Tag Archives: Legality

The Moral and Legal Case for Drones: An All-Too-Human Responsibility

The rise of drone warfare across the planet, spearheaded by the CIA, continues to challenge and transform the basic principles of international humanitarian law (IHL), also known as the laws of war or the law of armed conflict. Drones are frequently touted … Continue reading

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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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Due process is a process you do: The Legality of U.S. Drone Strikes

Last week, President Barack Obama said in an interview with CNN that “It’s very important for the president and the entire culture of our national security team to continually ask tough questions about, are we doing the right thing, are we … 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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