Naming Those Killed in US Drone Strikes

By: Friday May 11, 2012 12:31 pm

When drone strikes kill people, rarely do news media bother to name those dead from the attack if they are not alleged by some official to be an al Qaeda leader. The others who are killed in addition to the al Qaeda leader that is believed to be dead are reported as “militants.” Any more [...]

Obama Celebrates Press Freedom But Refuses to Let Yemen Free Journalist (VIDEO)

By: Friday May 4, 2012 11:00 am

President Barack Obama and other United States government leaders marked World Press Freedom Day yesterday. Obama issued a statement to pay “special tribute to those journalists who have sacrificed their lives, freedom or personal well-being in pursuit of truth and justice.” He invoked the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims that every person has [...]

It Doesn’t Matter if CIA or Military Control US Drone Program

By: Thursday May 3, 2012 7:30 am

Over the weekend, I attended a summit on drones co-organized by CODEPINK, CCR, and Reprieve. I had the opportunity to speak and hear from people from countries where the US has carried out drone attacks. I also spoke with journalists who have covered and spoken to people who are victims of the US covert drone [...]

In the Face of CIA Drone Strikes, Pakistan is Powerless

By: Monday April 30, 2012 12:33 pm

The CIA launched a drone strike in Pakistan on Sunday that killed “three suspected militants” in an “abandoned school building” in Waziristan. As the New York Times notes in a report on the strike, this was the “first such attack since the country’s Parliament demanded an end to those missions just over two weeks ago.” [...]

Obama’s Death Panels: Jeremy Scahill at the Drone Summit [VIDEO]

By: Sunday April 29, 2012 10:28 am

Activists, lawyers, human rights advocates, civil liberties defenders and others came together for a major international summit on drone warfare and the issues created by drone use yesterday. The summit was co-organized by CODEPINK, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Reprieve. An exceptional lineup of speakers addressed participants detailing salient and significant aspects around the [...]

Live Blog: International Drone Summit in Washington, DC

By: Saturday April 28, 2012 9:12 am

UPDATE – 3:35 PM Now have video interviews with Shahzad Akbar and Pakistan parliamentary member Amina Buttar that will go up some time over next day or two. UPDATE – 12:23 PM Hina Shamsi of ACLU mentions how drone us is now part of bipartisan consensus. The US, she said, is destabilizing the international legal [...]

Building Opposition to the Obama Administration’s Expanded Use of Drones

By: Friday April 27, 2012 12:48 pm

The United States Constitution and international law make it illegal to kill someone without due process except in armed conflict or where they pose an imminent threat and there is no other option available, staff attorney Maria Lahood of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) explains. The reality is the Obama Administration, in expanding the [...]

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