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The Urbanization of Drone Warfare: Policing Surplus Populations in the Dronepolis

For actual paper follow this link. Abstract. This paper explores the urbanization of drone warfare and the securitization of the “surplus population.” Defined as a bloc of humanity rendered as structurally unnecessary to a capital-intensive economy, the surplus population is … Continue reading

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The NSA’s wizard: “time machine” capable of storing every single phonecall

The NSA has constructed a surveillance system that can record 100 percent of a foreign country’s telephone calls, according to documents leaked to the Washington Post. The agency is able to “rewind” conversations for up to a month. The NSA’s … Continue reading

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Aerial Surveillance in World War I

A nice essay on the use of aerial photography during the Great War. Dan Gettinger writes on the precedents to contemporary “pattern of life” analysis carried out by the military. During World War I,  analysts would use stereoscopes to hunt … Continue reading

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A Leviathan: The NSA collects 5 billion cellphone records a day, mapping the planet’s population

The NSA is vacuuming 5 billion cellphone records a day, enabling the spy organization to track the location of individuals, and their relationship with other individuals, around the clock. The vast data represents an unimaginable power to “geo-locate” millions of … Continue reading

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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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The NSA boom and the “Geolocation Cell”

The NSA’s physical footprint is enormous. The U.S.’ preeminent “signals intelligence” agency is located in Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Texas and Utah – as well as across the oceans in the UK and Australia. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, … Continue reading

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FBI admits using drones for surveillance

UPDATE: according to public records the FBI has used drones on at least four separate occasions since 2010. FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged Wednesday that the FBI has used drones for surveillance operations inside the U.S. — but only in … Continue reading

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