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Information Breakdown: Drones, Extrajudicial Killings, and What the Obama Administration Is and Isn’t Saying

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February 8, 2013

Following is a list of resources about the debate surrounding the Obama administration’s use of drone strikes to kill “imminent” threats to America–even when those threats are American citizens themselves: The breaking story at NBC detailing the release of a 16-page “white paper” on the extrajudicial killings of American citizens by way of the US’s drone… Read More ›

The Other Awlaki: What the Killing of an American Minor Says About Your Civil Rights

It has been almost a year and a half since a US drone strike killed an American citizen in Yemen, Anwar Al-Awlaki. While Awlaki’s death has inspired commentary and criticism from time to time, the recent release of a 16-page “white paper” regarding the intersection of drone strikes and extrajudicial killings has brought Awlaki’s death… Read More ›

Security News: December 24, 2012

Turkey Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin has accused Iran of not doing enough to curtail the activities of the PKK (Kurdish Worker’s Party). The minister says that Iran has neglected to act against the PKK’s “intensified campaign” within its borders. The PKK, labeled a terrorist organization by the EU, the US, and Turkey, has been… Read More ›

Security Brief: December 6, 2012

Germany / Turkey The German Cabinet has agreed  to send Patriot missiles as well as up to 400 soldiers to Turkey  in order to strengthen Turkish air defense against Syrian missiles striking across the border. In a statement NATO said that “any deployment will be defensive only. It will in no way support a no-fly zone or… Read More ›

Security Brief: Drone Edition

Are post-election changes to the US drone program in the forecast? Two Washington projects are key to the future of the drone program. The first is the codifying of Washington’s use of “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAV’s). The second is the new pick for the CIA directorship recently vacated by General Petraeus. The New York Times… Read More ›

Security Brief: August 29, 2012

Iran The IAEA has established a Task Force on Iran. The Task Force will investigate allegations of a military component to Tehran’s civilian nuclear program. The Task Force is meant to consolidate related experts, analysts, and specialists into one unit. Read about it here, here, and here. Meanwhile, at the Non-Aligned Summit, Iran has put… Read More ›

Security Brief: July 20-23, 2012

Syria In the wake of an attack that left four Syrian officials dead, fighting between rebel forces and the Syrian government escalated in two previously quiet urban areas: Aleppo and Damascus. In the first few days of Ramadhan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and reflection, many Damascenes are faced with unexpected food and gas… Read More ›