Drones Articles

Three ISIS Drones Have Been Destroyed in Iraq, Syria

6:29 AM, Sep 18, 2015

The latest official report of a drone in the possession of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is tucked in an August 3rd press release from U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), the overseers of the air campaign in Syria and Iraq against the terrorist organization. 

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Just Between Me And...

9:05 AM, Sep 03, 2015

Here’s a recent Washington Post headline:

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DHS Chief Worried About Drones in 2016 Campaign

Said there was 'a little drone flying over my head' during recent speech.
7:21 AM, May 15, 2015

DHS chief Jeh Johnson agreed with Chuck Todd that drones could make protecting 2016 presidential candidates more difficult. And, Johnson said as an example, he was a giving a speech recently when he looked up to see "a little drone flying over my head."

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Ted Cruz: I'm Worried About 'Video Game Warfare'

11:47 AM, Dec 05, 2014

At a Washington, D.C. event hosted by the Foreign Policy Initiative, Senator Ted Cruz defended the use of drones but also expressed some concern. "I'm worried about what I would call video game warfare," said Cruz in response to a question about drones.

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Ramping Up … Before Pulling Out

3:32 PM, Oct 09, 2014

There is a shortage of drones in the theater where the U.S. is engaged against ISIS.  They are needed in another theater of operations, one where we do have troops engaged and are committed to getting them out.

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Shortage of Drones Hampers U.S. Military Missions

10:55 AM, Oct 09, 2014

The U.S. is running up against a shortage of surveillance drones to conduct reconnaissance of the various battlefields where it is engaged.  Right now, the theater where its combat troops are directly engaged is getting priority … as it most certainly should be.

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There Is No Peace

8:45 AM, Feb 10, 2014

The war in Afghanistan is winding down and al Qaeda is on the run. Perhaps. But the war goes on.

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Selectively Citing Osama Bin Laden

11:50 AM, May 24, 2013

During his counterterrorism speech on Thursday, President Obama defended the use of drones by saying the following:

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'The GOP of Old'

Mar 25, 2013

"The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered,” Kentucky senator Rand Paul said Thursday to the Conservative Political Action Conference. “I don’t think we need to name any names here, do we?” he added coyly.

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Priebus: GOP 'Totally On Board' with Rand Paul

10:05 AM, Mar 18, 2013

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus reiterated that he believes Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster over the Obama administration’s drone policy was a “unifying moment” for the GOP and that the party is "totally on board" with the libertarian senator.

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Sound and Fury

Mar 18, 2013

What to make of Rand Paul’s 12 hours and 52 minutes of fame? Was his filibuster on the floor of the Senate last Wednesday, as Charles Krauthammer said on Fox’s Special Report, though substantively misguided, “a stroke of political genius”? Was it, as Seth Lipsky suggested in a column in the New York Post, “wonderful,” signifying both that “our country is in a constitutional moment” and “the rise of a new generation of Republican constitutional conservatives”? Or was it, as William Shakespeare wrote ahead of the fact, “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”?

Forced to choose among three of our favorite pundits, we incline toward Shakespeare. That’s not to say Krauthammer isn’t

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Paul: Liberty Must be GOP's 'Backbone'

At CPAC, Rand appeals to the "Facebook generation."
1:58 PM, Mar 14, 2013

Before Rand Paul even arrived at the Gaylord National Harbor convention center in Maryland for his Thursday afternoon CPAC address, the stage was set for his raucous reception. Outside the convention hall, a team of eager young volunteers began passing out t-shirts, stickers, and posters emblazoned with the catchiest political slogan since “Yes We Can.” 

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Kristol Podcast: GOP Can Learn From Rand Paul

But Republicans shouldn't follow him on foreign policy.
4:13 PM, Mar 08, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham. 

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Hayes Podcast: The Impact of Rand's Filibuster on Politics and Policy

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:23 PM, Mar 07, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, hosted by Michael Graham, with Stephen Hayes:

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Cruz: 'No Teleprompter Was in Front of the Senator from Kentucky's Desk'

10:31 PM, Mar 06, 2013

Senator Ted Cruz, joining Rand Paul's filibuster on the floor of the Senate:

"And I'm pretty certain--for the record, I can confirm that no teleprompter was in front of the senator from Kentucky's desk," said Cruz, taking a shot at President Obama's frequent use of Teleprompters. "Senator Rand Paul, Jimmy Stewart would be proud, sir."

