Who Are The Drones Killing? Why Are The Drones Killing?

The United States government is using drones to kill people in numerous countries. The following is a issues list related to the drone program, and a selection of relevant articles. If you wish to investigate a particular issue, the associated reference numbers in brackets correspond to webbed articles listed at the end on that issue.


  • Does the drone program exist to guard the nation against terrorist attacks, or is the drone program a facet of imperial control? [4] [20] [23] [30]
  • Is the drone program legal under U.S. and international law? [1] [3] [6] [9] [16] [31] [32]
  • Is the drone program cloaked in a veil of secrecy to prevent terrorists from learning about it, or to prevent the American people from learning about it? [7] [8] [10] [13] [27] [28] [29]
  • How many civilians are being killed by drones? [5] [9] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [18] [21] [25] [33]
  • What is the effect of drones killing civilians on the survivors? Will the nation suffer blow-back from the drone program? [11] [21] [23]
  • How much is expansion of the drone program, in both foreign and domestic realms, driven by lobbying conducted by the Merchants of Death? [2] [17]
  • Does the use of drones in foreign lands set a precedent for domestic drone use? [19] [22] [23] [24]
  • The President claims the power to kill anybody anywhere based on secret criteria, and his own determinations. Can we trust anybody with the powers of Zeus? [26]

Webbed Articles On The Drone Program

Each webbed article is represented by a shortened url in order to facilitate typing from a printed version of the article. In most browsers, you can omit the “http://” prefix(e.g., type “is.gd/Im6PQ0” instead of “http://is.gd/Im6PQ0”).

[1] http://is.gd/Im6PQ0 from http://www.theatlantic.com
The Unforgivable Failure of Congress to Rein in Drone Strikes by Conor Friedersdorf
Conor Friedersdorf urges Congress to define rules for drone warfare. Congress has saw fit to ignore the rule of law in every other context, why would anyone expect Congress to rein in drone strikes?

[2] http://is.gd/i3mlzx from spreadlibertynews.com
Congress and Money, Drone Industry Influencing Washington to Further Domestic Drones by Ezra Van Auken
The article describes how drone manufactures are showering Congress with money in order speed up the domestic drone program.

[3] http://is.gd/sJbvep from http://www.nytimes.com
Election Spurred a Move to Codify U.S. Drone Policy by Scott Shane
The intent was to create a set of legal procedures by fiat that Romney would be bound by if he was elected.

[4] http://is.gd/DGkvQd from antiwar.com
The Mundanity of a Criminal President by John Glaser
Mr. Glaser points out that the drone program is not a response to imminent threats. On the contrary, drones are part of an anti-insurgency program.

[5] http://is.gd/ciPBVw from http://www.fpif.org
U.S. Using Bad Info for Drone Strikes Like It Did for Detainees by Russ Wellen

[6] http://is.gd/Kjk2tS from http://www.cato.org
Continuing Devastating U.S. War Crimes by Nat Hentoff
The article discusses the effect of the drone program on the targeted countries.

[7] http://is.gd/BQiSPf from http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com
How the Washington Post Strips Casualties From Drone data by Chris Woods

[8] http://is.gd/reWrpb from http://www.guardian.co.uk
US detention of Imran Khan part of trend to harass anti-drone advocates by Glenn Greenwald
The intent is always to silence any dissent, and any whistle blowers.

[9] http://is.gd/vdkjZS from news.antiwar.com
UN to Establish Ongoing Investigations into Obama’s Drone War by John Glaser
The use of drones worldwide, double tap strikes, and attacks on funerals are
deemed war crimes.

[10] http://is.gd/9Jrvpf from http://www.guardian.co.uk
The Brookings Institution demands servile journalism by Glenn Greenwald
The article deals with the secrecy surrounding the drone program, and the inadequate response of journalists to that secrecy.

[11] http://is.gd/iyNuvQ from http://www.independent.co.uk
America is deluded by its drone-warfare propaganda by Patrick Cockburn
Mr. Cockburn questions the effectiveness of the drone program to do what it is advertised to do.

[12] http://is.gd/PWH5bR from http://www.guardian.co.uk
New Stanford/NYU study documents the civilian terror from Obama’s drones by Glenn Greenwald
The study documents inaccuracies, and outright lies, that the Obama administration has perpetuated about victims of the drone program. The article also discusses the terror that the drone program is visiting upon civilian populations.

[13] http://is.gd/hoYBMG from http://www.worldcantwait.net
Naming Those Killed in US Drone Strikes by Kevin Gosztola
The article talks about efforts to identify those killed by drone strikes. Since the result contradict administration claims, they are getting considerable push back.

