Drone strikes on rescuers in Pakistan – New report says yes

If civilian ‘rescuers’ are indeed being intentionally targeted, there is no doubt about the law: those strikes are a war crime.

by Chris Woods Bureau of Investigative Journalism August 1 Creative Commons Additional reporting by Mushtaq Yusufzai

A field investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in Pakistan’s tribal areas appears to confirm that the […]

Florida highway closed after drone crashes with still-active ‘small self-destruct charge’

Move along, nothing to see here…

(Raw Story) – An unmanned drone aircraft fell from the sky and exploded by a Florida highway on Wednesday morning, snarling traffic and closing the road for the next 24 hours. According to a statement from Florida’s Tyndall Air Force Base, State Highway 98 is closed “as a precautionary […]

US navy to attempt drone landing on aircraft carrier for first time

(The Guardian) – The US navy will attempt to land a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time, showcasing the military’s capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot can be asked to do.

A successful landing of the X-47B […]

John Brennan Doesn’t Rule Out Targeting Americans for Assassination in United States – Mark Karlin, Editor BuzzFlash and TruthOut

I’ve known Mark Karlin (online) for a while. As editor of BuzzFlash, he was generous enough to run my voting rights and other articles on more than a few occasions. He’s an excellent analyst in addition to his editorial skills and a solid progressive Democrat from Chicago. All the more reason to take his article […]

Code Pink, the Taliban and Malala Yousafzai

by Meredith Tax

(Originally posted by openDemocracy, republished under a Creative Commons license)

The US antiwar group Code Pink, which describes itself as “a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end US funded wars and occupations,” recently sent a delegation to Pakistsan to campaign against drones with Imran Khan. On October 9th, […]

Hezbollah Says It Flew Iranian-Designed Drone Into Israel

New York Times, By Anne Barnard, October 11

Beirut – Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese militant group and political party Hezbollah, declared Thursday that his fighters had assembled and piloted a drone that flew 35 miles into Israel on Saturday, calling the flight an unprecedented achievement in “the history of the resistance.”

In […]

Israeli air force shoots down drone over south of country

Reports suggest unmanned aircraft was for intelligence gathering and did not come from Gaza Strip

The Guardian, By Cass Jones, October 6

The Israeli air force has shot down a drone after it entered the south of the country, the military has confirmed.

Troops are searching for the remains of the unmanned aircraft after it […]

Sorry, Conor — Even Chomsky Says He’d Vote For Obama If He Lived In A Swing State

Via Raw Story:

MIT professor Noam Chomsky would vote for President Barack Obama if he lived in a swing state, but only to keep Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan out of the White House.

Chomsky explained last week on the Matthew Filipowicz Show that activists should not spend much time on the “carefully orchestrated electoral […]

White House secret meetings examine al-Qaeda threat in North Africa

Washington Post, By Greg Miller & Craig Whitlock, October 1

The White House has held a series of secret meetings in recent months to examine the threat posed by al-Qaeda’s franchise in North Africa and consider for the first time whether to prepare for unilateral strikes, U.S. officials said.

The deliberations reflect concern that al-Qaeda’s […]

Almost Half Of All Americans Support Domestic Surveillance Drones

Only one third fear for privacies

Infowars.com, Steve Watson, September 28

Close to half of Americans say they are in favor of police departments deploying surveillance drones domestically.

According to a survey conducted by The Associated Press and The National Constitution Center, 44 percent support the idea of police using unmanned aerial vehicles to track […]

Iran unveils new long-range drone

AP, By Ali Akbar Dareini & Nasser Karimi, September 25

Tehran, Iran – Iranian military leaders gave details of a new long-range drone and test fired four anti-ship missiles Tuesday in a prelude to upcoming naval war games planned in an apparent response to U.S.-led warship drills in the Persian Gulf.

The show of Iranian […]

Drones in Pakistan traumatise civilians, US report says

BBC, September 25

Civilians are being “terrorised” 24 hours a day by CIA drone attacks that target mainly low-level militants in north-west Pakistan, a US report [PDF] says.

Rescuers treating the casualties are also being killed and wounded by follow-up strikes, says the report by Stanford and New York Universities.

Drone attacks are thought […]