Tag Archives: Assassination

Bureaucratic Assassination — How do U.S. Targeted Killings Work?

INTRODUCTION Since the First World War and the birth of airpower, both military and civilian personnel have worked together to compile target lists for bombing. New and evolving technology has reduced the “blast radius” of the munitions dropped to such … Continue reading

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China was a heartbeat away from domestic assassination by drone

The New York Times reports that the Chinese government considered using a drone strike to eliminate a “drug lord” wanted in connection with the murders of 13 Chinese sailors, but opted to “capture” him instead. The alleged plan is evidence … Continue reading

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Revealed: Department of Justice white paper authorizes targeted killings against U.S. citizens

NBC news has acquired a 16-page “white paper” that outlines why the targeted killing of a U.S. citizen is legal. It is called “Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a U.S. Citizen who is a Senior Operational Leader of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001 – 2050

Nick Turse and Tom Engelhardt, Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001 – 2050. Dispatch Books, 2012. 179 pp  For readers of the popular website TomDispatch.com, editors Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse need little introduction. The weekly ‘Tomgrams’ … Continue reading

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Death Squads in Afghanistan

A chilling report by the NYT on the widespread influence of the Haqqani Network inside Afghanistan. The insurgent group, whose leader was a favorite of the US-backed mujahideen, is responsible for numerous assassinations in broad daylight, especially in villages close … Continue reading

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Shadow Wars: The CIA’s ‘Secret’ Drone Campaign in Pakistan (and beyond).

On September 30th, 2011, a senior leader of the Islamist organization ‘al-Qaeda’ was killed in Yemen. There were three things remarkable about this death. First, the man was assassinated from thousands of feet in the air by a laser-guided missile … Continue reading

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Predator Empire: The New Geopolitics of Drone Warfare

Daily news reports on unmanned aerial drones are hard to miss. Since Obama stepped into the White House in 2009, his administration, spearheaded by the CIA, has intensified drone strikes in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. The … Continue reading

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