Epatko, Larissa. “Controversy Surrounds Increased Use of U.S. Drone Strikes” Pbs NewsHour. The Rundown. Web 10 October 2011
Wolverton, Joe. “President Obama Sending Drones All Around the Globe” thenewamerican.com. Web 30 July 2013
This article highlights the changing face of the war against terror with emphasis on the fact that the US government is now focusing on the African continent and in Columbia on the fight against drugs.
He talks about the irony of the fact that the Noble Peace Prize winner is the one that is authorizing the death of thousands of innocent civilians. He reports about the use of strategies such as double strikes that kill innocent people and then another strike is done to kill those that try to escape from under the rubble. This has greatly hampered the rescue efforts as rescue agents have a delay period of 6 hours. He notes that for every criminal killed there are 49 innocent people that die.
Greenwald, Robert. “Legal Showdown: 6 Experts Destroy Obama's Drone Policy” Huffington Post. Web 26 August 2013
This article has a link to a short film where legal experts have a virtual debate on the legality of the drone strikes. This is mainly because the government has remained mum on telling the country the policies that govern these drone strikes and whether due process is followed and the rights of the suspects respected.
A law suit had been filed to compel the CIA to explain why these attacks are happening but they refused to give answers. The article highlights the many questions and the mysteries that surround these strikes.
Washington Times. Web 11 August 2013
This article highlights the reasons that the US government use to justify drone attacks. The case in point here is the arrest of a Libyan terrorist suspected of being behind the attack in Benghazi that killed the American ambassador Chris Stevens. America cannot send a special operations team to arrest him as this would cause a Legal problem with Libya and they say that the only option they have left is using a drone strike since they cannot arrest him.
Johnson Ben. “Despite controversy over drones abroad, some see potential positive uses at home.” Market Place Tech. Web 24 May 2013.
This article focuses on the other side of the use of drones. They can be used domestically in search and rescue missions, agricultural spraying and looking for fire hotspots. It however mentions one of the biggest disadvantages of drone use in war which is the high level of collateral damage in the form of civilian deaths.
Warner, Margaret. “Yemen Scholar Says U.S. Drone Strikes May Have Driven al-Qaida Membership” Pbs News Hour. Web 6 August 2013
This article talks about a new problem that is being caused by drone strikes which is that more people are joining militant groups in a bid to avenge their relatives and tribes men killed in these attacks by the American government. This shoes that this method is highly counterproductive as it creates more crime instead of reducing it.
Weiss,Samuel. “Are Domestic Drones Acceptable?” Havard Civil Rights- Civil Liberties Law Review. web 27 February 2013
This article talks about the use of drones domestically, In America to aid in crime control. The author notes that this is a double edged sword which in one way will help in the solving and reduction of violent crime locally while in another it could lead to the use of excessive force by police leading to unnecessary civilian deaths. The author calls for sobriety and keen debate on this bill.
Ellen, Mary. “When are drone killings illegal?” CNN Web 16 August 2012
This article highlights the legality of drone strikes in the absence of war or armed conflict. It underlines government rhetoric such as the declaration of the global war on terror or armed conflict that gives them a carte blanche to kill their perceived enemies. It also talks about the complexities on the interpretation of international laws on the right to life and under which circumstances it can be voided.