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DRONE WATCH: Israel Shoots Down Drone
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Israel shoots down drone off of its northern coast. An Israeli jet shot down a drone off its northern coast on Thursday. While some Israeli officials said they believed it was a ...

DRONE WATCH: Update on Senate Hearing on Drones
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

Senate subcommittee holds hearing on drones. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, chaired by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), held a ...

DRONE WATCH: Hearing on Drones
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

Senate hearing on drones. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights is holding a hearing this afternoon on “The Constitutional and Co ...

DRONE WATCH: Attacks in Pakistan and Yemen
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

New drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen. The month-long break in drone strikes appears to have ended. On Wednesday, a strike on a training camp in Pakistan killed at leas ...

DRONE WATCH: Organizations Express Concerns About Drone Killings
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Human and civil rights organizations express drone concerns to president. Ten major human rights and civil rights organizations have sent a statement to President Obama   ...

DRONE WATCH: Four Killed in Pakistan Attack
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

First drone strike in nearly a month kills four in Pakistan.   On Sunday evening, the first U.S. drone attack in nearly a month killed at least four people in Pakistan. T ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Killings in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

New classified details of drone program in Pakistan revealed. After years of secrecy, the leaks of classified information on the drone killing program in Pakistan have turned in ...

DRONE WATCH: The Next Drones?
Originally Posted: 04/09/2013 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Surveillance drones may be used in Korea, will armed drones follow? While there appears to be a lull in drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen, are the next targets being prepared? ...

DRONE WATCH: A Secret Deal on Drones
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

How the drone program began in a secret deal between the CIA and Pakistani intelligence. How did the drone assassination program begin? In a front page feature Sunday, The N ...

DRONE WATCH: Church to Oppose Drones
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Church of the Brethren annual conference will consider anti-drone resolution. The Church of the Brethren will consider a “ Resolution Against Drone Warfare ” at its annual ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone War Visualization
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

A visual representation of the drone war in Pakistan. With data from the Bureau for Investigative Journalism , a team of developers has created a visualization of every d ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones in Niger
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

U.S. Air Force is now flying surveillance drones from a base in Niger. While the drone debate continues to grow, the administration is moving to expand their use. According to t ...

DRONE WATCH: Four Killed in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

Latest drone strike in Pakistan kills four. Four people were killed in a drone attack on a vehicle in Pakistan yesterday. According to  The New York Times , " ...

DRONE WATCH: No More CIA Drones?
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

CIA's drone program is likely to shift to the Defense Department. In an exclusive this morning, The Daily Beast ’s Daniel Klaidman reports that the CIA is about to l ...

DRONE WATCH: Is Syria Next?
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 11:10am | Type: Blog

CIA gathering intelligence on extremists in Syria for possible drone strikes. Current and former U.S. officials have told the Los Angeles Times that the CIA is gathering ...

DRONE WATCH: A Violation of Sovereignty
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

U.N. official warns that drone strikes violate Pakistan's sovereignty. Following a three-day visit to Pakistan, Ben Emmerson QC, the U.N.'s special rapporteur on count ...

DRONE WATCH: Iran, U.S. Face Off Over Drone
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Iranian jet warned away from U.S. drone. As an Iranian fighter jet approached a Predator surveillance drone over the Persian Gulf earlier this week, it was warned away by a U.S. ...

DRONE WATCH: Give Them Up, Mr. President
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Former White House chief of staff John Podesta urges President Obama to make drone documents available. In an opinion piece this morning, former Clinton White House chief of sta ...

To Redeem the Soul of America
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Vincent G. Harding King's "living letter" from Birmingham jail still speaks to us all. AT TIME ...

DRONE WATCH: The Legal Basis for Drone Killings
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Members of Congress ask White House for the legal basis for drone killings. Eight Members of Congress sent a letter to the president yesterday, requesting a complete report on t ...

DRONE WATCH: The Debate Begins
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster sparks public debate. Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster last week against the administration’s drone policy brought a long-simmering debate to ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Strike in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

First drone strike in nearly a month kills two. The first reported drone strike in nearly a month is said to have happened Sunday morning in the North Waziristan tribal region o ...

Rand Paul, Drones, and Honor
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

While I stand with Sen. Rand Paul on the question of the use of militarized spy drones in American airspace and (potentially) on Americans, I am deeply troubled by our use of these weapons in other lands, too, ...

DRONE WATCH: In the Spotlight
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Rand Paul helps put drone killings in the spotlight. Sen. Rand Paul took the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday morning and announced that he was filibustering the nominati ...

DRONE WATCH BREAKING: Filibustering Brennan
Originally Posted: 03/06/2013 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Rand Paul filibusters Brennan nomination over drone strikes. The Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday confirmed White House adviser John Brennan as CIA director on a 12- ...

DRONE WATCH: Congressional Concern About Drone Policy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on drone policy. The House Judiciary Committee yesterday held one of the first public hearings on U.S. drone strikes, with Democrat ...

