A global security think tank in Washington, DC, has released a report on President Barack Obama’s drone policy. It raises several concerns about the erosion of “sovereignty norms, blowback and the potential for never-ending war and suggests the administration has fought what amounts to a “multi-year covert killing program.” But what is most remarkable is that this critique of drone policy is coming from a task force filled primarily with former military and national security officials.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 26, 2014 5:20 pm|
|By: masaccio Sunday June 9, 2013 11:30 am|
The spineless party needs to tell us what it will fight for.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 28, 2012 4:48 pm|
Clinics at the law schools of Stanford and New York University released a ground-breaking report on September 25 that challenged the “dominant narrative” that United States drones in Pakistan are a “surgically precise and effective tool,” which “makes the US safer by enabling ‘targeted killings’ of terrorists, with minimal downsides or collateral impacts.” The report, which included firsthand accounts from Pakistanis to bolster the study’s conclusions, called this narrative “false” and stated civilian casualties are “rarely acknowledged by the US government, there is significant evidence that US drone strikes have injured and killed civilians.” And it stated publicly available evidence that strikes make the US safer is “ambiguous at best” and considers the legality of the strikes to be “doubtful.”
But, for some commentators and pundits the findings of the report, “Living Under Drones,” were frustrating.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday May 29, 2012 5:13 pm|
Described by the New York Times as a “sloppy strike,” on December 17, 2009, a US drone launched a cruise missile carrying cluster bombs and hit al-Majalah in the Abyan province of southern Yemen. The attack targeted Saleh Mohammed al-Anbouri, who allegedly had been bringing people from different countries to train them to become members of al Qaeda. It did not only kill Anbouri but also forty-one civilians including twenty-two children and a dozen women (five who happened to be pregnant).
The attack left a “grisly scene.”
|By: masaccio Sunday February 6, 2011 10:27 am|
Selling guns to mass murderers. Selling loaded derivatives to Alabama counties. People who do things like that lack character.
|By: masaccio Sunday January 30, 2011 10:45 am|
John Dewey thinks that the power of unbridled wealth is that it crushes the individual. That happened under the military power of Kings and Emperors, and it happens in democratic societies when economic wealth dominates politics and ideology.