Tag Archives: Law and Lawfare

Drones and targeted killings: ‘On-the-record’ government speeches

A very helpful blog post over at the Council on Foreign Relations summarizes the Obama administration’s on-the-record justifications for its program of targeted killings. While the details of the CIA’s ‘Third War’ remain shrouded in secrecy, government officials frequently allude to its efficiency, technicity, … Continue reading

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Living Under Drones

Stanford Law School and the New York School of Law have released a report on the impact of drones in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. They found that despite the official U.S. narrative: 1. Civilians are routinely killed, … Continue reading

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U.N. Special Rapporteur urges drone transparency

Amid mounting global pressure and a range of lawsuits, Ben Emmerson QC, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights, argues that the U.S. must open its program of targeted killings to impartial investigation or face a U.N. inquiry. “We can’t make a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001 – 2050

Nick Turse and Tom Engelhardt, Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001 – 2050. Dispatch Books, 2012. 179 pp  For readers of the popular website TomDispatch.com, editors Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse need little introduction. The weekly ‘Tomgrams’ … Continue reading

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Drone Strikes Threaten 50 Years of International Law

The US policy of using aerial drones to carry out targeted killings presents a major challenge to the system of international law that has endured since the second world war, a United Nations investigator has said. Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur … Continue reading

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The CIA’s process for assessing targeted drone killings

At Langley,Virginia, the CIA’s drone ‘hit-list’ is signed off by the CIA general counsel–together with the head of the National Clandestine Service (formerly the CIA Directorate of Operations), and the lawyers at the Counterterrorist Center. The CIA process for putting a … Continue reading

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Clive Stafford Smith Op-Ed on Drone Strikes

Last Friday, I took part in an unusual meeting in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. The meeting had been organized so that Pashtun tribal elders who lived along the Pakistani-Afghan frontier could meet with Westerners for the first time to offer their … Continue reading

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