Over at the Washington Post, columnist Eugene Robinson has a piece decrying the morality of drone strikes—a piece that expresses with an admirable economy of words nearly every conceptual error one can make on the subject.
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Americans vacillate over national security and government power. We want an effective intelligence community, but we do not want too much surveillance or collection. We want to rein in the NSA, but we also wax outraged when the intelligence community … Read more »
Long War Journal reports an airstrike on three AQAP fighters in Hadramout, Yemen, earlier today. By LWJ’s count, this would be strike number 23 for the year (suggesting 2013 might fall short of 2012′s high of 42 strikes, but still … Read more »
Georgetown University political scientist C. Christine Fair has been a leading voice in challenging much of the conventional wisdom about the nature of conflict in Pakistan, including the role of US drones, the Pakistani Taliban, and Pakistan’s military. In a … Read more »
The legislation, which the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday approved by a 13-2 vote, can be found here. The Committee’s press release sums up the bill and can be found here.
There’s all kinds of stuff to … Read more »
Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill—the activist-turned journalist previously known for his exposé of the military contractor formerly known as Blackwater—is a bad book. But it’s a bad book with a significantly redeeming feature.
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The CIA’s efforts to deny the ACLU’s FOIA requests for records about the Agency’s involvement in drone-based targeted killings continue apace in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The Agency filed a reply memorandum in favor of … Read more »
A coda to Bobby’s post below asking about the legal views underlying US operations in Somalia over the past three weeks. Three weeks ago, SEALs attempted a capture operation against a target on the coast of Somalia. The SEAL team … Read more »
When U.S. Navy SEALs attempted the capture of an al Shabab figure in Somalia earlier this month, contemporaneous with the successful capture of an al Qaeda target in Libya, it generated a considerable amount of coverage and discussion, including speculation … Read more »
…to my revised meta-study of drone strike casualties.
Ritika Singh’s updated meta-study of drone strike casualties reaches exactly the right conclusion: the more we hear from non-government sources, the more we understand the inadequacy of the US government’s disclosures
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Not to be outdone by Amnesty International, which responded earlier to my post on reports by Amenesty and Human Rights Watch, Letta Taylor of Human Rights Watch writes in with the following response as well:
In his posting “Thoughts
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I’ve been thinking about the recent Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch reports in the context of my Meta-Study of Drone Strike Casualties from this summer, in which I examined the different methodologies used by the New America Foundation (NAF), … Read more »
Over at Security States today, Ken and I have a piece adapted in part from my post of Wednesday (to which Amnesty International responds here) on the recent Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch reports on civilian casualties in … Read more »
Avner Gidron, senior policy adviser with Amnesty International, responds to my discussion of Amnesty’s new report on drone strikes in Pakistan:
Perhaps it is not surprising that Benjamin Wittes disagrees with Amnesty International’s assessment of the lawfulness of particular
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I have now read both of the two major human rights reports released yesterday on civilian casualties in drone strikes—one by Amnesty International on strikes in Pakistan and the other by Human Rights Watch on strikes in Yemen. I … Read more »
With reports released this week critical of US drone strikes and targeted killing from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson, this seems like a good moment to mention my own article from … Read more »
Two human rights groups released reports today on civilian casualties from selected drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. Amnesty International’s “Will I Be Next?” US Drone Strikes in Pakistan investigates nine drone strikes in North Waziristan between January 2012 and … Read more »
You can find the interim report—the final won’t be submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council until 2014, apparently—here.
There’s a good bit to pore over in the paper authored by Emmerson, with whom Lawfare chatted during his … Read more »
Mary DeRosa and Marty Lederman, both of whom were senior national security lawyers in the Obama administration, have a helpful if somewhat hopeful post at Just Security on the significance of the recent al-Liby and Ikrima capture operations. The post … Read more »