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.

NO to German military using weaponized drones

Debra Sweet | June 2, 2020 

droneRockCenterThe German Bundestag is set to decide soon whether its mlitary will deploy weaponized drones.  It's not a minor question, given that the whole world was thrown into war when the Nazis attacked Europe and because fascist and right-wing parties are again seriously contending for power in Germany. Germany, to its credit, signed on to the call by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for a worldwide ceasefire during the Covid-19 pandemic and could take a further stand against endless war by refusing to take part in the crimes against humanity carried out via drone warfare.


We Must Reach Out To Tech Giant Workers Now

Richie Marini | July 6, 2018

googledronesOn June 27, 2018, a small group of us consisting of members of The World Can’t Wait, Know Drones, Refuse fascism and World Beyond War set up an eight- foot long model of the U.S. military Reaper drone outside of Google offices in New York City. 

Why? Because Google was developing image recognition algorithms using artificial intelligence for the U.S. military, as part of a project called “Maven”, to be used with military drones.  Currently, these death machines are controlled remotely by members of the U.S. military staring at computer screens, as if they’re playing video games, except they’re killing very real people and causing very real “collateral damage” in which very real innocent civilians are killed.  And now, thanks to Google and the artificially intelligent image recognition algorithms they developed, these drones can detect, suggest and choose targets on their own.


Madiha Tahir podcast: Drones & The Military Present

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This four-part series explores various aspects of how the present is shaped by war. To do so, we've invited anthropologists to help usmake sense of the current political moment.


Drone Organizers Bulletin

Nick Mottern, | January 7, 2018


In the weeks of the winter holidays - spending time with my family, cooking, sending cards, buying presents - I had gnawing at me that knowledge that I would be writing this new year's bulletin. [Continue reading...]


Increased Drone Atrocities on the Way

Nick Mottern, | March 3, 2017

Will U.S. drone killings increase under Donald Trump?  The evidence says “Yes,” in part because expansion of the killer drone program was baked into cake by Barack Obama.

Last year, the USAF was reported to have plans to increase daily drone combat patrols from 60 per day now to 90 per day in 2019. 


First U.S. Drone Strikes Under Trump

World Can't Wait | January 24, 2017

Obama's policy of unprovoked attacks on sovereign nations continues.

"The reliability of the determinations on who was slain in any given strike has been in substantial doubt during the Saudi war in Yemen," posts Jason Ditz at, "as most of the US special forces who had been spotting targets were withdrawn in the lead-up to the war, and it's not clear how they get intelligence on who they're aiming at." 

There is no better time to stop the crimes of your government.


3 Years Later, Under Court Order, Obama Administration Releases Redacted Drone Strike "Playbook"

Debra Sweet | August 10, 2016

28558740021 ff3c18be74 zIn May 2013, Obama finally acknowledged the U.S. military targeted killing program, and said he would explain how people are chosen to be killed.  But it still took an ACLU lawsuit to get the material made public.  As if it's all a game, the administration refers to the guidelines as a "playbook."


Demand a Truthful Accounting of Drone Strikes

Debra Sweet | July 11, 2016

obamapaintingYielding to pressure from critics of his killer drone practice, President Obama released fictional figures on civilian casualties this past Friday. In a classic "bury the news over the holiday weekend" move, and after delaying the promised disclosure for many months, the Obama administration said that, since 2009, the combined CIA and military assassination targeted killing programs had claimed the lives of "between 64 and 116" non-combatants and about 2,500 suspected terrorists (military-aged males in designated war zones). Both tallies are ridiculously low compared to estimates compiled by independent watchdogs at the Long War Journal and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.


In Saving for Your Future, Are You Supporting Drone Attacks and Prisons?

Amanda Bass and J. Celso Castro Alves, Truthout | May 10, 2016

drone2016 0510dr Twenty-two-year-old Samantha Morris is a social worker at an Alabama-based nonprofit organization who works hard to attend to the needs of men and women recently released from prison or still incarcerated. When she began her job in 2015, she declined the nonprofit's offer to allocate a portion of her monthly wages into a 401(k) account. "At the time, I didn't want to take money out of my paycheck every month to invest through the organization that I work for," Morris said. However, like many young professionals anxious about their future, Morris found it prudent to save money, if possible, by investing in stocks and mutual funds.


Drone Operators Now to be Considered Combatants

Debra Sweet | April 21, 2016

droneopsBrian Terrell of Voices for Creative Non Violence writes, "Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III authorized RPA aircrews to log combat time when flying an aircraft within designated hostile airspace, regardless of the aircrew's physical location."


Drone victims speak out, ahead of Obama's civilian deaths estimate

Reprieve | April 21, 2016

A video project launched today by the Guardian and Reprieve details the civilian impact of the US covert drone programme, through the voices of those who have lost family members to the strikes.

In the video interviews, six clients of the human rights organization Reprieve – all of whom lost innocent family members to covert US drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen – talk about the aftermath of those strikes, and the difficulties of ‘life after drones’ without accountability for the killings.


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World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.