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Don’t shoot drones: My top 10 predictions for the future of drones in the U.S.

The U.S.’ Federal Aviation Administration–the organization in charge of American airspace– has warned people that firing at drones endangers the public and property, and could lead to prosecution. What promoted this? An ordinance under consideration at the tiny farming community … 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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The legal limits of the drone war

Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post report on the White House’s examination of the legal basis of its global war on terror. For over a decade now, the administration has relied upon a 2001 piece of congressional legislation called … Continue reading

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UK terror suspects stripped of citizenship then Hellfired by drone

An investigation by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism for The Independent details a chilling account of terror suspects being stripped of their British nationality before being targeted by U.S. drone strikes (in at least two cases). With no legal recourse, these exiles … Continue reading

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Drones and morality: when did ‘can’ become ‘ought’?

A nice piece written John Kaag and Sarah Kreps in the NYT that discusses how the CIA’s program of extra-judicial strikes is a modern incarnation of the Platonic fable of Gyges. It warns that just because drone strikes ‘can’ minimize casualties, both in … Continue reading

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John Brennan, counter-terrorist czar, defends drone strikes in Yemen

The escalating and secretive drone war inside of Yemen, conducted in partnership between JSOC, the CIA, and Yemenese forces, was defended by John Brennan as part of the “solution” to militancy. The strikes, which target members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula … Continue reading

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U.S. expands shadow war in Africa

The Washington Post reports on the growing network of U.S. Special Forces in Africa, which track and target Islamist groups in so-called “failed states”. These surveillance operations are centered on unarmed turboprop aircraft disguised as private planes. “Equipped with hidden … Continue reading

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The Predator Empire: 10 Thoughts on a New Strategy

The gradual intensification of US Predator and Reaper drone deployments across the planet represents a shift in the strategies of modern day warfare, security, and geopolitics. New theaters have been opened across the Gulf–some secret—some not-so-secret. As a National Strategy, … Continue reading

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The Secret History of US-Pakistan Relations

The modern relationship between Pakistan and the US can be traced back to a significant starting place: Afghanistan. Modern Afghanistan is divided by Hindu Kush mountain range stretching across the middle of the country. To the south live mainly Pashtun … Continue reading

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