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Can the Government Use Armed Drones in US Airspace? | Antiwar.com Blog

Last week, the Military Times ran a report based on statements from James Williams, the man from the Federal Aviation Administration that is “in charge of integrating unmanned aircraft into US airspace.” The story had an encouraging headline: “No Armed Drones in US Airspace.” Over the next 10 years, unmanned aircraft could fill a number of commercial and government uses ...

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‘America Doesn’t Torture’—It Kills | The Nation

Whatever happened to arresting people, extraditing them, giving them lawyers, putting them on trial—all that? Even in the hottest days of the Cold War, when millions believed communism threatened our very existence as a nation, Americans accused of spying for the Soviets had their day in court. No one suggested that President Eisenhower should skip the tiresome procedural stuff and ...

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Drones, Surveillance Towers, Malls of the Spy State, and the National Security Police on the Northern Border | Common Dreams

Living in a Constitution-Free Zone by Todd Miller Before September 11, 2001, more than half the border crossings between the United States and Canada were left unguarded at night, with only rubber cones separating the two countries. Since then, that 4,000 mile “point of pride,” as Toronto’s Globe and Mail once dubbed it, has increasingly been replaced by a U.S. ...

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Major US newspapers admit to honoring CIA demands | RT

As incoming CIA chief John Brennan prepares to answer questions from Congress, some of the biggest names in US media are under attack for hiding a secret drone base that the Obama nominee helped build. Reports in the New York Times and Washington Post this week confirm that the United States Central Intelligence Agency, which Brennan might very soon head, ...

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U.N. Launches Drone Investigation Into Legality Of U.S. Program | The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — The United Nations opened a major new investigation on Thursday into the United States’ use of drones and targeted assassinations. The U.N. investigation, led by special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson, is expected to focus on the legal justification for America’s expansive drone program, which has largely remained secretive and unexamined. “The exponential rise in ...

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CIA drone campaign in Pakistan to be exempt from rules – report | Foreign Policy

The Obama administration is reportedly close to finishing the codification of its drone policies in a “playbook” that delineates clear rules governing the use of targeted killing around the world, but declares the CIA’s drone campaign in Pakistan exempt from these restrictions. A lawyer for Pakistan’s intelligence agency told the country’s Supreme Court on Monday that the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate ...

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Stop Killing Children. No matter the excuse. Do not bomb innocent people, do not drone attack Arab children. | whitehouse.gov We the People

Please pledge to stop issuing drone strikes, that inevitably kill children and innocent men and women. An open heart is the way to peace, not with superior firepower. The right to human life of these people should not be infringed, and the amount of innocent children dying for our perceived increase of security is nowhere near justified, and in many ...

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US drone attacks ‘counter-productive’, former Obama security adviser claims | guardian.co.uk

The United States’ use of drones is counter-productive, less effective than the White House claims, and is “encouraging a new arms race that will empower current and future rivals and lay the foundations for an international system that is increasingly violent”, according to a study by one of President Obama’s former security advisers. Michael Boyle, who was on Obama’s counter-terrorism ...

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‘Love at Long Distance’: A Man in Prison for Protesting US Drones | Common Dreams

This week, the president nominated the head of the U.S. drones program, responsible for killing hundreds, perhaps thousands, of innocent women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to be his new head of the CIA That is appropriate, because the CIA runs the U.S. torture, rendition, assassination and mass murder program in conjunction with the Pentagon. Of course, all of ...

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The dire consequences of drone war secrecy | Global Post

Experts agree that transparency and public debate are crucial. Fifteen more people were killed by two US drone strikes in Pakistan this week, but the American people and the world will have to wait before hearing about the details of the CIA’s not-so-secret program, as a federal judge has refused the New York Times’ request for documents submitted under the ...

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