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Cruz: 'It Don't Get No Better Than This'

10:20 PM, Mar 06, 2013

Senator Ted Cruz, joining in support of Rand Paul's filibuster, said today was the first day he had the chance to speak on the Senate floor. "It don't get no better than this," Cruz said, quoting a beer commercial:

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White House Silent on Paul Filibuster

10:05 PM, Mar 06, 2013

The White House will not comment on Rand Paul's ongoing filibuster on the Senate floor of President Obama's nominee to be the next CIA director. A Huffington Post reporter remarks on Twitter: 


WH declining comment on Rand Paul filibuster.

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) March 7, 2013


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The Podcast: Rand Paul Goes To Washington

Will Paul's filibuster energize the GOP?
3:43 PM, Mar 06, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, hosted by Michael Graham, with Jim Swift on Senator Rand Paul's filibuster of John Brennan's nomination to be director of the CIA..

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Drone On

Feb 18, 2013


During World War II, a small number of German Americans fought for Nazi Germany as members of the Waffen-SS. Does anyone think the U.S. military would have given a second thought to whether it might kill those traitors—whether they were found on the battlefield, in a planning cell back in Berlin, or even in some third country involved in secret operations to disrupt the Allied effort?

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Virginia City Bans Drones

1:46 PM, Feb 05, 2013

Local news reports reveal that last night the Charlottesville, Virginia, city council voted to ban drones:

"City council also passed a resolution banning drones," reports NBC 29. "The use of drones for surveillance is not allowed in Charlottesville. the resolution supports a two year ban on drone use and prohibits city entities from purchasing them.

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'United Nations Wants to Use Drones'

1:52 PM, Nov 23, 2012

The U.N. wants to use drones, the French news agency Agence France-Presse reports. "The United Nations wants to use drones for the first time to monitor fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where Rwanda has been accused of aiding rebels," says the report, quoting U.N. officials.

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Massive Drone Document Dump

1:10 PM, Jul 18, 2012

The Electric Frontier Foundation (EFF) has succesfully acquired thousands of pages of documents from the Federal Aviation Administration on the use of drones in America. The documents include "extensive details about the specific drone models some entities are flying, where they fly, how frequently they fly, and how long they stay in the air," according to EFF. 

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Special Report Panel on Domestic Drones

11:06 AM, Jul 05, 2012

Steve Hayes, with Rick Klein and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:

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Timid New World

7:05 AM, May 16, 2012

A notional woman named “Julia” recently made her debut on the Obama campaign’s website. Julia, it seems, needs help at every stage in her life, and if the president has his way, the government will be there to assist her in, among other things, getting a college education, finding a job, securing birth control, and providing for her retirement. But it turns out that all this assistance will not be enough for the hapless Julia as she moves through life. It seems she will also need some close air support.

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Romney Steady in Iowa Debate

7:55 AM, Dec 16, 2011

Mitt Romney had a strong performance Thursday night in the final debate before the January 3 Iowa caucuses. From Medicare reform to foreign policy to the economy, Romney provided mostly succinct answers within the mainstream of Republican ideas. And because he did not spend much time engaging his opponents, he also avoided missteps like his infamous “$10,000 bet” with Rick Perry at last week’s debate. 

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Drones Hit by Virus?

3:02 PM, Oct 07, 2011

Noah Shachtman reports for Wired that "A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones."


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Obama Sold Turkey Drones

9:58 AM, Sep 26, 2011

In Newsweek, Eli Lake reports that “Obama Sold Israel Bunker-Buster Bombs.” Actually, as the story notes, it was George W. Bush who ordered the bombs toward the end of his second term. Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert wanted them delivered in 2007, but Bush told him to wait until 2009-2010, and in 2009, according to Lake’s story, “Obama finally released the weapons.”

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