from The Great Debate:

Why we should worry about domestic drones and how to bring them down

By Robert Beckhusen
February 5, 2015

An employee displays the assembly of an unmanned aerial vehicle at the Integrated Dynamics research and development centre in Karachi

An employee displays the assembly of an unmanned aerial vehicle at the Integrated Dynamics research and development center in Karachi, June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

from Breakingviews:

Amazon’s drone promise is yet more jam tomorrow

December 2, 2013

By Robert Cyran

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate:

The 4 reasons why Amazon won’t be shipping by drone anytime soon

By David Axe
December 2, 2013

This weekend Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos told 60 Minutes that he wants small unmanned aerial vehicles -- drones -- to speed packages to online shoppers as early as 2017, cutting delivery times to as quick as 30 minutes.

from David Rohde:

How fear of al Qaeda hurts U.S. more than al Qaeda

By David Rohde
October 25, 2013

Three disclosures this week show that the United States is losing its way in the struggle against terrorism. Sweeping government efforts to stop attacks are backfiring abroad and infringing on basic rights at home.

from David Rohde:

Obama’s overdue step on drones

By David Rohde
May 24, 2013

President Obama’s decision to restrict drone strikes and again try to close the Guantanamo Bay prison are overdue steps in the right direction. Myself and many other analysts have called for these very measures over the last year.

from Stories I’d like to see:

The revealing Rutgers report, job number revisions, and Trayvon, Inc

By Steven Brill
April 9, 2013

1. The Rutgers basketball coach scandal as a window on NCAA sports:

Some of the stories about the firing of Rutgers basketball coach Michael Rice after a video of him abusing his players in practice was aired on ESPN referred to a 50 page report the university commissioned from an outside lawyer after the videos were first brought to school administrators’ attention. It’s this report that provided the rationale for the school initially to suspend and fine Rice but not dismiss him.

from The Great Debate:

Prying open drone secrets

By Ari Melber
March 18, 2013

A federal appeals court rebuffed the Obama administration's drone policy on Friday, ruling that the CIA stretched its considerable secrecy powers “too far.”  The stinging decision may be the biggest news in the war on terror that you've never heard about.

from David Rohde:

Obama’s legacy of secrecy

By David Rohde
February 8, 2013

John Brennan’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday was a microcosm of the Obama administration’s approach to counterterrorism: The right assurances, with little transparency.

from David Rohde:

The ‘trust me’ administration

By David Rohde
February 6, 2013

In a bold second inaugural address, one line was my favorite.

“We will defend our people and uphold our values,” President Barack Obama declared, “through strength of arms and rule of law.”

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

At war’s end, ramping up drone strikes in Afghanistan

December 19, 2012

The United States carried out more drone strikes in Afghanistan this year than it has done in all the years put together in Pakistan since it launched the covert air war there eight years ago.  With all the attention and hand wringing  focused on the operations in Pakistan, it's remarkable that such a ramp-up just over the border has gone virtually unnoticed.