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Drone Lobbyists Buzzing over DC

Drone Lobbyists Buzzing over DC
With the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) preparing the legal framework under which unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) will be regulated in the United States, business interests from all sectors are amassing armies of legal analysts and lobbyists in hopes that their bottom lines are part of the ultimate equation.
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New Bill Would Force President Obama to Publish Drone Strike Casualties

New Bill Would Force President Obama to Publish Drone Strike Casualties
A bipartisan bill that would force President Obama to reveal casualties from covert US drone strikes has been put before the US Congress.
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White House Lays Out Case for Killing American Citizen without Trial

White House Lays Out Case for Killing American Citizen without Trial
A little more than two weeks after reporting by the Associated Press revealed that the Obama administration was "considering" the extrajudicial targeted killing of a U.S. citizen it accuses of "terrorist activity" abroad, new and similar reporting on Friday by the New York Times is extending the president's case for assassinating a man now known as Abdullah al-Shami, a U.S.-born American citizen believed to be living in Pakistan.
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Civilian Drone Deaths Triple in Afghanistan, UN Agency Finds

Civilian Drone Deaths Triple in Afghanistan, UN Agency Finds
The report, by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama), found that drone strikes accounted for at least a third of all civilian deaths in air strikes last year. Unama notes that it is sometimes difficult to establish which type of aircraft carried out a strike, so the true total could be higher.
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US Diplomat: Each US Drone Attack Creates '40 to 60' New Enemies

US Diplomat: Each US Drone Attack Creates '40 to 60' New Enemies
"My former colleagues are probably going to get upset with me," says former diplomat who calls out US government for failed strategy in Yemen.The U.S. military, according to one former diplomat with a frontrow seat to its drone policy in Yemen, is creating new terrorists in that country at breakneck speed.
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Yemeni Journalist, Held for Exposing US Drone Strike, Is Freed

Yemeni Journalist, Held for Exposing US Drone Strike, Is Freed
Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a Yemeni journalist who was kept in prison for three years at the request of the Obama administration after he uncovered a deadly U.S. drone strike in which dozens of innocent Yemeni civilians were killed, was finally released from prison on Tuesday.
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Obama Administration Admits Drone Attacks Killed 4 US Citizens

Obama Administration Admits Drone Attacks Killed 4 US Citizens
The Obama administration acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that four American citizens have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen since 2009. The disclosure to Congress comes on the eve of a major national security speech by President Barack Obama in which he plans to pledge more transparency to Congress in his counterterrorism policy.
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A Liberal's Defense of Drones

A Liberal's Defense of Drones
Civil liberties and justice are important values of America, and I do not believe in government becoming drunk on power or a president acting as king. However, President Obama and his defense team have done neither.
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Brennan Defends Drone Strikes, Even on American Citizens

Brennan Defends Drone Strikes, Even on American Citizens
CIA Director-designate John Brennan's vigorous defense of drone strikes to kill terror suspects — even American citizens — overseas is causing key lawmakers to consider lifting secrecy from what has become an important weapon in the fight against al-Qaida.
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Drone Strikes Test Legal Grounds for War on Terror

Drone Strikes Test Legal Grounds for War on Terror
President Obama, like President George W. Bush before him, has claimed that the 2001 authorization is the domestic legal basis of the authority to kill and detain not only members of al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan but also their “associated forces.”
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