Category: drones

Action alert: we need the truth about drones

When the CIA says there aren’t that many civilians being killed in drone strikes, we should trust them—right? Wrong.We’ve seen far too many examples lately of the government not being straight with Congress and the public. There are independent groups that document the casualties from drone strikes, but the […]

To strike or not to strike?

Supporters of the administration’s targeted killing policy often point out that armed drones are far more precise than other means of air warfare. In a particularly weak defense of the policy, Amitai Etzioni writes: Most important, critics often conflate two distinct issues: Should we kill terrorists that cannot […]

Bringing the human cost of the drone war to the Senate

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held a hearing entitled “Drone Wars: The Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing.” It’s crucial that the Senate is raising important questions about targeted killings, and disappointing (though unfortunately not all that surprising) […]

Not so targeted

The administration and many members of Congress have insisted that the US’s targeted killing program focuses on surgical strikes against Al Qaeda leaders and “associated forces,” with the utmost care given to avoiding civilian casualties. New information uncovered by McClatchy confirms what outside experts and advocates have long […]

The fog around drones casualties

An impressive new interactive infographic provides a striking example of how much the drone war in Pakistan has escalated during the Obama administration. It also highlights the lack of clarity around just who is killed by this barrage of drone strikes. The creator Wesley Grubbs talked to Popular […]