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  • Obama Worries Future Presidents Will Wage Perpetual, Covert Drone War

    10/05/2016 12:13:57 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 31 replies
    Intercept, the | 03 October 2016 | Ryan Devereaux, Alex Emmons
    President Obama warns in a new interview of a future in which a U.S. president could engage in perpetual covert wars “all over the world.” But he claims that the accountability and transparency measures he is instituting will make that less likely. In the interview, with New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait, Obama expressed agreement with one of the most salient critiques of his drone war, that it risks creating “institutional comfort and inertia with what looks like a pretty antiseptic way of disposing of enemies.” Obama explained that he had looked at “the way in which the number of drone...
  • If Obama apologized for 1 civilian drone victim every day, it would take him 3 years

    04/26/2015 5:57:33 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    Global Post ^ | 4-24-2015 | Allison Jackson
    This week, President Obama expressed regret for two western hostages held by Al Qaeda and accidentally killed in an "anti-terrorist operation." The deaths of these two men — American consultant Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, both of whom had been held by Al Qaeda for several years — were indeed tragic. It would be bad enough if they were the only innocent victims killed by the US in the "War on Terror." But they aren’t. Over a thousand civilians — including dozens of Westerners — are among the thousands of people who have died in US...
  • U.S. Citizen May Be Targeted With Drone Strike: Reports

    02/10/2014 11:17:52 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    NPR ^ | February 10, 2014 | Mark Memmott
    "An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year," those officials tell The Associated Press. The wire service writes that "four U.S. officials said the American suspected terrorist is in a country that refuses U.S. military action on its soil and that has proved unable to go after him." The Washington Post, which has followed up on the AP report,...
  • Book Alleges Obama Told Aides About Drone Strikes: I’m ‘Really Good At Killing People’

    11/03/2013 1:41:28 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    CBS ^ | 11/3/13
    A new book covering the 2012 presidential campaign uncovers a series of scathing remarks from political figures, but one alleged comment has stirred controversy around President Barack Obama and his administration’s use of targeted drone strikes. Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s book “Double Down: Game Change 2012” notes President Obama commenting on drone strikes, reportedly telling his aides that he’s “really good at killing people.”
  • New book: Obama told aides that drones make him 'really good at killing people'

    11/04/2013 9:04:47 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 21 replies
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 11-4-13
    President Barack Obama is criticized every day for the problems and difficulties associated with the Affordable Care Act. But in the long term, it's likely history will scrutinize the CIA’s use of drone strikes during his administration with a far more critical eye.
  • Obama says he’s practically a killing machine

    11/05/2013 8:27:33 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies
    Allen West ^ | 11/4/13 | Allen West
    According to a story by Michael Kelly of the Business Insider, it seems President Obama regards himself as one tough hombre. Reminds me of another liberal progressive president involved in a low- to mid-intensity war — Lyndon B. Johnson. Of course you might think it’s something the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner wouldn’t want to brag about. But according to the new book Double Down in which journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann chronicle the 2012 presidential election, Obama told his aides he’s “really good at killing people” while discussing drone strikes. Why, he’s simply the definition of bravery and...
  • Drones struggle to shed bad image as global fleet expands

    06/20/2013 9:20:57 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 5 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 06/21/2013 | Sarah Dilorenzo
    LE BOURGET, FRANCE – Unmanned aircraft have helped rescue stranded hikers, worked to contain wildfires and gathered data at nuclear disasters. One helped a Russian tanker find its way through Arctic ice to bring oil to a stranded Alaskan community. These remote-controlled planes have many more potential peacetime uses. But unmanned aircraft have an image problem: They are also known as drones. That word conjures up pilotless planes dropping bombs or spying in war zones. But industry officials and regulators say the day is coming when unmanned aircraft will be regularly used for more mundane purposes — and people will...
  • What's the real story with Obama and his drone war contrition?

    05/30/2013 9:24:18 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-29-13 | DrJohn
    Exactly what's going on? No sooner does Obama make a speech about restricting the use of drones does he kill again: It took all of six days for President Obama to undermine his own new rules about restricting drone strikes. On Wednesday morning, Pakistani security sources reported that a U.S. drone strike killed four people near the North Waziristani city of Mirim Shah. One of them, apparently, is Wali ur-Rehman, the second in command of the Pakistani Taliban, although the group for now denies Rehman is dead. Still, if you listened to Obama’s big speech on counterterrorism Thursday, you could...
  • VANITY- Are there's special ops guys practicing raids on the homes of conservative pundits?

    03/06/2013 9:50:11 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 13 replies
    March 6 2013 | NLZ
    Given the presidents, DNC's and EVERY MSM outlets belief that the US military can be used to assassinate US Citizens, there must be teams practicing raids on reproductions of Rush's home by now.
  • Al-Qaeda's 22 tips for dodging drone attacks: list in full [ Good for TeaParty & others Obama hates]

    02/21/2013 5:04:52 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 15 replies ^ | Feb 21 2013 | AP
    The list in full (English): 1. It is possible to know the intention and the mission of the drone by using the Russianmade “sky grabber” device to infiltrate the drone’s waves and the frequencies. The device is available in the market for $2,595 and the one who operates it should be a computer know-how. 2. Using devices that broadcast frequencies or pack of frequencies to disconnect the contacts and confuse the frequencies used to control the drone. The Mujahideen have had successful experiments using the Russian-made “Racal.” 3. Spreading the reflective pieces of glass on a car or on the...
  • Graham, Paul split on U.S. drone strikes, impact of upcoming $85B spending cuts

    02/17/2013 3:44:04 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 6 replies
    Fox News | Feb 17 2013 | FNS
    op Senate Republicans disagreed Sunday over who should authorize drone strikes on Americans suspected of terrorism. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., affirmed his position that a federal court, not President Obama, should make the decision, while Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told “Fox News Sunday” that having a court decide would be “the worst thing in the world.” The issue of using unmanned aircraft, known as drones, has been a controversial issue since Americans learned last year that Obama was secretly and personally ordering such strikes. The issue returned to the forefront last week when the president agreed to give House and...
  • Tina Brown: Obama Would "Be Impeached By Now For Drones, If He Was George W. Bush"

    02/09/2013 7:54:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 8, 2013
    On the web-only "Overtime" segment of HBO's "Real Time" with host Bill Maher, guest Tina Brown, editor in chief of Newsweek/Daily Beast, said if President Obama were former President George W. Bush he would have been impeached by now.
  • As CIA Drone War Deaths Increase, So Does Anti-U.S. Sentiment

    08/03/2012 9:40:01 PM PDT · by robowombat · 26 replies
    New American ^ | Friday, 03 August 2012 11:45 | Joe Wolverton, II
    Friday, 03 August 2012 11:45 As CIA Drone War Deaths Increase, So Does Anti-U.S. Sentiment Written by Joe Wolverton, II At a conference of top Pakistani and American officials in Aspen, Colorado, Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, criticized the Central Intelligence Agency’s drone warfare in Pakistan, describing it as having reached the point of “diminishing returns” and contributing to the growing anti-American sentiment in the country. “This adds to the pool of recruits we’re fighting against,” Rehman said at the Aspen Security Forum held July 25-28. With Pakistan’s spy chief, Lt. General Zaheerul Islam is scheduled to...