Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – June 12, 2013

Edward Snowden

ACLU Sues Obama Administration Over NSA Surveillance

Senate Committee Confronts NSA Director on Surveillance

NSA Leak Prompts Calls For Less Reliance On Defense Contractors

Public Just Fine With Government Snooping in Name of Counterterrorism

Senate Panel Rejects Request for Military Base Closings

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Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – June 3, 2013

Bradley Manning

US Soldier Faces Trial Over WikiLeaks Disclosures

US Drones Kill Eight AQAP Fighters in Yemen Strike

Task Force to Study Drone Use in Counter Terrorism Operations

NSA Hacking Unit Targets Computers Worldwide

Amid Sequester, US Defense Stocks Still Surge

Photo: Army PCF Bradley Manning and accused WikiLeaks source.

Did Obama violate his own rules on drone strikes?

A high ranking member of the Taliban was killed in Pakistan this week by a US drone strike only days after President Obama announced a shift in the country’s counterterrorism operations. Wali ur-Rehman was among those killed and his death is being lauded as a blow to the Taliban. But what does the event say about Obama’s remarks regarding the drone program? Marcy Wheeler of EmptyWheel.net joins Meghan Lopez to discuss what this means for Obama’s promise of respecting state sovereignty and his proposed changes in the war against terror.

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.

Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – May 29, 2013

Pilot

US Launches First Drone Strike in Pakistan in Six Weeks

Top Pakistan Militant Said Killed in US Drone Strike

New Drone Strike Undercuts Obama’s Promises on Robot War

Pentagon Confirms Drone Crash in Somalia

Chinese Hackers Spying on US Weapons Programs

Photo: Piloting the MQ-1C Sky Warrior unmanned aircraft system, Chief Warrant Officer Frank Volpe Jr., from Montville, Conn., a UAS technician and operator diligently monitors the aircraft’s systems. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Travis Zielinski, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div., USD-C.)