Yo! Don’t Touch My Drone

Not far behind many of our arguments about the legal use of drones in warfare is the hope that we’ll wake up tomorrow and they’ll just go away. No more wedding parties mistaken for an al Qaeda rendezvous. No more homes obliterated, no more after-action justifications for why a child, or two, was among the … Continue reading “Yo! Don’t Touch My Drone”

Obama Gives Himself Permission To Kill

After stonewalling for more than a year federal judges and ordinary citizens who sought the revelation of its secret legal research justifying the presidential use of drones to kill persons overseas – even Americans – claiming the research was so sensitive and so secret that it could not be revealed without serious consequences, the government … Continue reading “Obama Gives Himself Permission To Kill”

Drones Provoke Growing Controversy in US

As Barack Obama renews his lease on the White House for another four years, his administration is debating how best to respond to a growing internal and public controversy over his first term’s non-battlefield counter-terrorist weapon of choice: armed drones. Armed Predator drone firing Hellfire missile. Credit: public domain For months, senior administration officials have … Continue reading “Drones Provoke Growing Controversy in US”

UN launches major investigation into civilian drone deaths

A UN investigation into the legality and casualties of drone strikes has been formally launched, with a leading human rights lawyer revealing the team that will carry out the inquiry. The announcement came as the latest reported US drone strike in Yemen was said to have mistakenly killed two children. Ben Emmerson QC, the UN’s … Continue reading “UN launches major investigation into civilian drone deaths”

Afghan Peace Activist: Drones Bury Beautiful Lives

Below is a transcript of an interview of Raz Mohammad, an Afghan Peace Volunteer, with questions prepared by Maya Evans of Voices for Creative Non Nonviolence UK. Raz Mohammad: Salam ‘aleikum. I am Raz Mohammad. I’m from Maidan Wardak province and I’m Pashtun. Kathy Kelly: Raz Mohmmad, what do you think about drones? RM: I … Continue reading “Afghan Peace Activist: Drones Bury Beautiful Lives”

The Grilling that Brennan Deserves

As Washington’s pundit class sees it, Defense Secretary-designee Chuck Hagel deserves a tough grilling over his hesitancy to go to war with Iran and his controversial detection of a pro-Israel lobby operating in the U.S. capital, but prospective CIA Director John Brennan should get only a few polite queries about his role helping to create … Continue reading “The Grilling that Brennan Deserves”

John Brennan vs. a Sixteen-Year-Old

In October 2011, 16-year-old Tariq Aziz attended a gathering in Islamabad where he was taught how to use a video camera so he could document the drones that were constantly circling over his Pakistani village, terrorizing and killing his family and neighbors. Two days later, when Aziz was driving with his 12-year-old cousin to a … Continue reading “John Brennan vs. a Sixteen-Year-Old”

Emerging from the shadows: US covert drone strikes in 2012

Reported civilian deaths fell sharply in Pakistan in 2012, with Bureau data suggesting that a minimum of 2.5% of those reported killed were civilians – compared with more than 14% in 2011. This suggests the CIA is seeking to limit non-militant casualties, perhaps as a result of sustained criticism.Drone strikes in Pakistan are now at … Continue reading “Emerging from the shadows: US covert drone strikes in 2012”

The Protocols for Death

The American public has become so desensitized to what its own government is doing abroad that there is only a ripple of interest when the media reports some new outrage. The assassination of expatriate American citizens by drones preceded detailed media accounts of how kill lists are drawn up by the president himself in the … Continue reading “The Protocols for Death”

Down with Drone War Silence

The world recently celebrated Malala Day in honor of the young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, an innocent victim of political violence perpetrated by the Taliban. She is rightfully honored as a hero for her willingness to speak up for her right to an education and against religious extremism. However, while her bravery deserved the attention … Continue reading “Down with Drone War Silence”