Petraeus Resigns From CIA, Citing Affair

By: Friday November 9, 2012 12:25 pm

We have our first major resignation of the second term Obama Administration. It happens to be very unexpected – because of the individual and the reason. NBC reported Friday that CIA director David Petraeus has resigned from the CIA, citing an extramarital affair. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell said the resignation was submitted in a letter dated [...]

UN to Investigate US Drone Program

By: Friday October 26, 2012 1:29 pm

The United Nations special rapporteur for counterterrorism will lead an inquiry into civilian deaths from US drone strikes around the world, to determine whether the strikes violate international human rights and humanitarian laws. The announcement was made by Ben Emmerson QC, a UN special rapporteur, in a speech to Harvard law school in which he [...]

The “Disposition Matrix”: The Institutionalization of Targeted Killing

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:15 am

Greg Miller will shine a light on the new American way of war for the next three days, with a multi-part series in the Washington Post on the kill list, the way in which terrorist suspects are selected for death from above by Predator drones. The goal here appears to be to codify the techniques into executive branch practice, for turnkey use by any current or future Administration.

The Loss of Credibility from Civil Liberties Abuses

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:02 am

Nothing else needs to be said about the sociopathy of Joe Klein than what Glenn Greenwald describes today. Klein’s justification for drone warfare comes down to “we have to kill their children before they kill our children,” and frankly that’s about as nuancedas our foreign policy debate gets these days. Greenwald goes into all the [...]

We Don’t Have an American Foreign Policy Debate

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 7:03 am

Here’s what the 1972 candidate for President, the late George McGovern, said on the Senate floor in 1970, during the debate over the McGovern-Hatfield Amendment to End the War in Vietnam: Every senator in this chamber is partly responsible for sending 50,000 young Americans to an early grave. This chamber reeks of blood. Every Senator [...]

Administration Wrestles With Another Round of the Drone Wars in Africa

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 10:50 am

Today the US State Department pulled out all of their government personnel from Benghazi – essential personnel and non-essential alike. In the wake of the attack on the US consulate, they have determined the city too unsafe, even after residents drove militia groups operating in Benghazi from their bases. The FBI has still not reached [...]

US Sends Drones, Military, Intelligence Personnel to Libya, Amid Chaotic Time for New Democracy

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 11:43 am

As we learn more about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11, it becomes harder and harder to ignore the probability that the militants involved were retaliating for a drone strike that took out a top al-Qaeda leader who happened to be Libyan. Christopher Chivvis puts this in context. As details [...]

US Embassy in Yemen Site of Unrest, Joining Libya, Egypt

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 6:56 am

Given the mysteries of the Benghazi attacks on the US consulate (not an embassy, and not an entity that was guarded by Marines, apparently), I’m going to step lightly before attributing any Middle East incident to anything else in a direct through-line. But we do know that riots/protests/attacks are proliferating. Today they have spread to [...]

Local News Anchor Challenges, Calls Out President on Kill List

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 10:18 am News, Weather There are 15,000 media personnel in Charlotte at the Democratic National Convention. Some of that includes photographers, but any way you slice it, you have a substantial number of journalists. Not one of them has the fortitude to pull off what Ben Swann of Fox 19 Cincinnati did in an interview with [...]

Send in the Drones to Tampa for the RNC

By: Friday August 24, 2012 11:35 am

The Republican National Convention in Tampa will be the first national political convention to be surveilled by unmanned drones, from the air and on the ground. This will mark the first time unmanned aerial vehicles will patrol the skies over a national convention, according to an engineer with a Naples company that builds and will [...]

ACLU, CCR Sue Administration Over Targeted Killings of US Citizens

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 11:03 am

While Kevin’s at the Bradley Manning trial, I’ll pick up on something on his beat. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center on Constitutional Rights have sued the Obama Administration over the deaths of three US citizens as part of the still-classified Predator drone program. Anwar al-Awlaki, Samir Khan and al-Awlkai’s son Abdulrahman were [...]

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