CIA Drones

President Barack Obama and members of his National Security Council in the White House Situation Room monitoring the operation against Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on May 1, 2011 (White House) According to Seymour Hersh’s account, the original plan of the Obama Administration regarding the disclosure of the execution of Osama bin Laden to the […]

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Hidden among the Olympic and election headlines last week were a few stories that revealed a range of previously unknown information about the US’ controversial and ongoing drone assassination programme. The White House released to the press a document known as a Presidential Policy Guidance (PPG), which was written in 2013, and outlined the various […]

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This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. It’s not every day that Republicans publish an open letter announcing that their presidential candidate is unfit for office. But lately this sort of thing has been happening more and more frequently. The most recent example: we just heard from 50 representatives of the national security apparatus, men — and […]

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By Li Zhou 08/26/16 10:00 AM EDT With help from Margaret Harding McGill SPOTLIGHT ON ROSENWORCEL IN KEY FCC DEBATES — Progressive tech groups are ramping up pressure on FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel with campaigns designed to encourage her to vote for Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposals on broadband privacy and cable set-top box rules. Sometimes […]

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In 1999, in a book titled “Unrestricted Warfare,” Qiao Liang and Wang Jiangsui, two colonels in China’s People’s Liberation Army, predicted that violent conflict would soon transcend all limits: “The battlefields will be everywhere” and the boundaries between “the worlds of war and not war, of military and non-military, will be destroyed.” … read more […]

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By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pakistan’s continued support for resurgent militant groups hostile to the United States, coupled with warming U.S. military and business relations with India, is sharply diminishing Islamabad’s strategic importance as an ally to Washington, U.S. military, diplomatic, and intelligence officials and outside experts said. The United States has cut both […]

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has endorsed Mary Thomas, Republican candidate for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. The campaign announced the endorsement Thursday. “In this critical open-seat race, Mary is the only candidate who stands for less government, lower taxes, and more liberty,” said Paul, a libertarian Republican who dropped out of the race for president […]

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American hostage Kayla Mueller was tortured, verbally abused, forced into slave labor for ISIS commanders in Syria and raped by the group’s top leader, but her fellow hostages say she never surrendered hope, she selflessly put the welfare of fellow captives above her own and she even stood up to executioner “Jihadi John” to declare […]

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The pace of the CIA’s drone campaign has plunged this year as part of a renewed push by the Obama administration to shift responsibility for lethal counterterrorism operations to the Pentagon, current and former U.S. officials said. The agency has carried out at most seven strikes in 2016, putting the spy service on course to […]

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In a move that appeared carefully calculated to tamp down criticism while escaping further scrutiny, the Obama administration in July released a report on the aerial drone strikes that have occurred outside “areas of active hostilities” between January 2009 and December 2015. In other words, the report tallied the number of drone attacks and resultant […]

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Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a hangar at Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona.Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr CC This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. Imagine that across the planet, back in the early months of 2003, millions of people marched in the streets of global cities and small towns, protesting, toting handmade signs, making […]

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