Covert Drone War

The use of Predator and Reaper drones (unmanned flying vehicles that are often armed with video-guided missiles) by the US military and CIA is a largely untold story of the "Global War on Terror / Global Contingency Operation" - yet has caused thousands of deaths in Pakistan and Afghanistan, many of whom are women and children.

More Than 2,400 Dead as Obama’s Drone Campaign Marks Five Years

Jack Serle | January 23, 2014

Obama has launched over 390 covert drone strikes in his first five years in office

Five years ago, on January 23 2009, a CIA drone flattened a house in Pakistan’s tribal regions. It was the third day of Barack Obama’s presidency, and this was the new commander-in-chief’s first covert drone strike.

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I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on

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Few of the politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue how it actually works (and doesn't)

Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions. I'd start with: "How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?"

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Voices from the Drone Summit

Marjorie Cohn | November 16, 2013

“...when the other four men died – a result of ‘guilt by association’ – Hale realized he ‘was no longer part of something moral or sane or rational.’”

Last weekend, I participated in a panel on the illegality of drones and targeted killing off the battlefield at the conference, “Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance,” in Washington DC. Nearly 400 people from many countries came together to gather information, protest, and develop strategies to end targeted killing by combat drones.

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Yemeni Civil Engineer, Who Had Two Family Members Killed by Drone, to Address Congress Members

Kevin Gosztola | November 18, 2013

A Yemeni civil engineer, who spoke at the 2013 Drone Summit organized by the peace group, CODEPINK, has come to the United States to share his story about how a US drone strike killed his two relatives.

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Yemeni Man To Meet With Congress About US Drone Strikes That Killed His Relatives

Rania Khalek | November 11, 2013

“The villagers marched the next day, chanting: ‘Obama, why do you spill our blood?’”

Faisal bin ali Jaber, a Yemeni man whose relatives were killed in a US drone strike, is traveling to the United States this week to tell his story to Congress and human rights activists at this weekend’s Drone Summit (which I’m covering for Truthout, FYI).

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The Illegality, Illegitimacy & Immorality of U.S. Drone Strikes

Larry Everest | November 4, 2013

For the past 12 years, following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States has been waging what it initially called a global "war on terror." Through various adjustments and "rebrandings," this has included the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq; the construction of a massive apparatus to spy on people all over the world; and increasingly global drone warfare: missiles fired from unmanned aircraft, or drones.

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New Films on US Drone Wars

October 30, 2013

Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars

For a limited time, you can stream Robert Greenwald's new film for free. 

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The Dirtiness of U.S. Drone War

Debra Sweet | October 23, 2013

Almost 5 years after the spike in U.S. use of targeted killing of people via drone by the Obama administration (thousands have been killed), the United Nations, or rather its special rapporteur Ben Emmerson, has released a report saying these drone strikes by the United States have killed civilians by the hundreds, or more, and should be carried out in accordance with international law.

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The United Nations… of Drones?

Protesting drone war and surveillance at the U.N. this weekDebra Sweet | September 26, 2013

This week World Can’t Wait joins kNOwdrones.com and Granny Peace Brigade in ambitious outreach across Manhattan to protest U.S. drones for warfare & surveillance.  We have 3 replica drones and volunteers of all ages.  We talk about how drones are used in targeted killing.  Each lunch hour we’re in key parts of the city, talking to people about why secret, dirty, wars employing horrific technology should be opposed.  The campaign, which is being launched while the U.N. General Assembly meets here in NYC, includes a demand for a world ban on weaponized and surveillance drones.

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Child Killed in Drone Strike Weeks After Obama Pledges End to Civilian Casualties

by Cora Currier | July 1, 2013

“They may not have realized who was in the car. Or they may have realized it and decided collateral damage was okay.”

On June 9, a U.S. drone fired on a vehicle in a remote province of Yemen and killed several militants, according to media reports.

It soon emerged that among those who died was a boy – 10-year-old Abdulaziz, whose elder brother, Saleh Hassan Huraydan, was believed to be the target of the strike. A McClatchy reporter recently confirmed the child’s death with locals.

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