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“Forensic Architects” recreate drone strikes

Story here on the growing use of computer programs to virtually recreate the impact of drone strikes using satellite imagery. The visual data can then be used by “forensic architects” to assess whether a disproportionate number of civilians were targeted in … Continue reading

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Visions of the Next War

I have scanned and retouched the following 1974 Newsweek article, which explored some of the excitement, intrigue, and possibility of the revolutionary technology that was emerging out of the Vietnam War. I particularly like the illustrations, by Don Mackay, which … Continue reading

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UN Rapporteur: Drones are doing “structural damage” to international security

The UN’s special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, has submitted a long-awaited report on the use of armed drones. While no nation is singled out, the U.S. is evidently the focus of Heyn’s analysis, which recommends … 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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Creating Monsters (Dirty Wars, A Review, Part 6)

This is my final report on Jeremy Scahill’s must-read book, Dirty Wars. It covers counter-terrorist operations in Yemen. Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars” – first impressions Dirty Wars: A Review, Part 1: The Rise of Neoconservatives Dirty Wars: A Review, Part 2: The … Continue reading

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Drone strikes in Pakistan plummet

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has released a 6-month update on drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The trend in Pakistan is unmistakable: a steep decline in the number of strikes, the number of deaths per strike, and the … Continue reading

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