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The underwater drone “mothership” called Hydra and the RHex

The producer of our science-fiction dreams, DARPA, has been busy. It recently announced plans to develop an underwater “mothership” that would be capable of launching unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) from below the surface of the … Continue reading

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The Predator Empire Spreads its Wings to West Africa (again)

News that U.S. Predator drones are being sent to monitor Mali should come as no surprise. Special Forces (Joint Special Operations Command) and the CIA routinely survey and strike targets in Somalia and Yemen from a nearby Djibouti base (Camp … Continue reading

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A Deadly Atmosphere: The Emerging Dronification of Space

Imperial Information Gathering In one of the most chilling and prescient accounts of the future of drone warfare I have come across in a while, Alfred McCoy, author of Endless Empire: Spain’s Retreat, Europe’s Eclipse, America’s Decline?, and a history professor at the … Continue reading

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An act of self-defense? More on the legality of drone strikes in Pakistan

The legality of drone strikes in Pakistan – an act of self defense?  A state’s right to use force is set out in the United Nations Charter, the rules of customary international law, and in general principles of international law … Continue reading

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Is the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan legal?

The September 2012 report called ‘Living Under Drones‘ by Stanford Law School and NYU  School of Law devotes a chapter to exploring whether or not the CIA’s program of targeted killings in the tribal areas of Pakistan is legal. Below … Continue reading

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The Playbook and the Lethal Bureaucrat: John Brennan and the creation of a ‘Permanent War’

In the second of their reports on the Obama administrations institutionalization of targeted killings across the planet, The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung profiles John Brennan, Obama’s highly influential counterterrorism czar. She writes that Brennan’s ‘just war’ legacy will far outlast his time in the White … Continue reading

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