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Predator Empire: The Geopolitics of U.S. Drone Warfare, 2012 PDF Handout

I have put together a two-page PDF highlighting the key trends of the “Predator Empire”, including figures, images, and maps. It is intended to be a quick overview of some of the key issues. Feel free to share, just make … Continue reading

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I, for one, do not welcome our new Predator overlords

Remember the 2010 White House Correspondents dinner? Of course you don’t. Let me remind you of a quip the Commander-in-Chief shared with his audience of suited and booted journalist folk. President Obama, who oversaw the largest escalation of CIA drone … Continue reading

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The Predator Empire: 10 Thoughts on a New Strategy

The gradual intensification of US Predator and Reaper drone deployments across the planet represents a shift in the strategies of modern day warfare, security, and geopolitics. New theaters have been opened across the Gulf–some secret—some not-so-secret. As a National Strategy, … 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 drones first to strike Gaddafi convoy

Nato forces designated Gaddafi as a military target after the former Libyan leader’s forces started firing on civilians as they tried to escape Sirte in a convoy of up to 100 vehicles. It is understood that RAF Tornados were patrolling … Continue reading

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The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki and the Predator Empire

Friday September 30th 2011 saw the death of American-born Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda ‘leader’ of sorts. But it also cemented the new age of extra-judicial drone strikes and assassinations-without-trial. President Obama and the Department of Justice previously argued that the … 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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