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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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Cornell West: Obama a “Global Zimmerman” as Drone Chief

The inimitable Cornell West speaks to Amy Goldman on Democracy Now, where he charges that Obama has no moral authority to dennounce the shooting of Martin Trayvon, given his 5 year command of a global drone war that has claimed … Continue reading

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The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

Mark Mazzetti (2013) The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth. New York: The Penguin Press. Mazzetti’s book is an unflinching examination of the past and present shadow wars waged … Continue reading

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Obama on “Just [drone] War” – the long awaited speech (and six lingering problems)

White House video and official transcript here. Obama said the U.S. was at a “crossroads” at a speech given on Thursday at the National Defense University. There were two main talking points: drones and Gitmo. It was largely a defense … Continue reading

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Targeted Killing defines the war on terror

In an article related to previous posts, Scott Shane of the New York Times reports on the Obama administration’s preference to kill (with drones) rather than capture terrorist suspects. The story rounds out with a quote from President Obama, who … Continue reading

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Peter Bergen reviews “The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth””

Blurb: “A Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter’s riveting account of the transformation of the CIA and America’s special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines in the world’s dark spaces: the new American way of war”. Mark Mazzetti’s new book, “The Way … Continue reading

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