Tag: drone strikes

Drone operator says he’s haunted by time in squadron that killed 1,626 by remote control: ‘The number made me sick to my stomach’

A former U.S. air force drone operator has described how he is haunted by his time as a “remote killer” functioning in “zombie mode” in missions over Afghanistan and Iraq that claimed more than 1,600 lives. Brandon Bryant, a retired airman who operated remote-controlled Predator aircraft from U.S. bases in Nevada and New Mexico, offers…

Secret memos show Pakistan tacitly approved drone strikes

Top Pakistani officials, despite publicly denouncing the CIA’s drone campaign, have for years secretly endorsed the program and routinely received classified briefings on strikes and casualty counts, according to top-secret CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos obtained by The Washington Post. The files describe dozens of drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal region and include maps…

Obama To Reduce Drone Strikes

Just one day after the White House admitted to killing four Americans through targeted drone strikes, President Obama plans to announce new restrictions on the use of the unmanned aircrafts. The president’s counterterrorism speech—the first to date in his second term—is likely to center on reducing the CIA’s involvement in deciding when drone strikes are…

Drones Killing Innocent Pakistanis, U.N. Official Says

Drones Killing Innocent Pakistanis, U.N. Official Says Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson just returned from the region, where he listened to residents talk about terrifying encounters with one of America’s weapons in the war on terror. “Adult males carrying out ordinary daily tasks were frequently the victims of such strikes,” the statement from the U.N. office…

Brennan Defends Drone Strikes, Even On Americans

Brennan defends drone strikes, even on Americans CIA Director-designate John Brennan strongly defended anti-terror attacks by unmanned drones Thursday under close questioning at a protest-disrupted confirmation hearing. On a second controversial topic, he said that after reading a classified intelligence report on harsh interrogation techniques, he does not know if waterboarding has yielded useful information.…

U.S. Justice Department Memo Lays Out Legal-Argument Of When Targeted Drone Killings (Even Against U.S. Citizens) Are OK

An internal Justice Department memo says it is legal for the government to kill U.S. citizens abroad if it believes they are senior al-Qaida leaders continually engaged in operations aimed at killing Americans. The document, reported Monday by NBC News, provides a legal rationale behind the Obama administration’s use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects.…