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A predator drone

In February, during his confirmation process, CIA director John Brennan offered an unusually straightforward explanation: “Where possible, we also work with local governments to gather facts, and, if appropriate, provide condolence payments to families of those killed.” Read more»

United States Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).

Sen. Rand Paul says it “took 13 hours of filibuster” to finally force the Obama administration “to say, no, we won’t kill noncombatants in America.” In fact, Attorney General Eric Holder said “no” at a Senate hearing shortly before Paul began his filibuster. Read more» 1

The focus on the targeting of American citizens overlooks many other strikes in which the U.S. doesn’t know who it’s killing. In these attacks, known as “signature strikes,” drone operators fire on people whose identities they do not know based on evidence of suspicious behavior or other “signatures.” Read more»

The sad truth is that this nonsense is introduced into the media ecosystem by right-wing reality-denying sources, and it almost always makes its way into the mainstream media—often going unchallenged. Read more» 1

A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle from the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing can be seen at dusk during a post-flight inspection in Victorville, Calif., in January 2012.

The Obama administration has justified its counter-terror strategy on a law Congress passed just days after 9/11. But more than a decade later, does it fit the facts on the ground? Read more»

Women may hold up half the sky, but they don't look likely to feature heavily in the president's next cabinet. Read more»

A Predator drone at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

The U.S. is conducting drone strikes in in at least three countries beyond Iraq and Afghanistan. Here’s a reading guide to understanding the U.S.’ shadow wars. Read more»

White House efforts to reassure the public that there was never a serious threat from the recently foiled underwear bomb plot may have inadvertently caused information about covert operations to be leaked. Read more»

A rendering of bin Laden's compound.

The U.S. Navy SEAL team that took down Osama bin Laden also secured a "mother lode of intelligence" contained in computer drives at his Pakistani compound, according to U.S. officials. Read more»

The killing of Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani city dominated by the military has spotlighted a conundrum that Western counterterror agencies have grappled with for years: Is Pakistan's powerful intelligence service an ally, an enemy or a mix of both? Read more»