Chuck Spinney: Open Letter to Obama by Drone Operators Denounces Drone Assassination

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

Obama’s drone war a ‘recruitment tool’ for Isis, say US air force whistleblowers

Four former service members – including three sensor operators – issue plea to rethink current airstrike strategy that has ‘fueled feelings of hatred’ toward US

Ed Pilkington in New York and Ewen MacAskill in London

Guardian, 18 November 2015

Phi Beta Iota: Closing down or transferring the drone program should have been John Brennan’s first order of business when he assumed his position as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. That he did not do so is his epitaph.

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Drone Assassination @ Phi Beta Iota

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Nov 20

Chuck Spinney: Drones of War — Send Money

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

In the last week, much has been made of the leaked DoD briefing entitled ISR Support to Small Footprint (CT) Operations – Somalia and Yemen, dated February 2013.  To date, all the reports I have read, save one, focus on the “critical shortfalls” of drone warfare revealed in these slides — see, for example The Intercept, which broke the story on October 15 and placed the slides on the net, and this report in Common Dreams, and anti-war progressive outlet. Both of these reports and the briefing slides contain a lot of useful information are well worth careful reading. But there is more.

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Oct 25

Patrick Meier: Summary of Recent Accomplishments

Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier

QED – Goodbye Doha, Hello Adventure!

EXTRACT

I joined the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) well over 3 years ago with a very specific mission and mandate: to develop and deploy next generation humanitarian technologies. So I built the Institute’s Social Innovation Program from the ground up and recruited the majority of the full-time experts (scientists, engineers, research assistants, interns & project manager) who have become integral to the Program’s success.

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Oct 15