Hacktivists are Legitimate Targets for Killing According to NATO Cyberwar Manual

March 22, 2013 in News

Gizmodo | NATO (basically the Western powers-that-be) commissioned a report from a bunch of legal experts at the ‘NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence’ to suggest some rules for cyber-warfare. Well, the report’s in, and the suggestions are kinda surprising.

In Afghanistan, Drone Attacks Increase to Comprise a Quarter of All Missile Strikes

March 13, 2013 in News

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism | The now-deleted figures show unmanned aircraft fired nearly one in four of all missiles used in coalition airstrikes in January – up from just one in 20 in 2011.

Congress, Drones, and the Imperial Presidency

March 12, 2013 in News

Ron Paul | The administration’s outrageous response to the most serious Constitutional question of all – when a government can kill its own citizens – is clear evidence of an executive branch out of control.

UK: Suspects Stripped of Citizenship, Drone Killed

March 8, 2013 in News

The Independent | The Government has secretly ramped up a controversial programme that strips people of their British citizenship on national security grounds – with two of the men subsequently killed by American drone attacks.

Brennan Confirmation, Paul Filibuster Succeed in Raising Drone Strike Questions

March 7, 2013 in News

Huffington Post | The battle over the confirmation of John Brennan to be the next CIA director entered a final phase Wednesday as a cadre of senators, led by Kentucky Republican Rand Paul, shifted the spotlight to a shadowy piece of the nominee’s legacy…

Rand Paul Senate Filibuster of Brennan Nomination for CIA Director Continues into 8th Hour

March 6, 2013 in News

Washington Times | Mr. Paul said he would be glad to end his filibuster immediately, but only if the administration would promise not to make Americans in the U.S. the subject of targeted killings.

Attorney General Holder Says President Can Use Lethal Force to Drone-Kill Americans on US Soil

March 5, 2013 in News

Adam Serwer | Yes, the president does have the authority to use military force against American citizens on US soil—but only in “an extraordinary circumstance,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday.

Obama Administration Maintains Silence, Secrecy Concerning Drone Doctrine

February 28, 2013 in News

ProPublica | While President Obama pledged in his State of the Union address to be more transparent about drone policy, the administration appears to maneuvering to avoid sharing additional information with Congress.

Former White House Press Secretary Gibbs Says He Was Ordered To Deny Existence of Drone Program

February 25, 2013 in News

Marcy Wheeler | Kudos to Chris Hayes for getting his now MSNBC colleague Robert Gibbs to admit that he was instructed, effectively, to give a Glomar — neither confirm nor deny — about the drone program.

Will Conflating Leaks with National Security Threats Turn Journalists into Targets for Assassination?

February 23, 2013 in News

The New Yorker | In thinking about drones strikes and targeted killings, it can be instructive to picture them hitting people you know, either deliberately or as collateral damage. Doing so may not even be much of a stretch, nor should it be.