Is an Autonomous War a Just War?

By Arthur Holland Michel At The Center for the Study of the Drone, we have been troubling ourselves with the question of whether war carried out entirely by autonomous machines will bring us closer to achieving “just war” – that…

Weekend Roundup 5/6

News Trending Now A former Bush administration lawyer says that the United States is using drone strikes instead of sending suspected terrorists to Guantanamo. (US News) The Guardian reports that Great Britain has five hundred drones and is interested in…

Domestic Surveillance Part II

Domestic Surveillance Part II Drones capture footage of American cities and landmarks. Stills obtained exclusively by the Center for the Study of the Drone. Designations: 6XVRF                    7XVRF   (Images created by…

Weekend Roundup 4/28

News Trending Now The United States Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing this week titled ‘Drone Wars: the Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing.’ Watch video here. (Senate.gov) In testifying before the Judiciary Committee, Farea al-Muslimi, a 23-year old…

Domestic Surveillance

Domestic Surveillance Drones capture footage of American cities and landmarks. Stills obtained exclusively by the Center for the Study of the Drone. Designations: 6XVRF                    7XVRF            …

Weekend Roundup 4/21

News Trending Now “It sure would be nice to have a drone up there.” Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted about the usefulness of a drone in the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers. Popular Science Magazine discusses five ways drones could…

Weekend Roundup 4/14

News Trending Now The New York Times on how targeted killing has come to define the war on terror. “‘Does he turn [Anwar al-Awlaki] over to the Americans and risk a backlash? Does he hold him? It was easier for…

Weekend Roundup 4/8

News Trending Now “Nek Muhammad knew he was being followed.” So begins the story of the week from Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times. The article describes secret deals between the United States and Pakistan to allow the CIA…

Weekend Roundup 4/1

News Trending Now “‘We are not darkening the skies yet,” says executive at SoCal civilian drones conference, “but we are poised.’” An article at Mother Jones reports on the future of domestic drones. The Huffington Post interviews Afghan families who…

Weekend Roundup 3/24

News Trending Now The journalist and author Daniel Klaidman made headlines this week by reporting that the Obama administration is considering shifting drone targeted killing operations from the CIA to the military. Mark Manzetti at the New York Times reports…