Senate bill would reduce rank of drone medal

Congressional opposition continues to grow to a Pentagon decision to create a new medal for drone operators that ranks higher in precedence than the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Full story

Pilot reports seeing drone as he was landing at JFK

An Alitalia Airlines pilot reports seeing a drone near JFK Airport in New York as he was landing Monday Full story

Sentiment on U.S. drone program guaged

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) — Most respondents to a February survey expressed concern about the legality of missiles fired on U.S. citizens from drones, the Pew Research Center said. Full story

The Swarm: Sen. Paul gets answer on drone strikes against U.S. citizens

For all his blubbering and ranting during an old-fashioned filibuster Wednesday on the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director , Sen. Rand Paul did raise a valid issue. Full story

Three questions to ask about US drone strikes

The US drone program raises serious ethical concerns – particularly about accountability and due process. Congress, with support from President Obama, must develop new oversight rules to ensure that US values are safeguarded. Full story

Rand Paul Won, Now What?

Rand Paul declared victory Thursday when his 13-hour filibuster forced Attorney General Eric Holder to answer his question of whether the government can kill by drone an American citizen now engaged in combat on American soil. (“The answer to that question is no,” Holder said.) On Fox News, Paul celebrated, literally saying, “Hurray!” John Brennan ...

One Drone Missing; Reward Offered. Please Contact FBI

Yesterday we noted the somewhat startling confession of @NYCAviation investigating a four-engined small aircraft (or drone) at JFK. Today we get the confirmation as the FBI “seeks public assistance in identifying, locating, unmanned aircraft and operator.”   Perhaps this?   Via FBI, On Monday, March, 4, 2013, at approximately 1:15 p.m., the pilot of Alitalia ...

Drone memo release wins Senate support for Obama nominee

President Obama’s decision Tuesday to show lawmakers secret legal documents justifying the use of drones to kill suspected terror leaders won new support for his top counterterrorism adviser to be become the next CIA director. Two Democrats and one Republican on the Senate intelligence committee said that thanks to Mr. … Full story

After filibuster, attorney general clarifies drone policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday that President Barack Obama would not have the authority to order a drone to kill an American citizen on U.S. soil who was “not engaged in combat.” Full story

Rand Paul filibusters Brennan nomination over drone policy

As Washington, D.C., sat frozen on Wednesday by a promised snowstorm that failed to show, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul ground Congress to a halt in a rare show of congressional protest made famous by Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” The Republican lawmaker on Wednesday made good on his promise to conduct an ...