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UN Rapporteur: Drones are doing “structural damage” to international security

The UN’s special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, has submitted a long-awaited report on the use of armed drones. While no nation is singled out, the U.S. is evidently the focus of Heyn’s analysis, which recommends … Continue reading

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Bureaucratic Assassination — How do U.S. Targeted Killings Work?

INTRODUCTION Since the First World War and the birth of airpower, both military and civilian personnel have worked together to compile target lists for bombing. New and evolving technology has reduced the “blast radius” of the munitions dropped to such … Continue reading

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Dirty Wars: A Review, Part 3: Lawfare, or “Operational Preparation of the Battlespace”

Law exacerbates and enables war. For the most part it provides a code or system for legitimizing state violence. At least, this is the case with US Special Forces operating around the globe. It’s partly misleading to characterize their activities … Continue reading

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Radio Interview…. “Drones: Warfare in the 21st Century”

A couple of months ago, I had the rather nervous task of being interviewed by ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) for their weekly radio program “Rear Vision”. The show has just been broadcast and can be found online here. The two … Continue reading

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FISA Court = Drone Court?

After revelations surrounding the systematic abuse and overreach of U.S. government surveillance in the mid-1970s, the U.S. Senate – led by the Church Committee – passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Fisa) in 1978 that made it a criminal offense … Continue reading

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Bush Lawyer: Drones used instead of Gitmo

The lawyer who first drew up White House policy on lethal drone strikes has accused the Obama administration of overusing them because of its reluctance to capture prisoners that would otherwise have to be sent to Guantánamo Bay. John Bellinger, … Continue reading

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Human rights group sign joint letter to Obama

The “statement of shared concern” said the administration should “publicly disclose key targeted killing standards and criteria; ensure that U.S. lethal force operations abroad comply with international law; enable meaningful Congressional oversight and judicial review; and ensure effective investigations, tracking … Continue reading

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