Tag Archives: predator drones

Marjorie Cohn: One Day Soon, That Drone Overhead May Be Pointing a Taser at You

Cohn: Heyns warned the U.N. General Assembly that the use of armed drones by law enforcement could threaten human rights. “An armed drone, controlled by a human from a distance, can hardly do what police officers are supposed to do—use the minimum force required by the circumstances,” he said.

US Wants To Increase Global Lethal And Surveillance Drone Flights To 30,000 By 2019

Bernish: Ironically, this news comes on the heels of a report that — because of what amounts to sibling rivalry — around $500 million has been wasted in attempts to bring the Air Force and Army into a combined drone purchasing program of the same Predator drones whose flights are now to be increased.

The Global Drone Trade, by the Numbers

From the article: Between 2010 and 2014, the organization’s data shows, 439 drones passed through international hands, compared with 322 in the previous five years. Israel delivered 165 units. The U.S. came in second with 132…

▶ BBC: Former Air Force Drone Operator Remembers His ‘First Hellfire Shot’

Former Air Force pilot Brandon Bryant worked in the U.S. Predator program for four and a half years. truthdig.com  January 21, 2015 BBC During that time, he was told, he aided in killing 1,626 people in Afghanistan and other countries through the use of drones. In the BBC’s video interview with Bryant below, he recalls […]

Tom Barry: Dysfunctional Drones Underscore Mission Mess at Homeland Security

Support by the White House and DHS for the use of military-grade drones persists even as criticism of the program mounts.

Pratap Chatterjee: The Three Faces of Drone War, Speaking Truth From the Robotic Heavens 

Originally posted on Rise Up Times:
 Tomgram: The True Costs of Remote Control War By Pratap Chatterjee  TomDispatch.com  May 11, 2014 Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. Enemies, innocent victims, and soldiers have always made up the three faces of war. With war growing more distant, with drones capable of performing on the battlefield while their “pilots”…

Pratap Chatterjee: The Three Faces of Drone War, Speaking Truth From the Robotic Heavens 

 Tomgram: The True Costs of Remote Control War By Pratap Chatterjee  TomDispatch.com  May 11, 2014 Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. Enemies, innocent victims, and soldiers have always made up the three faces of war. With war growing more distant, with drones capable of performing on the battlefield while their “pilots” remain thousands of miles away, two […]

The US Military Approves Bombing Children

Some Afghan kids aren’t bystanders If Our Drones Are So Accurate, Why Do Their Missiles Keep Hitting Children?  Obama’s Drone Presidency There must be accountability for US drone strikes Robert Dreyfuss, Nation December 4, 2012 | In October, I blogged about an incident in Afghanistan in which three small children were killed in a US […]

Coleen Rowley> U.S. drone attacks are imprecise, counterproductive

U.S. drone attacks are imprecise, counterproductive Posted on October 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm By Coleen Rowley, Guest Columnist,  Morrison County Record Camp Ripley Commander Col. Scott A. St. Sauver made some valid points in his opinion piece, “Unmanned Aircraft Systems save lives, money” (Sept. 28). He also put some spin on the lethal and counterproductive aspects. […]

William Astore> Huffington Post> Are Drones Keeping Us in a Losing Cause Longer?

Are Drones Keeping Us in a Losing Cause Longer? William Astore  Posted: 09/26/2012 11:22 am Huffington Post There’s little question that unmanned aerial vehicles or drones are helping to save the lives of U.S. and NATO troops in places like Afghanistan while aiding in the killing of terrorist suspects in regions largely inaccessible to ground troops. But the […]

Ed Kinane> Drones Over the Americas

“Santa’s Sleigh” Over Venezuela? Drones Over the Americas by ED KINANE  September 7-9, 2012  Counterpunch Syracuse, New York. Like the School of the Americas, the weaponized drone perpetrates terrorism. As Predator drones come to Ft. Benning, some SOA Watch activists are applying our SOAW experience to “outing” the Predator and Reaper drones already in our […]

Video> Al Jazeera> Attack of the Drones

Published on Jul 18, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish The US government’s growing reliance on aerial drones to pursue its war on al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Yemen, Afghanistan and elsewhere is proving controversial. As governments are increasingly relying on drones, what are the consequences for civil liberties and the future of war? Subscribe or “Follow” us on riseuptimes.wordpress.com. For the TC […]

Logo for the U.S. Navy’s executive offices for its drone planes

Glenn Greenwald, posted this logo at the end of an article called Extremism Normalized (previously posted on WAMMToday).

Predator drones to start operations over North Dakota

Predator drones to start operations over North Dakota Published: 27 July, 2012, 22:03   RT   The FAA has authorized the use of remote-controlled Predator drones in the airspace above nearly 10,000 acres in North Dakota. As of this fall, unmanned military aircraft will use lasers to aim at ground targets from nearly 2 miles above […]

Kathy Kelly> The Longest War

The Longest War By Kathy Kelly    VCNW   July 2012 Overcoming Lies and Indifference This article was first published by the Mobilizing Ideas website. In April of 2003, I returned from Iraq after having lived there during the U.S. Shock and Awe bombing and the initial weeks of the invasion. Before the bombing I had traveled […]

Clifford J. Tasner> Bring on the Drones

Bring on the Drones By Clifford J. Tasner     L.A. Progressive Posted on WAMMToday April 22, 2012 Felonius Ax here reporting from the utterly exclusive world of the Billionaires: We’re hearing a lot of exciting news about what a great job predator drones are doing in expanding even more of our ever-expanding War On Terror.  It’s our […]

Polly Mann> That’s No Harvest Moon in the Sky, Honey

That’s No Harvest Moon in the Sky, Honey By Polly Mann  WAMM Newsletter   December/January   2011/2012 That’s a predator drone. Those objects in the sky are what you might be seeing if you’re somewhere near the Canadian or Mexican borders. They’re out scouting for illegal immigrants, drug runners or terrorists. They can remain airborne […]