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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A visualization of drone strikes in Pakistan since... 41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed: US drone strikes – the facts on the ... The drones came for Ayman Zawahiri on 13 January 2006, hovering over a village in Pakistan called Damadola.

41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed: US drone strikes – the facts on the ...

Ten months later, they came again for the man who would become al-Qaida’s leader, this time in Bajaur. Eight years later, Zawahiri is still alive. Seventy-six children and 29 adults, according to reports after the two strikes, are not. However many Americans know who Zawahiri is, far fewer are familiar with Qari Hussain. Hussain was a deputy commander of the Pakistani Taliban, a militant group aligned with al-Qaida that trained the would-be Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, before his unsuccessful 2010 attack.

Finally, on 15 October 2010, Hellfire missiles fired from a Predator or Reaper drone killed Hussain, the Pakistani Taliban later confirmed. Reprieve, sifting through reports compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, examined cases in which specific people were targeted by drones multiple times. CIA, drone strikes, Jeremy Scahill, JSOC, Obama, targeted assassination progr... Poll: 58% of Americans Admit They Openly Support Terrorism to Achieve Goals. Burning American FlagImage Source: Jennifer Parr Washington, DC (TFC) – Imagine the rage if a poll conducted in the Middle East suggested that 58% of Arabs supported the World Trade Center attacks.

Poll: 58% of Americans Admit They Openly Support Terrorism to Achieve Goals

There would be calls for blood and to rain fire down on every square inch of the Middle East. More hyperbole from hawkish American officials would lead to yet another invasion. The Human Cost of Secret U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen. For more than a decade now, the United States has been using armed drones to secretly kill suspected terrorists in Yemen.

The Human Cost of Secret U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen

The public knows very little about these attacks. Neither the U.S. nor the Yemeni government has systematically disclosed who was killed and why, or whether civilians were among those killed. Now, working with the Open Society Justice Initiative, researchers from the Yemeni nongovernmental organization Mwatana Organization for Human Rights have spent two years visiting the sites where some of these attacks took place. Their findings are detailed in a new report, Death by Drone: Civilian Harm Caused by U.S. Al-Alwaki. Sick fucking society. Drones kill more than inquisition. Modern world. 98% These words. Oh, u weren't joking. Wait, what? Drones. Strikes per month. Bush/obama. Confessions of a drone veteran: Why using them is more dangerous than the gov... The White House sells drones strikes as legal, ethical and targeted to protect our military and innocent civilians from harm.

Confessions of a drone veteran: Why using them is more dangerous than the gov...

These are questionable claims, made more dubious by the administration’s selectively leaking details of the drone program to assuage the public when reports arise of flawed legal reasoning, mistaken strikes or vastly underestimated civilian deaths. CIA director John O. Brennan also told the American public that drones “can be a wise choice because they dramatically reduce the danger to U.S. personnel, even eliminating the danger altogether.” Director Brennan is wrong. Living Under Drones. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Drones (HBO) Drones w AI. The Obama Administration's Memo Justifying Killings of U.S. Citizens Is Horri... On Monday, the U.S.

The Obama Administration's Memo Justifying Killings of U.S. Citizens Is Horri...

Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit released a previously secret Justice Department memo which the Obama administration used as legal justification for the targeted drone killing of Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011. Awlaki was a U.S. citizen who had gone to Yemen after 9/11 where it was alleged he became a propagandist for al Qaeda.

Drones · A Data Narrative Made by Friends. June 16, 2014. ¶ In February of 2012 Congress told the Federal Aviation Administration (faa) to open the national airspace to drone traffic by September of 2015.

Drones · A Data Narrative Made by Friends

In 2013 the faa released the “Civil UAS Roadmap:” a plan to pave the skyways by clearing the regulations that have thus far kept government and private domestic drones at bay (for the most part) and creating a new regulatory infrastructure to welcome drones home. Privacy means more than not being watched for illegal activity. Why Do Americans Hate Beheadings But Love Drone Killings?  The answer lies in human psychology.

Why Do Americans Hate Beheadings But Love Drone Killings? 

And probably like the old observation about history, people who refuse to understand human psychology are doomed to be victims of psychological manipulation. How is it that even members of peace groups have now come to support US bombing? One lady framed the issue like this: "I request that we discuss and examine why the videotaped beheading of a human being is understood to be more egregious than the explosion (almost totally invisible to the public) of a human being by a missile or bomb fired from a drone. " Judge, jury, executioner. Then/now. US a No-Show for UN Talks on Covert Drone Wars. Abdullah Muhammad al-Tisi of Yakla holds a photo of his son Ali Abdullah Mohammed al-Tisi, who was killed in a US drone strike outside Rad`a, Yemen on December 12, 2013.

US a No-Show for UN Talks on Covert Drone Wars

(Photo: Human Rights Watch)The United States is refusing to participate in UN Human Rights Council talks about greater accountability for human rights violations in covert drone wars.