. Cynth ...

DRONE WATCH: The Switchblade is Coming
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

The next generation of drones is 2-feet long, weighs 6 pounds, and can be carried in a soldier's backpack. It’s 2 feet long, weighs only 6 pounds, and can fit into a soldier’ ...

DRONE WATCH: Unleashing the CIA
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

As US-Pakistan relations deteriorate, the CIA gets a green light for more drone attacks. As relations between the U.S. and Pakistan continue to deteriorate, the Obama administra ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones at Home
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Domestic use of drones needs more transparency and accountability. As the use of drones for surveillance and other activities in the U.S. increases, Leslie Harris, president and C ...

DRONE WATCH: Losing Intelligence
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

A kill rather than capture policy risks losing potentially valuable intelligence information. In addition to legal and moral concerns about targeted drone killings, a new questi ...

DRONE WATCH: Compliance with International Law
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

UN High Comissioner for Human Rights questions whether drone attacks comply with international law. Following a four-day visit to Pakistan, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights N ...

DRONE WATCH: Can Al-Qaeda Survive Drone Strikes?
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Can the Al Qaeda movement can survive the continued attrition of its leaders by targeted drone strikes. In the wake of the death of Al Qaeda’s #2 leader Monday, BBC Security Corr ...

DRONE WATCH: Playing God in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

This morning's editorial in The Guardian takes on drone attack policy. One of the U.K.’s leading newspapers, The Guardian, takes on President Obama’s drone policy in an ...

DRONE WATCH: Former CIA Official Warns of Terrorist Safe Havens
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

Former CIA counter-terrorism head warns of the "seduction" of drones. Robert Grenier was CIA station chief in Islamabad, Pakistan, on 9/11. He then played a key role in ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Attacks Will Continue
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

Secretary of Defense says drone attacks will continue. Yesterday, the government of Pakistan once again expressed its opposition to U.S. drone attacks on its territory as bein ...

DRONE WATCH: Pakistan Protests Drone Strikes
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

The government of Pakistan protests drone strikes, US confirms Al Qaeda top leader killed. Following three U.S. drone strikes in the past three days, the government of Pakistan ...

DRONE WATCH: Domestic Use of Drones? Bad Idea
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

Domestic use of drone surveillance raises privacy concerns. USA Today has a weekly opinion column featuring Cal Thomas, a conservative columnist, and Bob Beckel, a liberal Dem ...

DRONE WATCH: Sympathy for Al Qaeda
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:52pm | Type: Blog

Drone strikes in Yemen are increasing sympathy for al Qaeda. The escalating campaign of drone attacks in Yemen is having the opposite effect from what the U.S. intends: ...

When 'The Other Side' Starts Using Drones
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

What will happen as the barriers to entry on drone technology fall enough so that an adversary's drones can be deployed against U.S. and allied forces and interests? An int ...

DRONE WATCH: Strikes in Yemen Escalate
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Escalation of drone attacks in Yemen raises targeting questions. Who is targeted for killing in U.S. drone strikes? Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan claimed in his recent ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Blitz in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Three US strikes against Pakistan targets in three days leave 27 dead. Fifteen dead in Pakistan on Monday : The third US drone strike in as many days in Pakistan has ...

DRONE WATCH: Death From Above
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 7:46am | Type: Blog

With White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan’s recent public acknowledgment of their use and revelations of President Obama’s direct involvement in deciding which targets are struck, the world medi ...

Still Things Left Unsaid When it Comes to Drones
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

From  Mother Jones  this morning: White House Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan officially acknowledged the administration's targeted killing of Al Qaeda members abroad for the first time in a speech on Monday. But Brennan didn' ...

U.S. Kills With Armed Drones
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

While this policy of targeted assassination should be ended immediately, the admission that it exists is an important step toward an important public debate. News flash:  The U.S. ...