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Conor Friedersdorf

Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.
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Commentary: When the U.S. shoots a human should pull the trigger

December 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The aversion I have to autonomous weapons dates back to a bygone afternoon when I sat playing Golden Eye, a James Bond-themed video game that I was progressing through with all the alacrity of its lead character until I reached the jungle level. Expert as I was at evading enemy...

Video: Americans sum up presidential debate before it happens

October 18, 2012 Asked who won the town hall between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, Los Angelenos were emphatic. The problem: the event hadn't yet happened. The undecided voters at Tuesday's town hall in New York have been criticized for the worst of their questions, but credit them with this much: no one...

The Obama administration violated the constitution but won't reveal how

July 24, 2012 For months, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has been giving American citizens an extraordinary warning: the federal government is spying on us in ways that violate our privacy and would alarm us if we knew more, he insists, adding that he can't tell us any more because the details are classified....

Video: How drones misidentify targets; a retired general speaks

July 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Above Retired Brigadier General Craig Nixon warns of the shortcomings of American drones. As his Aspen Ideas Festival biography states, he is "a partner at McChrystal Group. He retired as a brigadier general in the US Army in 2011. In his more than 29-year Army career, his assignments included seven...

Rand Paul launches a preemptive strike against domestic drone use

June 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senator Rand Paul announced today that he has introduced legislation that would protect Americans against drones used by law enforcement. "Like other tools used to collect information in law enforcement, in order to use drones a warrant needs to be issued. Americans going about their everyday lives should not be...