Drones: Plausible Deniability

The main obstacle to acknowledging the scope, legality, and oversight of U.S. targeted killings beyond traditional or “hot” battlefields is the division of lead executive authority between the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)—a sub-unit of the Department of Defense (DOD) Special Operations Command (SOCOM)—and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In particular, the U.S. government cannot…

US boycotts UN human rights conference with drone resolution looming

Pakistani leaders hope to convince the United Nations Human Rights Council to pass a resolution that would force US drone strikes to adhere to international law – a request that inspired the US to boycott the talks altogether. The resolution urges that all “states” using drones should ensure that they are complying “with their obligations…

Review of Mark Mazzetti’s The Way Of The Knife

 America’s counterterrorism: Targeted Killings and Drone Strikes. Everyone knew how the drones came about, long before the Predators’ route to Pakistan and elsewhere was acknowledged, and before some of us were able to bring ourselves to protest the loss of innocent lives by rising above our tolerance for collateral damage. “Things fall out of the…

Nuclear UAV Drones Could Fly for Months at a Time

A General Atomics MQ-9 (aka Predator B, Reaper or Guardian) UAV drone’s flight duration could be increased from days to months with the addition of a nuclear power source according to military research. Nuclear-powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that would increase operational flight durations from days to months are a technological possibility today, according to…

Obama Presidency Marred by Legacy of Drone Program

Throughout his term in office, President Obama has presided over misguided counterterrorism efforts. On January 21, 2013, Barack Obama was inaugurated for his second term as president of the United States. Just as he had promised when he began his first campaign for president six years earlier, he pledged again to turn the page on…

Nuclear Drones

The Secret Nuclear Drone Tech The US Government Hid Sandia National Laboratories cooks up some of the craziest new technologies you’ll ever see — and some you’ll never see. That’s the fate of a secret method for driving drones with nuclear power. The tech was uncovered in a document acquired by the Federation of American…