Tag Archives: UAV

Essay: The Historical Rise of the Predator Drone

The Rise of the Predator Empire: Tracing the History of U.S. Drones [UPDATED HERE]. The MQ-1 Predator is perhaps the most well-known of all military drones used today. It has a wingspan of 55 feet, a length of 27 feet, … Continue reading

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The Obama Administration’s ‘Disposition Matrix’ – a Deadly Drone Database?

“We have a disposition problem” – former U.S. counterterrorism official, 2012 Greg Miller from the Washington Post has a must-read on the Obama Administration’s construction of a secret database for administering life and death. For the past two years, officials … Continue reading

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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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The paradoxes and pitfalls of the anti-drone debate.

An intelligent piece written by Myra Macdonald of Reuters that brings attention to the complexities of drone warfare in Pakistan. She argues that by focusing only on the negative impacts of U.S. drone strikes as unilateral acts of imperialism, the … Continue reading

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Waging War by Other Means: The Bureaucratic Present

Waging War by Other Means: The Bureaucratic Present ‘In facing a legislature, the bureaucracy, motivated by a pure lust for power, will battle every attempt of the legislature to gain information by means of its own experts or from interest … Continue reading

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Predator Empire: The Geopolitics of U.S. Drone Warfare, 2012 PDF Handout

I have put together a two-page PDF highlighting the key trends of the “Predator Empire”, including figures, images, and maps. It is intended to be a quick overview of some of the key issues. Feel free to share, just make … Continue reading

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I, for one, do not welcome our new Predator overlords

Remember the 2010 White House Correspondents dinner? Of course you don’t. Let me remind you of a quip the Commander-in-Chief shared with his audience of suited and booted journalist folk. President Obama, who oversaw the largest escalation of CIA drone … Continue reading

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