[14] http://is.gd/Qb1sWQ from http://www.thenewamerican.com
Obama Lists His Five Criteria for Death by Drone by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
The article questions whether the advertised criteria are actually being followed.

[15] http://is.gd/vNQdfb from truth-out.org
Civilian Deaths From US Drone Attacks Much Higher Than Reported – Paul Jay interviews Gareth Porter

[16] http://is.gd/6YooHH from http://www.guardian.co.uk
US drone strikes target rescuers in Pakistan – and the west stays silent by Glenn Greenwald

[17] http://is.gd/dtpuGX from thenewamerican.com
U.S. Drone Manufacturers Contribute Millions to Congressional Campaigns by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D
The drone manufacturers want restrictions on international sales removed.

[18] http://is.gd/YPGwwX from http://www.theatlantic.com
CNN’s Bogus Drone-Deaths Graphic by Conor Friedersdorf
A CNN column claims that zero innocents have been killed during strikes inside Pakistan this year – information neither CNN nor anyone else can verify.

[19] http://is.gd/1F9JDY from rt.com
Drones over US to get weaponized – so far, non-lethally
Weapon technologies developed to fight wars abroad are finding their way back home to an increasingly militarized domestic law enforcement environment.

[20] http://is.gd/svOBdH from http://www.brookings.edu
Deadly Drone Strike on Muslims in the Southern Philippines by Akbar Ahmed
Drones are advertised as a tool to be used against terrorists. On the contrary, drones are actually used by the U.S. in support of client states against their own recalcitrant populations.

[21] http://is.gd/JvYINk from http://www.guardian.co.uk
We are sleepwalking into the Drone Age, unaware of the consequences by Clive Stafford Smith
Drone attacks are based on erroneous target criteria, including information provided by paid informants, who therefore have a motive to lie. The result is the death of innocent people, and widespread hatred for the U.S. “Obama first embraced a policy of taking no prisoners in order to avoid the embarrassing sore of Guantanamo.”

[22] http://is.gd/whHpv3 from http://www.theatlantic.com
Don’t Let John Yoo Talk You Into Domestic Drone Use by Police by Conor Friedersdorf

[23] http://is.gd/FXaanC from http://www.nytimes.com
Spy Balloons Become Part of the Afghanistan Landscape, Stirring Unease by Graham Bowley
Drones, and spy balloons for surveillance, become part of the strategy of imperial control. Rest assured that the Panopticon will return home to grace our own skies.

[24] http://is.gd/wSshIo from http://www.wired.com
Oops! Air Force Drones Can Now (Accidentally) Spy on You by Spencer Ackerman

[25] http://is.gd/5TfHNg from original.antiwar.com
Why I Interrupted Obama Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan by Medea Benjamin
Medea Benjamin publicly challenges the future head of the CIA.

[26] http://is.gd/wzUaz9 from http://www.salon.com
Obama escalates in Yemen – again by Glenn Greenwald

[27] http://is.gd/ezzj37 from http://www.aclu.org
Targeted Killing Drone Strikes: Secret or Not? The Government Wants It Both Ways by Nathan Freed Wessler
The government covers the drone program in a veil of secrecy while it selectively leaks information for propaganda purposes.

[28] http://is.gd/HnS6sN from http://www.independent.co.uk
Protests grow as civilian toll of Obama’s drone war on terrorism is laid bare by Andrew Buncombe and Issam Ahmed

[29] http://is.gd/YzSzrE from news.antiwar.com
Pakistan Secretly Helping US Drone Campaign by Jason Ditz
The above article is redolent of deep government. The intelligence services operate in secret, and are at least semi-independent of the public face of government represented by the civilian and the military.

[30] http://is.gd/XVViTx from http://www.alternet.org
America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases: Its Full Extent Revealed for the First Time by Nick Turse
The article describes the future of war.

[31] http://is.gd/w4loon from http://www.businessinsider.com
Obama May Need The NDAA To Justify Widespread Use Of Drones by Michael Kelley

[32] http://is.gd/EfE1k5 from http://www.businessinsider.com
The NYU Student Tweeting Every Reported US Drone Strike Has Revealed A Disturbing Trend by Michael Kelley
The drone strikes employ a double tap technique that constitutes a war crime.

[33] http://is.gd/euCG17 from xrepublic.tv
ACLU & CCR Lawsuit: American Boy Killed By U.S. Drone Strike
The Obama administration does not deign to explain why the boy was killed,
other than to say that he should have been more careful in his choice of
a father.


Posted January 29, 2013 by Brian Cantin in Uncategorized

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