Inside Story Americas – Obama’s Speech and the Question of Drones

US President Barack Obama gave a speech that was meant to contextualise the global drone war that has escalated under his presidency, outline the framework for future targeted killing, and address concerns about the continued operation of Guantanamo Bay. But did he succeed? To discuss this, Inside Story Americas, with presenter Shihab Rattansi, is joined by guests: Carlos Warner, a lawyer for Guantanamo detainees; and Hina Shamsi, the director of the ACLU’s National Security Project.

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Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – May 28, 2013

Obama Sit Room

Obama Narrows Scope of Terror War

Obama’s Drone Rules Leave Unanswered Questions

New Terror Strategy Shifts CIA Focus Back to Spying

Thirty-Five Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Are Force-Fed

WikiLeaks Releases Transcript of Critical US Film

Photo: President Barack Obama holds a meeting in Situation Room of the White House. From left at the table, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, CIA Director John Brennan, and Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President of Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This Week in War

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Photo: Free Syrian Army fighters sit in a house on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria. (Photo by Khalil Hamra)

Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – May 24, 2013

Obama

Obama Sees Narrower Terror Threat, Defends Drones

Congressman Preps Bill to End Terror War Authority

Obama Lifts Ban on Guantanamo Transfers to Yemen

US Missile Defense Still Plagued by Technical Doubts

UN Investigator Seeks World Moratorium on Killer Robots

Photo: President Barack Obama holds a National Security Council meeting in the Situation Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Guerrilla Blog – May 23, 2013

EQ-4 Global Hawk First Launch

Obama to Address Drones and GITMO in Security Speech

US Admits Droning Four Americans (But Just One Deliberately)

Navy’s High-Flying Spy Drone Completes Its First Flight

Pentagon Wasting Billions Because of Failure Audit Contracts

US and Oman Talk $2.1 Billion Defense Deal

Photo: A U.S. Air Force EQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle waits for its takeoff time before its first launch from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The EQ-4 carries the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN), which acts as a persistent gateway, bridging diverse tactical data links and voice communications to improve battlefield communications. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Harris)