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A Modest Proposal for NSA Data Collection

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Thursday, January 9, 2014

I have a suggestion for solving nearly all of NSA’s problems: A click-through agreement. A peculiarity of the NSA data collection controversy is that the US public, we are told, is outraged by NSA activities, including the collection of "metadata," on t

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What, If Anything, Is Strategically New About Weaponized Drones?

by Kenneth Anderson, Benjamin Wittesvia Strategika
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Since the introduction of weaponized drones as a tool of counterterrorism by the Bush administration not long after 9/11, and especially since their use was ramped up dramatically by the Obama administration, their strategic meaning and value has been sharply debated. The answers vary wildly and often run to extremes, starting with the question of whether they constitute something “new” in armed conflict.

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Killer Robots and the Laws of War

by Kenneth Anderson, Matthew Waxmanvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, November 3, 2013

With each new drone strike by the United States military, anger over the program mounts. On Friday, in one of the most significant U.S. strikes, a drone killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud in the lawless North Waziristan region bordering Afghanistan.

Don't Ban Armed Robots in the U.S.

by Kenneth Anderson, Matthew Waxmanvia New Republic
Thursday, October 17, 2013

What if armed drones were not just piloted remotely by humans in far-away bunkers, but they were programmed under certain circumstances to select and fire at some targets entirely on their own?

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Drones Are the Future for Dull or Dangerous Missions

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The splendidly quotable title quote - "Clearly, drones are the future for dull or dangerous missions" - comes from Dan Jangblad , chief strategy officer for Sweden's aerospace company, Saab AB, by way of an article in today's Wall Street Journal (David Pea


Capture Over Kill? - The President’s Counterterrorism Speech and the Detention Conundrum

by Kenneth Andersonvia The Briefing
Monday, June 10, 2013

President Obama’s May 23 speech on counterterrorism policy at the National Defense University declared that the U.S.