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Between a Drone and Al-Qaeda

United States targeted airstrikes against alleged terrorists in Yemen have killed civilians in violation of international law. The strikes, often using armed drones, are creating a public backlash that undermines US efforts against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).<p>The 102-page report, …

Say What You Want About Drones—They're Perfectly Legal

Just because they are more technologically advanced than other weapons doesn't mean they violate international law.<p>I hate Obama's drone war--but, under the law, he has a perfect right to fight one. Armed drones in war may be new, but their use introduces no new ethical or legal issues.<p>In the …

The ill-considered debate about drones

Measuring effectiveness<p>Five to 20 percent of the casualties from U.S. drone campaigns have been civilians, according to research by the New America Foundation on the U.S. campaigns in Pakistan and Yemen, in conjunction with the recent United Nations inquiry into the use of UAVs for counterterrorism …

Distant Death: The Case for a Moratorium on Drone Strikes

Arguing against America's targeted killing program before a live university audience<p>These remarks were delivered Wednesday evening at the University of Richmond in a debate on drones. Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institution took the opposing side. I'll link his arguments when a recording of …

In a Secret Drone War, Immoral Kill Deals Will Always Tempt Us

Killing targets simply because foreign governments want them dead carries a high potential for blowback.<p>Reuters<p>Critics of America's drone war have long insisted that the secrecy surrounding it all but guarantees abuses. How could it be otherwise? CIA agents are permitted to operate as international …

15 People Going To A Wedding In Yemen Killed By US Drone Strike

The officials did not identify the plane in the strike in central al-Bayda province, but tribal and local media sources said that it was a drone.<p>"An air strike missed its target and hit a wedding car convoy, ten people were killed immediately and another five who were injured died after being …

Drones

President Obama's new normal: the drone strikes continue | Amy Goodman

Americans abhor mass shootings in our communities, but why do we allow our government to kill so many innocents abroad?<p>There has been yet another violent attack with mass casualties. This was not the act of a lone gunman, or of an armed student rampaging through a school. It was a group of families …

U.S. sending missiles, drones to help Iraq fight militants

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has begun sending Hellfire missiles and surveillance drone aircraft to Iraq to help the government battle an expanding threat from local Al Qaeda-affiliated militants, U.S. officials said, the first such assistance since the American withdrawal from Iraq in …

The Drone Survival Guide Could Save You from Raining Death

I mean, it probably won't. But it might.<p>Unmanned US drone strikes killed roughly 361 people in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia last year – these three countries being the main areas in which the US government (with the help of the UK) conducts its covert drone surveillance. Armed drones are seen by …

Hacker Makes Drone to Hijack Other Drones

When Amazon's Jeff Bezos announced he wanted to deliver packages by drones, some joked that was good news: they'd be able to get free stuff out of …

US drone strikes have killed 67 civilians since 2008, says Pakistan's military

Just 67 civilians were killed by US drone strikes since 2008 according to figures released by Pakistan's military.<p>The figure amounts to just 3% of the total number killed and is strikingly lower than tallies compiled by organisations that track drone attacks through media reports, which claim many …

If Anyone Finds a Large Military Drone on the East Coast, the Air National Guard Would Like It Back

A large military drone crashed into Lake Ontario on Tuesday, prompting a search that later had to be stopped due to weather.<p>So, if you’ve seen this unmanned aerial vehicle used by various government agencies for surveillance and reconnaissance in the lake near central New York, the Air National …

Is the use of unmanned military drones ethical or criminal? - video debate

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or 'drones', is one of the most controversial elements of modern warfare. The technology allows for the delivery of bombs and bullets with no risk whatever to the attacker. But does the use of drones create new ethical problems? Guardian columnist Seumas Milne …