4 More Drones! Robot Attacks Are on Deck for Obama’s Next Term
When Barack Obama took office, drone strikes were a once-in-a-while thing, with an attack every week or two. Now, they’re the centerpiece of a global U.S. counterterrorism campaign. Obama institutionalized the strikes to the point where he could hand off to the next president an efficient bureaucratic process for... Read more
Imran Khan Detained and ‘Interrogated Over Drone Views’ by US immigration
Imran Khan, the former Pakistan cricket captain turned politician, was taken off an international flight from Canada to New York and questioned by US immigration officials over his views on drone strikes and jihad. Khan, who has been at the forefront of a high-profile campaign as leader of the... Read more
Biometric Voice-Identification Technology Leads to Arrests of Terrorist Suspects in Europe
Officials who apparently thwarted an alleged terror plot against Europe used voiceprinting technology to catch several suspects. The British Government Communications Headquarters, which snoops on criminal suspects and works with MI6 spies, used voice identification technology to help uncover the plot, AP says. Several of the voices were recorded... Read more
America’s Deadly Double Tap Drone Attacks Are ‘killing 49 people for every known terrorist in Pakistan’
Study found war against violent Islamists has become increasingly deadly Researchers blame common tactic now being used – the ‘double-tap’ strike Drone strikes condemned for their ineffectiveness in targeting militants Just one in 50 victims of America’s deadly drone strikes in Pakistan are terrorists – while the rest are... Read more
Notre Dame Law Professor Leads Lonely Campaign Against Drone Strikes
A law professor at Notre Dame leads a lonely campaign to stop the targeted killings in Pakistan and elsewhere, insisting they violate international law. SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame law professor Mary Ellen O’Connell was in her office last month when Imran Khan, a former cricket star who... Read more
Mysterious Bird-like Drone Captured In Iraq and Pakistan, Origins Still Unknown
The quite strange unarmed bird-like drone which was recovered by Pakistani forces in August of 2011 apparently did not just fly over Pakistan, but was also apparently spotted by Iraqi insurgents at least two years before making its way to Pakistan. One might jump to the conclusion that the... Read more
War Toys: US Kicks-off Global Drones Race – Ultimately to Collect Data and Search Citizens
Last week, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez showcased his country’s first unmanned drone. It seems that an international race to dominate the sky has gone underway and the South American country has become a player in the game of drones with the help of Iran, Russia and China. Retired Army... Read more
Black Ops and Blood Money – Raymond Davis, Agent In Pakistan
When a CIA operation in Pakistan went bad, leaving three men dead, the episode offered a rare glimpse inside a shadowy world of espionage. It also jeopardized America’s most critical outpost in the war against terrorism. Raymond Davis’s car now sits inside a police compound in Lahore. But the... Read more
Obama’s First Paper Airplane – No Casualties
Barack Obama at 6 Years Old after making his first paper airplane, flying it over a part of town where he’s never been before, and being disappointed that it didn’t kill a bunch of people he didn’t know.   Read more
Calling out the CIA: Secrecy Killings
Today Andrew Rosenthal of The New York Times published a thoughtful columndiscussing the untenable position taken by the government in response to the ACLU’s two Freedom of Information Act lawsuits seeking information about the CIA’s targeted killing drone strike program, including its targeting of U.S. citizens. As Rosenthal explains, “the government is blocking any... Read more
US Military Drones targeting Rescue Workers and Funerals in Pakistan
The CIA’s drone campaign targeting suspected militants in Pakistan has killed dozens of civilians who had gone to rescue victims or were attending funerals. So concludes a new report by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism. It found that since President Obama took office three years ago, as many... Read more