Thousands of unreported deadly airstrikes the latest in sloppy Pentagon record keeping

When it comes to reporting numbers of civilians and "combatants" it kills, the Pentagon attempts to paint itself in a positive light. Last summer, after the Obama administration released a report estimating that between 64 and 116 civilians had been killed in drone strikes on the president's watch, it was widely criticized for under-counting by … Continue reading Thousands of unreported deadly airstrikes the latest in sloppy Pentagon record keeping

Assange ‘is the devil,’ but is he a ‘cyber combatant’?

Another day, another media freakout over the alleged Wikileaks-Russian axis of hacking. On Monday, it was Marc Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute and the Washington Post's turn to attack Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who, according to Thiessen "is the devil." Thiessen asserts that the media is being hypocritical and irresponsible in not reporting on … Continue reading Assange ‘is the devil,’ but is he a ‘cyber combatant’?

Drone strike ‘playbook’ shows govt. rationalizing extrajudicial killing

Just over a month after releasing its first numbers on drone strike deaths, including a figure of between 64 and 116 civilians killed that critics have said is vastly underestimated, the Obama administration late last week released a redacted version of its "playbook" outlining the requirements for "lethal action" against suspected terrorists, along with guidelines … Continue reading Drone strike ‘playbook’ shows govt. rationalizing extrajudicial killing