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Empire in an Age of Robots and Drones

On July 7, 2016, police forces in Dallas attached a small explosive device to a robot and sent it to kill Micah Johnson, the gunman who shot five police officers at a Black Lives Matter rally. Dallas Police Chief David … Continue reading

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Minority Report war-policing: the rush to secure time

The Hollywood film Minority Report, staring Tom Cruise, explores a world in which the  police are able to accurately predict, and stop, a crime before it is committed. The conceit throws up all kinds of interesting philosophical questions of course, … Continue reading

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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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“Kill Anything that Moves”: Systematic Violence in the Vietnam War

The Real Vietnam War Aberrations, bad apples, one-offs. These are the explanations usually marshaled to explain the abhorrent crimes committed during the U.S. military’s war in Vietnam. The now well-known horror of the My Lai massacre, in which hundreds of … Continue reading

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Ocean Power, Sovereign Power: The Fusion of the U.S. Navy and Drones in the Predator Empire

Ocean Power, Sovereign Power: The Fusion of the U.S. Navy and Drones in the Predator Empire In this essay, a work-in-progress, I want to think through the symbiotic relationship between the ocean, the ship, and the drone. The argument will … Continue reading

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Don’t shoot drones: My top 10 predictions for the future of drones in the U.S.

The U.S.’ Federal Aviation Administration–the organization in charge of American airspace– has warned people that firing at drones endangers the public and property, and could lead to prosecution. What promoted this? An ordinance under consideration at the tiny farming community … Continue reading

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