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Obama's Deadly Drone War Is Still Shrouded In Secrecy

Nearly six months ago, President Obama promised more transparency and tighter policies around targeted killings. In a speech, Obama vowed that the U.S. would only use force against a “continuing and imminent threat to the American people.” It would fire only when there was “near-certainty” civilians would not be killed or injured, and when capture was not feasible.

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Big Win for War Profiteers: Obama Rolls Back Limits on Arms Exports

The United States is loosening controls over military exports, in a shift that former U.S. officials and human rights advocates say could increase the flow of American-made military parts to the world’s conflicts and make it harder to enforce arms sanctions.

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Why Won’t President Obama Free More Prisoners?

This originally appeared on ProPublica.

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White House Inquiry Into Brutal Afghan Massacre Kept Secret

Soon after taking office, President Obama pledged to open a new inquiry into the deaths of perhaps thousands of Taliban prisoners of war at the hands of U.S.-allied Afghan fighters in late 2001.

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Want to Know Who the U.S. is at War With? Sorry, That's Classified

This originally appeared on ProPublica.

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Who Is America At War With? The Answer is Classified

In a major national security speech this spring, President Obama said again and again that the U.S. is at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces.”

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U.S. Has Nothing to Say About 10-Year-Old Killed in Drone Strike

On June 9, a U.S. drone fired on a vehicle in a remote province of Yemen and killed several militants, according to media reports.

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'Black Sites' and 'Renditions': A Public Indictment Could Shed Light on CIA’s Secret Program

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'Signature Strikes' On Unidentified People: The Drone War Doctrine We Still Know Nothing About

The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director has prompted intense debate on Capitol Hill and in the media about U.S. drone killings abroad. But the focus has been on the targeting of American citizens – a narrow issue that accounts for a miniscule proportion of the hundreds of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen in recent years.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Drones

This story originally appeared at ProPublica on May 31, 2012.

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ALEC and ExxonMobil Push Loopholes in Fracking Chemical Disclosure Rules

One of the key controversies about fracking is the chemical makeup of the fluid that is pumped deep into the ground to break apart rock and release natural gas. Some companies have been reluctant to disclose what's in their fracking fluid. Scientists and environmental advocates argue that, without knowing its precise composition, they can't thoroughly investigate complaints of contamination.

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