Tag Archives: targeted killings

Minority Report war-policing: the rush to secure time

The Hollywood film Minority Report, staring Tom Cruise, explores a world in which the  police are able to accurately predict, and stop, a crime before it is committed. The conceit throws up all kinds of interesting philosophical questions of course, … Continue reading

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Amnesty International: Drone strikes may amount to war crimes

Hot on the heels of two UN reports, Amnesty International has released a report on drone strikes in Pakistan, entitled “Will I Be Next?”. The study is not comprehensive, but rather a “qualitative assessment based on detailed field research into … Continue reading

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The Changing Face of Empire

Nick Turse (2012). The Changing Face of Empire: Special Ops, Drones, Spies, Proxy Fighters, Secret Bases, and Cyberwarfare. Chicago: Haymarket Books Geography and geographic imaginations play a pivotal role in the practice of inter-state violence. From “Clash of Civilization”-type territorial … Continue reading

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The death of worldliness in Pakistan

In an article published last week, Brian Glyn Williams discussed his 2009 trip around Pakistan, despite warnings from the U.S. State Department that the country posed a terrorist risk. His main purpose was to collect information on the CIA’s drone … Continue reading

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The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

Mark Mazzetti (2013) The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth. New York: The Penguin Press. Mazzetti’s book is an unflinching examination of the past and present shadow wars waged … Continue reading

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Obama on “Just [drone] War” – the long awaited speech (and six lingering problems)

White House video and official transcript here. Obama said the U.S. was at a “crossroads” at a speech given on Thursday at the National Defense University. There were two main talking points: drones and Gitmo. It was largely a defense … Continue reading

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Targeted Killing defines the war on terror

In an article related to previous posts, Scott Shane of the New York Times reports on the Obama administration’s preference to kill (with drones) rather than capture terrorist suspects. The story rounds out with a quote from President Obama, who … Continue reading

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