Weekend Roundup 6/2

If you would like to receive our weekly roundup directly to your inbox, let us know at barddrones [at] gmail. News Trending Now The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, made headlines this week by demanding a halt to the production of Lethal Armed Robots …

Weekend Roundup 5/19

News Trending Now President Obama plans to address the use of drones and the Guantanamo detention facility in a major defense speech this week. (The Guardian) The United States Senate debated the terms of the Authorized Use of Military Force, raising questions about President Obama’s mandate to wage war. (New …

Weekend Roundup 5/12

News Trending Now Despite weeks of violence, voters in Pakistan were undeterred and turned out in high numbers to an election that could determine the future of drone strikes in that country. (New York Times) The Canadian Mounted Police are putting drones to use in rescuing a man this week, claiming the first time an …

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 expanding the airspace in which they can fly them. Similar …

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 Yemeni national, argued that drone strikes are creating support 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 to use Pakistani airspace for aerial targeted killings. The Nation …

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 on the administration’s efforts. Mayor Bloomberg has said that military …

Weekend Roundup 3/17

March 17th News Trending Now The Department of Defense has stopped reporting the number of drone strikes due to the “‘disproportionate focus’” on lethal operations carried out by unmanned aircraft (3% of all sorties).   According to the LA Times, the CIA has started collecting intelligence on Syrian extremist militants …