Tag Archives: UAVs

Henry A. Giroux; ISIS and the Spectacle of Terrorism—Resisting Mainstream Workstations of Fear

Surely, fighting “the inhuman” does not justify the indiscriminate killing of Syrian civilians by drones and high-tech fighter jets, among other dastardly crimes? The human and inhuman too often bleed into each other, destroying this wretched, unreflective rhetoric. This is a dangerous binary because it closes down questions of history, politics, power, justice and the […]

Drones: Targeted Killings Are Coming Back to the US

While most international organizations and foreign states have made attempts to explicitly fuse drones and targeted killing to already established norms, ethics, and rules of war, the United States has focused more on drones being something of a semi-covert tool of political means. In other words, drone war is not necessarily the exact same thing […]

Tomas van Houtryve: A Sky Full of Cameras (Drones)

 “Although a huge amount of footage has been collected, the program is classified, and few people have ever seen images of the drone war and its casualties. This seems like a paradox in our thoroughly media-connected age. How can America be involved in a decade-long war where the sky is buzzing with cameras, and yet […]

Frida Berrigan: Grandmother Sentenced to Prison for Protesting US Drone Base

Grady Flores’ one-year sentence is the result of a strange legal sleight of hand that positions the Hancock Air Base commander, Col. Earl A. Evans, as the victim of protests. By Frida Berrigan  BillMoyers.com  August 13, 2014 This post originally appeared at  In These Times. “This has got to stop.” Judge David Gideon’s words refer not […]

DRONES: Free Online Screening on July 30th — You’ll Want to See This

There’s a chance to watch DRONES, the movie, online on July 30th and then to join a discussion with filmmakers and experts. By David Swanson  WarIsACrime.org  July 28, 2014 The movie’s website is at http://dronesthefilm.com and the free screening is at http://demandprogress.tv/drones I saw a screening of this film back in November at the drone summit in DC. It’s wonderful. I was […]

David Swanson: So That’s Why They Kept the Drone Kill Memo Secret

Now that the U.S. government has released parts of its We-Can-Kill-People-With-Drones memo, it’s hard to miss why it was kept secret until now.  By davidswanson  WarIsACrime.org  23 June 2014 Liberal professors and human rights groups and the United Nations were claiming an inability to know whether drone murders were legal or not because they hadn’t seen the […]

How And Why The Media Failed On Covering Drone Wars

Above: No Drone New England MIT protest drone By Greg Mitchell, www.thenation.com  PopularResistance.org  June 1st, 2014 This week Secretary of State John Kerry, a drone war enthusiast, was rightly mocked for telling Edward Snowden to “man up” and return to the US. But it was easy criticism when the implications of death-by-drone deserve a deeper dive. And […]

Brian Terrell, Lie: Drones Are Not A Better Way Of War

Force Protection Alpha in Effect By Brian Terrell, www.vcnv.org  June 1st, 2014 Above photo: A victim of a drone attack in Pakistan. Daniel Berehulak/Getty On April 15, 2014, when the story broke on the world that the Central Intelligence Agency’s covert program of assassination by remotely controlled drones is not distinct from the drone program of the […]

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 […]

▶ Anti-War Committee Chicago: No Drone Boeing Campaign

Rise Up Times Editor’s Note:  The CEO of Boeing is one of the .01 percent, making him not just one of the wealthiest CEOs, but one of the wealthiest people in the country. Boeing is a major manufacturer of military drones, holding millions of dollars in U.S. government contracts. Boeing headquarters is in Chicago. The Anti-War […]

▶ Jon Stewart Daily Show: Romancing the Drone

Published on Feb 21, 2014 The Obama administration explores the legal ramifications of aerial citizen reduction programs.  THE DAILY SHOW Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today. Find us on Twitter at Rise Up Times (@touchpeace). Rise Up […]

▶ Cornel West speaks at Drone Summit, “Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance”

Dr. Cornel West and Q and A with Medea and Dr. West Cornel West was a featured speaker at a summit on drones, “Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance.” He talked about the relationship between the military and Wall Street.  codepinkaction  Published on Nov 25, 2013 View Full Event (3 Programs) Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise […]

Heather Linebaugh: I Worked on the US Drone Program. The Public Should Know What Really Goes On

Few of the politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue how it actually works (and doesn’t) by Heather Linebaugh  Published on Sunday, December 29, 2013 by the Guardian/UK The Elbit Systems Hermes 450 is an Israeli medium size multi-payload unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed for tactical long endurance missions. Whenever I read […]

▶ Peace Activist Kathy Kelly at CIA Drone Protest

There is a war going on. Published on Dec 14, 2013 Kathy Kelly speaks about the drone attacks in Yemen and Afghanistan and the effects they’re having on the people, villages and communities. She says that people are afraid of the drone attacks and that they’re willing to speak when she visits them. Their only request […]

Glenn Greenwald: UK detention of Reprieve activist consistent with NSA’s view of drone opponents as ‘threats’ and ‘adversaries’

A top secret NSA document provides context for yesterday’s abusive detention of Baraa Shiban • Read the excerpts of the drone document here Glenn Greenwald  theguardian.com, Wednesday 25 September 2013 13.17 EDT A well-known and highly respected Yemeni anti-drone activist was detained yesterday by UK officials under that country’s “anti-terrorism” law at Gatwick Airport, where he had traveled to speak […]

Ken Butigan> Challenging the ‘disposition matrix’ and its ever-expanding kill list

Challenging the ‘disposition matrix’ and its ever-expanding kill list “After September 11, 2001, though, this kind of thinking was trumped by the promise of safety manufactured by war abroad and increased surveillance at home. The choice was freedom or security, as if these are opposites. Now we are reaping the consequences . . .” by Ken […]

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 […]

Ray McGovern> Silence of the Drones

Silence of the Drones The [Stanford/NYU] study cites statistics complied by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the non-profit organization based at City University in London, indicating 474 to 884 civilian deaths since 2004, including 176 children. The Bureau, a non-profit organization based at City University in London, has eyewitness sources on the ground in Pakistan. […]