Category Archives: Secrecy and Surveillance

The Urbanization of Drone Warfare: Policing Surplus Populations in the Dronepolis

For actual paper follow this link. Abstract. This paper explores the urbanization of drone warfare and the securitization of the “surplus population.” Defined as a bloc of humanity rendered as structurally unnecessary to a capital-intensive economy, the surplus population is … Continue reading

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“An Electronic Archipelago of Domestic Surveillance”

Hina Shamsi and Mark Harwood report, over at TomDispatch, on the various domestic watchlists that the U.S. government uses to keep track of “suspicious” persons, including the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (SAR program). They reveal a growing and Kafkaesque … Continue reading

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Got fiber? The NSA’s Fiber Optic “dragnet”

The Intercept reports on a top-secret NSA program to intercept and monitor undersea fiber optic cables across the planet. These vast network, the “nervous system” of globalized communication, has been compromised in partnership with a number of willing countries. The … Continue reading

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Mass British surveillance “legal”

The UK’s signals intelligence agancy, GCHQ (the NSA’s equivalent) can legally obtain and intercept British use of Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and web-based email clients like Hotmail (all U.S. firms) without individual warrants because these firms are based abroad, and … Continue reading

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Vodafone reveals extent of government snooping

Vodafone–one of the world’s biggest cellular companies–has revealed the existence of secret wires that allow government agencies to tap customer conversations on its  networks, stating that they are widely used in some of the 29 countries in which it operates … Continue reading

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NSA recording ‘every’ cellphone conversation in the Bahamas

According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the surveillance is part of a top-secret system – code-named SOMALGET – that was implemented without the knowledge or consent of the Bahamian government. Instead, the agency appears to have used access legally … Continue reading

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Scope of British mass surveillance “embarrasing” – MPs

“Edward Snowden’s disclosures of the scale of mass surveillance are “an embarrassing indictment” of the weak nature of the oversight and legal accountability of Britain’s security and intelligence agencies, MPs have concluded. A highly critical report by the Commons home … Continue reading

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Australia’s Pine Gap and the Global Kill-Net

On the back of the “revelations” about the role of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in the U.S.’ ongoing drone wars comes former Australian PM’s warning that Australians working at the U.S.-run Pine Gap facility could be liable for war crimes. … Continue reading

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The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) facial regonition database

With “big data” comes big responsibility. Expansive security-surveillance networks are now resonating together on an unprecedented scale, and so much of this growth has taken place without any serious consideration of whether we are making a safer, more peaceful planet … Continue reading

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The Dronification of State Violence – published

I have just been notified that Critical Asian Studies have published my co-authored paper, “The Dronification of State Violence.” Here’s the abstract: This article explores the shifting methods of U.S. state violence. Building on their earlier work, the authors focus … Continue reading

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