DRONE WATCH: Take Their Citizenship First
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

British terror suspects stripped of citizenship, then killed by drones. While the U.S. continues to debate whether the president has legal authority to order the drone killing o ...

On Scripture: How to Survive the Sequester, Syria, and Other Threatening Headlines
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

Current events, like much about our lives, frequently leave us hopeless, fearful, and uncertain. Religious faith isn’t a matter of wishing away these experiences; it involves perceiving God in the midst of our ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones? What Drones?
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

Former White House press secretary was told not to acknowledge drone program existed. Yesterday on MSNBC’s Up w/ Chris Hayes , former White House Press Secretary Robert G ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Base in Niger
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

U.S. troops are in Niger to support a new drone base. With a short note  to the Congressional leadership, President Barack Obama announced last week that a total of 100 U ...

Drones Are Corroding Our Nation's Soul
Originally Posted: 02/21/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

When we so disconnect our warriors from the realities of war, what does that do to their souls and to our collective soul? Do we lose sight of the horrible human cost of war? Do we become arrogant in our perce ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Strikes in Afghanistan Increase
Originally Posted: 02/20/2013 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

U.N. reports on drone strikes in Afghanistan. The U.N. mission in Afghanistan released its annual report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan on Tuesday, finding a decrease fro ...

DRONE WATCH: Moral and Ethical Concerns
Originally Posted: 02/20/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Catholics discuss moral and ethical concerns about drone warfare. Dennis Sadowski at Catholic News Service has a good summary of the moral and ethical concerns about dro ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones Over the U.S.
Originally Posted: 02/19/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Controversy over the domestic use of drones is growing. While we have been focusing on drones as weapons of war – killing by drone – controversy over the domestic use of drones ...

DRONE WATCH: From CIA to Pentagon?
Originally Posted: 02/18/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Control of the U.S. drone program may move from the CIA to the Pentagon. The U.S. killing by drones in countries other than war zones is run by the CIA. This leads to the secrecy ...

DRONE WATCH: The Drone Medal
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

The Pentagon is creating a new medal for drone pilots and others not physically in a war zone. Military medals have historically been given for exceptional bravery in combat. But ...

DRONE WATCH: Brennan Vote Delayed
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

Committee delays confirmation vote on John Brennan while seeking additional drone information. As the drone debate continues, the Senate Intelligence Committee is delaying a confi ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Strike in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 02/08/2013 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

Drone strike in Pakistan kills seven. The day after the hearing on John Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA, U.S. drones were back in action over Pakistan. An attack on Friday in ...

DRONE WATCH: 6 Reasons to Stop Killing by Drones
Originally Posted: 02/08/2013 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Why we should oppose killing by drones. America’s killing by drone program finally became frontpage news this week with the leak of a memo arguing the legality of targeting U.S. c ...

U.S. drone strikes are deadly to enemies and innocent victims
Originally Posted: 02/11/2013 - 12:30pm | Type: Press

February 6, 2013 Sojo in the News Dan Shenk ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones Hit Front Page
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

The publication on Monday of a previously secret Justice Department memo has opened the door for front-page questions about the entire drone program. The publication on Monday of ...

DRONE WATCH: Deliberately Killing U.S. Citizens
Originally Posted: 02/05/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Leaked Justice Department memo justifies drone strikes under certain conditions against American citizens. Editor's Note : DRONE WATCH follows daily developments about d ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones in Africa
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

U.S. plans to base surveillance drones in northern Africa. The New York Times reports that the U.S. is preparing to establish a base in northwest Africa so that it can fly ...

DRONE WATCH: UN to Examine Drone Strikes
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

A U.N. special rapporteur is beginning an investigation into drone strikes. Ben Emmerson, a U.N. special rapporteur, is beginning an investigation into drone strikes in Afghanist ...

DRONE WATCH: The CIA Exemption
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

Playbook of rules for drone attacks exempts CIA in Pakistan. Several months ago, the Washington Post reported  that presidential counterterrorism adviser John Brennan w ...

DRONE WATCH: Yemen — 4 Attacks, 4 Days
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

Fourteen deaths in Yemen drone strikes in past four days. While Washington, D.C., reveled in the ceremonies and parties surrounding Inauguration Day, U.S. drones were busy in Yeme ...

DRONE WATCH: Law and Secrecy
Originally Posted: 01/18/2013 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

Making public the secret legal memos that claim to justify drone policy. John Brennan, President Obama’s counterterrorism advisor and nominee for CIA Director, is one of the archi ...

DRONE WATCH: A Better Drone Policy
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Rep. Keith Ellison proposes Congress create a legal framework to guide executive action. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) writes in a Washington Post op-ed of the many unanswered ...

DRONE WATCH: What We Know … And What We Don’t Know
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

What we know and what we don’t know about drone strikes. For a number of months, I’ve reported and commented on news of drone strikes, the drone program, and legal and political ...

The Obama Synthesis
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

A foreign policy of fewer troops on the ground, but more drones in the air. Ross Douthat posits that President Obama’s nominations of former Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defen ...