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An Espionage Empire, Part II: The GENIE is Out of the Bottle

U.S. intelligence specialists conducted 231 cyber-operations in 2011, part of a full-spectrum surveillance campaign that uses the internet for sabotage, spying, and war. Based on leaked documents detailing the $56 billion “black budget” by Edward Snowden, the Washington Post paints … Continue reading

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An Espionage Empire: Details of “Black Budget” leak

Last week, Edward Snowden leaked the National Intelligence Program’s top-secret annual budget report to the Washington Post (formally known as the Congressional Budget Justification for the National Intelligence Program). The document is the first to breakdown the $56.2 billion spending … Continue reading

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U.S. Federal Court: CIA must disclose drone data

A federal appeals court has ruled that the CIA must disclose a description of its records on strikes in response to a FIA request filed by the ACLU. Judge Merrick B. Garland rejected the Obama administration’s efforts to keep the … 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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Essay: The Historical Rise of the Predator Drone

The Rise of the Predator Empire: Tracing the History of U.S. Drones [UPDATED HERE]. The MQ-1 Predator is perhaps the most well-known of all military drones used today. It has a wingspan of 55 feet, a length of 27 feet, … Continue reading

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