Tag Archives: targeted killing

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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The Future of Killer Robots: Are We Really Losing Humanity?

[This article was published online at e-International Relations on 11/12/12] The Future of Killer Robots: Are We Really Losing Humanity? Science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov famously formulated “The Three Laws of Robotics” to protect humans from their artificial creations. They were … Continue reading

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The White House’s ‘Drone Rulebook’ was accelerated during U.S. 2012 election

As reported last month by the Washington Post, the White House has been scrambling to unify its targeting procedures for extrajudicial drone strikes. The development of the ‘playbook’ as its called, was accelerated in the weeks leading to the U.S. … Continue reading

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What is the Obama Doctrine? Confront, Kill, and Conceal

What is the Obama Doctrine? Is there even such a thing? David Sanger’s book explores precisely this question by examining the often covert use of presidential power during Obama’s first term as U.S. Commander-in-Chief. From Pakistan to Libya to Iran, … 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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Targeting the Lifeworld: A Note on Signature Strikes

I am currently reading Daniel Klaidman’s ‘Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency’ with much interest, and will post a summary/review soon. In the meantime, one of the nuggets gleaned so far is … Continue reading

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An act of self-defense? More on the legality of drone strikes in Pakistan

The legality of drone strikes in Pakistan – an act of self defense?  A state’s right to use force is set out in the United Nations Charter, the rules of customary international law, and in general principles of international law … Continue reading

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