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In the Bureau’s latest investigation into the tactic of ‘double-tap’ strikes on rescuers, our field researcher’s findings appear to directly contradict an account of a strike attributed to staffers of the Congressional bodies charged with overseeing CIA drone strikes. The House and Senate intelligence committees are responsible for scrutinising the highly classified CIA drone programme. Details of CIA drone strikes are withheld from all other members of Congress. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) has said her committee devotes ‘significant time and attention to the drone programme’ and since 2010 has met each month to ‘review strike records and question every aspect of the program including legality, effectiveness, precision, foreign policy implications and the care taken to minimise noncombatant casualties.’ Is congressional drone oversight working? Is congressional drone oversight working?
Afghan Peace Volunteer: Drones Bury Beautiful Lives Afghan Peace Volunteer: Drones Bury Beautiful Lives By VCNV By Kathy Kelly (Below is a transcript of an interview with 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.
Republican lawmakers worry government will abuse use of drones - The Hill's Floor Action Republican lawmakers worry government will abuse use of drones - The Hill's Floor Action Congress must check the government's authority to use surveillance drones on U.S. citizens before the government starts abusing the new technology, say two lawmakers spearheading legislation in the House and Senate. “It's better to be ahead of this than behind it,” said Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.), who will roll out legislation next week in the House that would mandate the requirement of a warrant.
William Pfaff: Drone Warfare Foretells an Ever-Expanding and Illegal War William Pfaff: Drone Warfare Foretells an Ever-Expanding and Illegal War Drone Warfare Foretells an Ever-Expanding and Illegal War Posted on Jun 12, 2012 By William Pfaff The disclosure that current American drone warfare operations are directed from the presidential office in the White House, with the president himself selecting persons to be assassinated by unmanned American drone aircraft in the Muslim countries where the United States now is militarily engaged, has ignited protests on moral, legal, political and strategic grounds. The protests concern the nature of these attacks, which disregard national sovereignties, the laws of war and the principles of American and international law, and are justified by the consideration that terrorists don’t obey the law either.
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North Waziristan Agency: Eight militants killed in drone attacks The first attack took place in the Esokhe­l sub-divisi­on of Mir Ali and the second in Khusha­li, killin­g eight in total. The first attack took place in the Esokhel sub-division of Mir Ali and the second in Khushali, killing eight in total. MIRANSHAH: Two US drone attacks have killed at least eight militants in the Mir Ali sub-division of North Waziristan Agency, security officials said on Monday. The first attack took place in the Esokhel sub-division of Mir Ali when a US drone launched four missiles on a house which was under construction. Six militants, including five foreigners were killed. North Waziristan Agency: Eight militants killed in drone attacks
Pollution-Sniffing Robotic Fish to the Rescue Look over there, swimming through the waves. Is it a fish? Is it a robot? No, it’s … well, yes. It is a robot: a robot shaped like a fish. Pollution-Sniffing Robotic Fish to the Rescue
Medea Benjamin Killer Drones Are Coming to US Skies 05/12 by Shift Shapers First it was spy cameras, then it was unmanned planes with cameras. Now the spy camera flying over Pakistan can shoot, or blow to bits, anyone the computer selects. Could be a terrorist, could be a wedding party – oops! Collateral damage… And here’s the scary part: They aren’t just in Western Asia any more. Medea Benjamin Killer Drones Are Coming to US Skies 05/12 by Shift Shapers
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Stars and Stripes Published: May 18, 2012 The United States is weighing changes in policy that would lift some of the secretary enveloping its use of drone strikes, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. U.S. drone strikes aren't a secret but are still considered classified. US rethinking its secrecy policies on use of drones US rethinking its secrecy policies on use of drones
Youth's drone movie creating international buzz possibly prompting Obama administration to reconsider its weapon of choice 'secrets' As the Obama administration considers changing its policy of secrecy enshrouding its controversial drone attack campaign, a regular part of U.S. global counterterrorism operations human rights defenders agree is among greatest of all abuses, a young Pakistani filmmaker of the award-winning movie creating a buzz about drones, The Other Side, has been denied entry into the United States to receive his prestigious award at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Seattle. His film follows a child whose entire family was killed by a drone. "Under the Obama administration, drone strikes by the Central Intelligence Agency and the military have become increasingly common as a primary tool in U.S. national-security strategy,' reports The Wall Street Journal Thursday. (Watch Children killed in Drone attacks in Pakistan.flv, YouTube here.) Pakistani award-winning drone filmmaker denied right to enter U.S. - National Human Rights Pakistani award-winning drone filmmaker denied right to enter U.S. - National Human Rights
US relents and grants visa to lawyer for CIA drone strike victims in Pakistan | World news Shahzad Akbar told the Guardian: 'They weren't being really smart because it gave me more importance and more of an audience.' Photograph: Mian Kursheed/Reuters The US government has granted a visa to a lawyer representing civilian victims of drone strikes in Pakistan who is due to speak at a Washington conference this weekend, following months of pressure by activists and lawyers. After a 14-month delay in his visa application, which began after he sued the CIA over drone strikes in Pakistan, Shahzad Akbar will now be able to attend the drone summit. Akbar, a Pakistani lawyer who founded the Islamabad-based human rights organisation, Foundation for Fundamental Rights, said he was grateful for the pressure brought to bear on the government by the conference organisers, their supporters and those who covered the story. US relents and grants visa to lawyer for CIA drone strike victims in Pakistan | World news
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Medea Benjamin is a petite woman with enormous courage and energy. She co-founded the California-based human rights organization Global Exchange and the women's peace group Code Pink. She has just written a book on drones, a task that inspired her to co-host a drone summit in Washington, D.C., last weekend.The CIA and US Joint Special Command have been carrying out drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia since 2004. Few Americans know about the consequences of this policy. In Pakistan alone, there have been 300 strikes, which, by some estimates, have killed up to 2,000 civilians. On Monday, counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan gave a speech on drones at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. On drones and divestment
US drone strike kills 10 in Pakistan A U.S. drone attack has killed at least 10 people in a Pakistani tribal district along the Afghan border early on Saturday, security officials said. The Pakistani officials said two missiles hit Shawal area, some 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan. Officials had earlier put the death toll at six. Saturday's attack was the second strike since Pakistan's parliament in March approved new guidelines on relations with the United States, which included a call for an end to drone attacks on Pakistani territory. Pakistan says the drone strikes are counterproductive and undermine government efforts to separate tribes from militants, violate Pakistan's sovereignty, kill civilians and fuel anti-US sentiment. US drone strike kills 10 in Pakistan
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MEDIA SERVICE » Jeremy Scahill: US Has Become ‘Nation of Assassins’ ANGLO AMERICA, 7 May 2012 by Common Dreams staff – TRANSCEND Media Servivce US Peace Conference Puts Face to Drone Victims
“These drone strikes create more terrorists. So, the war will keep going on and the question is who profits? And the answer to that is… the officers, the senior generals, arms makers, and arms dealers,” he said in an interview with Press TV’s US Desk on Sunday. “The arms dealers will give heavy contributions to both political parties and the people in Congress who remained in office,” McGovern added. The analyst also criticized the former administration of George W. PressTV: ‘US arms dealers profit from drone strikes’
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US drone 'preliminary act of war” against Iran, says UK professor
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