Category Archives: Drones

The Assassination Complex – The Intercept

These investigative pieces by The Intercept are central to understanding the US killing machine. We can't recommend them highly enough. -Ed From his first days as commander in chief, the drone has been President Barack Obama’s weapon of choice, used by the military and the CIA to hunt down and kill the people his administration…
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The Obama Administration’s Drone-Strike Dissembling

Debunking John Brennan’s claim that “the president requires near-certainty of no collateral damage” to allow a drone killing to go forward. CONOR FRIEDERSDORF, The Atlantic As a frequent critic of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, I found Jeffrey Goldberg’s excellent interview a useful reminder that, for all my misgivings about the Iraq War hawks that…
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Family of grandmother killed in US drone strike arrive for Congress visit

Family of grandmother killed in US drone strike arrive for Congress visit Rafiq ur Rehman discusses his family's journey from Pakistan to Washington DC, where they will seek answers on Capitol Hill Ryan Devereaux in Washington Sunday 27 October 2013 15.02 EDT Drawing on a pad of paper in a Washington DC hotel, Nabeela…
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Naming the Dead

Sarah Lazare, staff writer With most casualties unidentified, and civilian deaths denied by US, new initiative aims to track every person killed in Pakistan drone strikes A group of journalists will embark on a simple yet powerful endeavor Monday: collecting the names of people killed by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan. The new initiative of…
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178 Children – Brave New Films

Since the George W. Bush administration’s first use of targeted assassinations via drone strikes, aimed at Al Qaeda and associated forces, in 2002, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) reports at least 178 innocent children (up to age 17) have died directly as a result of U.S. drone policy.

TBIJ’s analysis — called the “best currently available public aggregate data on drone strikes” by legal experts at Stanford and NYU who recently released the in-depth report Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan[2], — finds that 176 of the 178 children killed in U.S. drones strikes were Pakistani. The two non-Pakistani children were killed in Yemen: U.S. citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, 16, and his Yemeni cousin Ahmed Abdel-Rahman al-Awlaki, 17. (To read more, visit War Costs.)

Bureau investigation finds fresh evidence of CIA drone strikes on rescuers

Bureau of Investigative Journalism by Chris Woods Additional reporting by Mushtaq Yusufzai A field investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in Pakistan’s tribal areas appears to confirm that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) last year briefly revived the controversial tactic of deliberately targeting rescuers at the scene of a previous drone strike. The tactic…
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Leaked Report: High Civilian Death Toll From US Drone Strikes

By Chris Woods, Salon 22 July 13 This article originally appeared at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The report describes 147 civilian deaths, much higher than the U.S. administration has admitted to. secret document obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reveals for the first time the Pakistan government's internal assessment of dozens of drone…
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