At Congressional Briefing, Drone Victims Share Dreams of a Life in Pakistan Without Fear

By: Tuesday October 29, 2013 7:14 pm

Members of a family in Pakistan, who became victims of the United States drone program in October of last year when their grandmother was killed and children were wounded, traveled to the US to inform Americans of what the US government is doing to Pakistanis and how it directly impacts them. Rafiq ur Rehman, the [...]

Drone Victims Recount Horror of Follow-Up Strikes Launched Against People Rescuing Wounded

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 9:43 am

Human rights organization, Amnesty International, has released a report that presents two case studies on victims of United States drone strikes in Pakistan and also details the practice of signature strikes, which has led to rescuers being killed in follow-up attacks while they are trying to help wounded individuals. Both of the drone strikes detailed [...]

The Troubling State-Identified Reaction to Washington Post’s Story on NSA’s Role in Drone Strikes

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 12:12 pm

(update below) The Washington Post has published a story relying upon more documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, which provide a glimpse at how the NSA coordinates with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to assassinate “targets.” It featured the first concrete evidence to date that Hassan Ghul, a courier for Osama bin [...]

US, UK Seek to Neutralize Drone Opponents Whom They Perceive as Threats

By: Wednesday September 25, 2013 4:52 pm

A human rights activist in Yemen who testified in May at a United States congressional hearing on the US drone program was detained under the same United Kingdom terrorism law used to justify detaining Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, in August. Simultaneously, Pakistani lawyer Shahzad Akbar, who has represented drone victims, says he [...]

Military Commanders Testify on Impact of Bradley Manning’s Disclosures on US-Pakistan Relations Behind Closed Doors

By: Tuesday August 6, 2013 3:14 pm

A high-ranking United States military commander, who had overseen US special operations forces in Pakistan, took the stand as a government witness in the sentencing phase of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial. He was called to testify on how the publication of US State Embassy cables affected US-Pakistan relations, but testimony specifically detailing alleged impact was [...]

Leaked Pakistan Government Report Confirms Dozens of Children Have Been Killed by US Drones

By: Monday July 22, 2013 6:16 pm

An assessment produced by the Pakistan government on dozens of drone strikes conducted by the CIA that was not intended to be released to the public has leaked. The document shows that dozens of children were killed by drones between 2006 and 2009. The report titled, “Details of Attacks by NATO Forces/Predators in FATA,” was [...]

Pakistan Court Decision Finds US Drone Strikes Are ‘War Crimes,’ Which Are ‘Absolutely Illegal’

By: Thursday May 9, 2013 6:09 pm

A high court in Pakistan has found that United States drone strikes carried out in Pakistan by the CIA are war crimes, which are “absolutely illegal” and a “blatant violation” of Pakistan’s state sovereignty. The decision comes in a lawsuit filed by the Foundation for Fundamental Rights (FFR), a legal charity in Islamabad, which sued [...]

Why Isn’t the Name of the New Director of CIA’s National Clandestine Service Being Made Public?

By: Tuesday May 7, 2013 6:23 pm

CIA director John Brennan has appointed someone to fill the position of National Clandestine Service (NCS) director. The individual, however, is apparently going to keep his undercover status. First, a key aspect of this news is the fact that the person appointed is not the woman, who had been serving as the acting director of [...]

Human Rights Groups Challenge Obama’s Claimed Targeted Killing Authority & Secrecy

By: Saturday April 13, 2013 11:36 am

Ten human rights groups have sent a letter to President Barack Obama on “shared concerns” related to the “targeted killing” policies of his administration. The letter also makes recommendations the Obama administration can take to make policies accountable and transparent. The organizations call for the public disclosure of “targeted killing standards and criteria.” They urge [...]

Top Secret Intelligence Reports Show Obama’s Drones Aren’t Only Deployed Against Al Qaeda Leaders

By: Tuesday April 9, 2013 6:39 pm

United States government officials like now-CIA director John Brennan have asserted individuals must be a “legitimate target under the law” in order to be targeted and killed. However, top secret intelligence reports indicate “drone strikes in Pakistan over a four-year period didn’t adhere” to such a standard. From McClatchy‘s Jonathan Landay, who happens to be one [...]

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