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John Brennan confirmed as CIA director

After a 13-hour fillibuster from Republican Senator Rand Paul, the Senate confirmed John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director on the 7th March 2013. Previous posts related to John Brennan: The Playbook and the Lethal Bureaucrat: John Brennan and the creation … Continue reading

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Architect of drone war is made…architect of drone war

John Brennan’s nomination for CIA Chief in the wake of David “All In” Patreaus’ fall from grace is hardly a surprise. In 2008, Brennan was Obama’s pick for the role, but retracted his nomination after his support for “enhanced interrogation” … Continue reading

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The White House’s ‘Drone Rulebook’ was accelerated during U.S. 2012 election

As reported last month by the Washington Post, the White House has been scrambling to unify its targeting procedures for extrajudicial drone strikes. The development of the ‘playbook’ as its called, was accelerated in the weeks leading to the U.S. … Continue reading

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In Shadow and Secret: Peering into the Soul of Obama’s Presidency

In this essay, I summarize and reflect upon Daniel Klaidman’s Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency (2012). My review is broad, but is particularly attuned to the issues surrounding targeted killing.   … Continue reading

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The Playbook and the Lethal Bureaucrat: John Brennan and the creation of a ‘Permanent War’

In the second of their reports on the Obama administrations institutionalization of targeted killings across the planet, The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung profiles John Brennan, Obama’s highly influential counterterrorism czar. She writes that Brennan’s ‘just war’ legacy will far outlast his time in the White … Continue reading

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The Obama Administration’s ‘Disposition Matrix’ – a Deadly Drone Database?

“We have a disposition problem” – former U.S. counterterrorism official, 2012 Greg Miller from the Washington Post has a must-read on the Obama Administration’s construction of a secret database for administering life and death. For the past two years, officials … Continue reading

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John Brennan, counter-terrorist czar, defends drone strikes in Yemen

The escalating and secretive drone war inside of Yemen, conducted in partnership between JSOC, the CIA, and Yemenese forces, was defended by John Brennan as part of the “solution” to militancy. The strikes, which target members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula … Continue reading

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