CIA Drones

By Medea Benjamin / AlterNet Excerpted from “Welcome to the Revolution: Universalizing Resistance for Social Justice and Democracy in Perilous Times” (Routledge, August 2017, paperback). The $600 billion annual cost of the U.S. military budget eats up 54 percent of all federal discretionary funds. It’s no wonder we don’t have money to address the crisis […]

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Jose Maria Sison (left), founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines, was a professor of President Rodrigo Duterte in college. (File photos from the Philippine Daily Inquirer) The National Democratic Front (NDF) on Tuesday disclosed an alleged collaboration of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to kill […]

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Russian Tupolev Tu-154M spy plane Alexander Mishin A Russian surveillance aircraft flew over multiple federal buildings in Washington DC at a low altitude on Wednesday afternoon, according to CNN.  The Russian Air Force plane passed over the US Capitol, Pentagon, Joint Base Andrews, CIA, Camp David, and a secret government bunker called Mount Weather, CNN said.  The […]

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 – Drew Angerer/Getty Images There’s always been a looming fear of machines replacing people in the workforce. But who would have thought that they would encroach on the Secret Service? During President Trump’s 17-day working vacation at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, this month, his security team will be testing to see how […]

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According to an internal memo published by sUAS News, the U.S. Army is asking to terminate the use of all DJI products, including cameras and software “due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products.” This unusual request leaves a lot of unanswered questions such as the nature of the threats and the […]

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Here’s our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington: President Trump quietly signs the Russia sanctions bill that restricts his authority The president endorses legislation for a “merit-based” immigration system slashing legal immigrants Justice Department is investigating colleges’ affirmative action policies for student admissions Trump “weighed in as any father would” on […]

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I also want to make clear that for those living under drones, as it would be true if we were the ones living under drones, that it is terror plain and simple. To have an aircraft overhead for extended periods that could fire missiles or drop bombs at any time, on anyone, killing or maiming […]

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​Earlier this summer, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the successful test flight of a solar-powered drone that could one day deliver worldwide internet access. He lamented on his personal Facebook page that “more than half the world’s population — 4 billion people — still can’t access the internet” and suggested that the drone could be […]

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When President Trump said this week his administration is going after “bloodthirsty” criminal gangs like the notoriously violent MS-13, he added a menacing flourish: “Our guys are rougher than their guys.” The comment raised concerns that Trump was instructing immigration agents to use excessive force when going after suspected gang members. Not so, Trump’s top spokeswoman said […]

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With little policy guidance or public attention, the Donald Trump administration has further expanded former President Barack Obama’s use of lethal counterterrorism operations in nonbattlefield countries — namely Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. During the final 193 days of Obama’s presidency, there were 21 such operations. Over a comparable number of days under President Trump, there have been five […]

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