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Dirty Wars: A Review, Part 3: Lawfare, or “Operational Preparation of the Battlespace”

Law exacerbates and enables war. For the most part it provides a code or system for legitimizing state violence. At least, this is the case with US Special Forces operating around the globe. It’s partly misleading to characterize their activities … Continue reading

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Radio Interview…. “Drones: Warfare in the 21st Century”

A couple of months ago, I had the rather nervous task of being interviewed by ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) for their weekly radio program “Rear Vision”. The show has just been broadcast and can be found online here. The two … Continue reading

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Revealed: Department of Justice white paper authorizes targeted killings against U.S. citizens

NBC news has acquired a 16-page “white paper” that outlines why the targeted killing of a U.S. citizen is legal. It is called “Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a U.S. Citizen who is a Senior Operational Leader of … Continue reading

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The Predator Empire Spreads its Wings to West Africa (again)

News that U.S. Predator drones are being sent to monitor Mali should come as no surprise. Special Forces (Joint Special Operations Command) and the CIA routinely survey and strike targets in Somalia and Yemen from a nearby Djibouti base (Camp … Continue reading

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Support for drone strikes collapses in U.S.

Micah Zenko, of the Council on Foreign Relations, has recently published a report on U.S. drones and national foreign policy. Among some of the well-known critiques, including the “blowback” created from radicalizing local populations, as well as the damage done by … Continue reading

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2013: Same Drone, Different Day

2012 saw the continued expansion of drone warfare across the planet. Spearheaded by the CIA, supported by Special Forces, and denied by politicians, targeted killings etched themselves into the earth’s surface like never before, destroying families, communities and entire regions, … Continue reading

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“Did we just kill a kid?!”: The Woes of a Drone Operator

Spiegel Online is currently running the story of Brandon Bryant, a drone operator of 6 years in the U.S. Air Force. Central to the story is an incident that took place in Afghanistan. From his Nevada “cockpit”, he launched a … Continue reading

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