Ryan Ponchione

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The CIA Is Taking Its Time Handing Over the Drone Program

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>For about the last seven months, people have celebrated reports that America's drone program would …

Force protection: Obama's convenient new rationale for air strikes against Isis

Watch this euphemism, as it just became the most important in the Obama administration’s vocabulary now that the US has resumed air strikes in Iraq: force protection.<p>The F/A-18 strikes that the US launched Friday morning came with a rationale as plain as it was misleading – or, viewing it through …

The Drone War Has More Victims Than the Bush-Era CIA Scandals

The agency's detention and extraordinary rendition program was an abomination. Its targeted killings are even worse.<p>Reuters<p>In a must-read column, Micah Zenko of <i>Foreign Policy</i> notes the many ways the Obama Administration has misled Congress about its targeted-killing program, and calls for a …

New Evidence That Team Obama Misled Us About the Drone War

Official speeches are crafted to give the impression that we're mostly targeting al-Qaeda members. We're not.<p>Reuters

Why Do Women Disapprove of Drone Strikes So Much More Than Men Do?

When it comes to drones, men are from Mars and women are from some other planet not named after the Roman God of perpetual war.<p>Pew's out with an international poll that shows, across countries and overall levels of support, a striking gender gap exists on support for American drone strikes.<p>Women …

Let's Make Drone Strikes Safe, Legal, and Rare

It would be easy to replace our current killing program with a slightly altered one with sufficient protections for innocent civilians, American citizens, and rule of law.<p>Reuters

Air strikes, drones and advisers: the new template for America's counter-terror fight

When children in Yemen try to ignore their bedtimes, their parents have a new warning to scare them into obedience: a drone will come for them.<p>Farea al-Muslimi, a young Yemeni activist and journalist whose hometown was subjected to a drone strike, shared that anecdote with a Senate panel last year. …

Why the U.S. Needs to Stop Shrouding Its Drone Program in Secrecy

Total transparency would force officials to consider their kill decisions more carefully.<p>On January 20, 2017, a new president takes office. She is knowledgeable about foreign affairs, has experience making tough decisions under pressure, and has a more finely tuned moral compass than the average …

This Yemeni Man Loves America, Hates al-Qaeda, and Says Drone Strikes Make Them Stronger

Farea al-Muslimi, a 22-year-old, described the time a Hellfire missile hit his home village in testimony before a U.S. Senate committee.<p>But his efforts are being undermined -- and we're the culprits. In emotional testimony, he stated that the Obama Administration's drone strikes in Yemen "have made …

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NATO Drone Strike Accidentally Kills Five Afghan Soldiers

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Five Afghan soldiers were accidentally killed and eight injured in an overnight American drone …

State Department Spokesperson: Gaza Strikes Are War Crimes

On Thursday, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf pronounced three Israeli air strikes in and around U.N. facilities in Gaza during this …