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DRONE WATCH: NPR Interviews Former Drone Pilot

NPR interview with a former Air Force drone pilot.
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DRONE WATCH: Drone Strikes in Pakistan Ruled Illegal

A Pakistani court has ruled that U.S. drone strikes in that country are illegal.
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Gun Crime Decreases, Americans Think It's Up

Two studies of government data show US Gun crime has decreased from its peak in the middle of 1990s
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DRONE WATCH: China Developing Drones

China is rapidly developing a fleet of drones.
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DRONE WATCH: Anger in Yemen

Drone strikes in Yemen are leading to public anger.
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DRONE WATCH: The Thistle and the Drone

Review of Akbar Ahmed's "The Thistle and the Drone."
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Pentagon Refutes Reports of Anti-Christian Policies

Christian conservatives have grown increasingly alarmed in recent weeks over reports and rumors that the Pentagon is considering new policies aimed at discriminating against Christians and disciplining or even court-martialing those who share their faith.

But the Department of Defense on Thursday sought to debunk that speculation, saying that while aggressive proselytizing is barred, evangelization is still permitted and the rights of all believers – and non-believers – will be protected.

“The U.S. Department of Defense has never and will never single out a particular religious group for persecution or prosecution,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said in a statement. “The Department makes reasonable accommodations for all religions and celebrates the religious diversity of our service members.”

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DRONE WATCH: An Alternative to Guantánamo?

Is the Obama administration using drone strikes as an alternative to taking prisoners?
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President Obama Sides With His Guantanamo Bay Protesters

Tuesday, President Obama repeated his belief that Guantanamo Bay needs to be closed.
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Sojourners’ Jim Wallis Ponders Immigration, Guns at Washington National Cathedral

Immigration reform legislation will pass Congress by the August recess, predicted Sojourners CEO and President Jim Wallis in an April 28 interview. Wallis sat down with Washington National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall to discuss immigration, gun control, the direction of young evangelical Christians and Wallis’ new book “On God’s Side.”