“We Can’t Find Justification for These Killings” Human Rights Groups Blast US Drone Attacks

Alex Kane AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/world/amnesty-international-and-human-rights-watch-reports-drones Two leading human rights organizations have released investigative reports into U.S. drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan. Amnesty International, which focused on drones trikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas, and Human Rights Watch, which looked at attacks in Yemen, found that some drone strikes were carried out unlawfully and...

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Drones, the Media and Malala’s Message

Peter Hart FAIR blog Drones, the Media and Malala’s Message Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai’s visit to the United States was widely covered in the media, including interviews with ABC‘s Diane Sawyer (10/11/13), CNN’s Christiane Amanpour (10/14/13) and Jon Stewart of the Daily Show (10/8/13). She was selected as ABC‘s “Person of the Week” on October 11,...

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5 Myths Used to Justify Death By Drone and America’s Assassination Policy

Robert Greenwald AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/world/5-big-myths-used-justify-death-drone-and-americas-imperial-assassination-policy?paging=off Obama’s drone war relies on propaganda to keep the American public from understanding the inhumanity of high-tech drone killings. America’s never-ending war on terrorism is almost always depicted in the mainstream media as a military and intelligence agency fight on a global battlefield. But it is...

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10 Ways to Reduce the Threat of Terrorist Attacks on Americans

Medea Benjamin Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/06-3 This 10-point plan would significantly reduce terrorist threats, save taxpayers billions of dollars and make Americans more loved and admired in the world. After a decade of wielding the military stick, it’s time for some carrots. Declare a moratorium on drone strikes: The head of Al-Qaeda,...

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Welcome to Post-Constitution America

Peter Van Buren TomDispatch.com http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175732/tomgram%3A_peter_van_buren%2C_the_manning_trial_began_on_9_11/ On July 30, 1778, the Continental Congress created the first whistleblower protection law, stating “that it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States to give the earliest information to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds, or misdemeanors committed...

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Here Come the Drone Wars in America — The Public vs. Overzealous Police

Charlotte Silver Al Jazeera English http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/drones?page=0%2C1&paging=off Using drones for surveillance in the US won’t make overzealous police behaviour or lack of accountability disappear. Recently, outgoing director of the FBI Robert Mueller revealed that his agency has used drones to conduct surveillance in the United States. Mueller’s casual admission serves as an opportune...

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‘Signature Strikes’ and Obama’s Empty Rhetoric on Drones

Arianna Huffington Huffington Post http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/signature-strikes-and-obamas-empty-rhetoric-drones?paging=off On March 17, 2011, four Hellfire missiles, fired from a U.S. drone, slammed into a bus depot in the town of Datta Khel in Pakistan’s Waziristan border region. An estimated 42 peoplewere killed. It was just another day in America’s so-called war on terror. To most...

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