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Questions arise about U.S. hostage policy and drones

The White House said it operates drone strikes with "near certainty" that civilians won't be harmed. But, more questions are being raised after American aid worker Warren Weinstein was killed in a U.S. drone strike in a remote part of Pakistan. CBS News senior national security analyst Juan Zarate reports from Washington with more on the U.S. drone policy.

Al Qaeda terrorists took ransom for U.S. hostage: report

11 hours agoNews : NY Daily News

Citing a Pakistani source, CNN reported the 2002 payment went to the Al Qaeda militants — but the money did not secure Weinstein’s release.

Warren Weinstein: Family Paid Ransom To Have Aid Worker Killed By American Drone Released

The family of captured aid worker Warren Weinstein said that they had paid a ransom to al Qaeda for his release, CNN reported. Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto were accidentally killed by an American drone, The Inquisitr reported. Show More Summary

Pakistani Friends Mourn U.S. Aid Worker Killed In CIA Drone Strike

17 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Warren Weinstein made his Pakistani friends nervous when he first arrived in their country in 2004. The trouble wasn't that the veteran American development expert, then in his early 60s and working as a contractor for the U.S. Show More Summary

Warren Weinstein in Death and Life

Warren Weinstein, the Al Qaeda hostage who was killed by an American drone strike in Pakistan in January, was once my boss. He was the Peace Corps country director in Togo in 1982 when I was a new volunteer, just weeks out of college. Show More Summary

They’re Baaaack! Harvey Weinstein, Former ‘Finding’ Flack Renew Their Vows

EXCLUSIVE: Whether Harvey Weinstein fired Broadway press representative Rick Miramontez or Rick fired the producer of Finding Neverland is now officially moot. Miramontez’s O&M Public Relations Company is back on board with the teamShow More Summary

Hostage's Family Paid $250K Ransom, Got Nothing

It's one more wrenching detail in the death of American hostage Warren Weinstein, who was killed in error by a US drone strike. It turns out that his family paid his abductors $250,000 in 2012 for his release, to no avail, reports the Wall Street Journal and Foreign Policy...

Don’t Blame Drones

On Thursday, President Obama confessed to a terrible mistake. An American drone strike on al-Qaida operatives in Pakistan, carried out in January, accidentally killed two hostages—Warren Weinstein of the United States and Giovanni Lo Porto of Italy—who were concealed at the site. The drone program’s enemies, and even some of its friends, are aghast. Show More Summary

The Apologiator: President Obama takes responsibility, again. And again. And again…

19 hours agoTechnology : Pando Daily

Obama did it again: After news broke that his drone assassins killed two Al Qaeda hostages in Pakistan, including American aid worker Warren Weinstein, the president took “full responsibility” and offered his “deepest apologies.” It’s...Show More Summary

When Civilians Die in Drone Attacks, It's Not "Failure" -- It's War

I’ve been reading with interest much of the commentary surrounding the tragic deaths of American hostage Warren Weinstein and Italian hostage Giovanni Lo Porto in an otherwise-successful drone strike in Pakistan (I say “otherwise successful”...Show More Summary

A Genghis Khan project could follow Netflix's 'Marco Polo'

22 hours agoHealth : Booster Shots

The Weinstein Co. and the screenwriter John Fusco had a fruitful collaboration with “Marco Polo,” the period epic set during the 13th-century reign of Kublai Khan that Netflix debuted in December.

Family of American killed in drone attack launches attack of its own

They are disappointed. And they find the U.S. policy inconsistent. That’s what the family of Warren Weinstein says about the United States’ inability to get him out of the hands of al Qaeda rebels and the subsequent killing of him by a U.S. drone attack designed to wipe out terrorists.

Weinstein, taken hostage by al Qaeda in 2011, devoted life to helping others

Warren Weinstein is one of the two hostages who were killed in a CIA drone strike in January. The counterterrorism operations also killed two additional Americans who joined al Qaeda. It is believed they were using Weinstein and an Italian hostage as shields. Wyatt Andrews reports on the story from outside the Weinstein family home in Rockville, Maryland.

Families slam U.S. hostage negotiation policies in wake of deaths

A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan accidentally killed two hostages, including American aid worker Warren Weinstein, and now, Weinstein's wife is slamming the government. Jeff Pegues reports on why she isn't alone in criticizing the administration's approach to hostages.

Obama apologizes for deadly drone mistake, hostage families grieve

The White House says it is looking at possible changes in its counterterror operations. It wants to avoid any repeat of the drone attack in Pakistan that killed two hostages, including American Warren Weinstein. President Obama revealed the deaths on Thursday, apologizing to the families of the two victims. David Martin reports from the Pentagon.

Widow of American Captive Killed in Strike Criticizes U.S. Hostage Support

The wife of Warren Weinstein joins a number of families calling for more centralized support and communication

Hunter: American drone victim could have been saved

Newsmax says: American hostage Warren Weinstein, whom the White House on Thursday announced had been killed in a U.S. drone attack on an al-Qaida facility in January, should have been released as part of the Bowe Bergdahl trade, said Rep. Duncan Hunter.

Warren Weinstein and the Long Drone War

“As President and Commander-in-Chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations,” President Obama said in a press conference at the White House on Thursday. Obama was announcing the news that C.I.A. drone strikes...Show More Summary

US Senator Asks Obama for Full Details into 2 Al-Qaeda Hostages' Death

US Senator Ben Cardin said that Obama’s administration should disclose the full details into the cause of death of al-Qaeda hostages Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto.

Who Were Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, the Hostages Killed in a U.S. Counterterrorism Operation

The White House said Thursday two hostages of Al-Qaeda--Warren Weinstein, an American who had been held since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian held since 2012--were killed in a January counterterrorism operation in the borderShow More Summary

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