Tag Archives: War on Terror

Remote: a Documentary about Drones and Humans

This is a 33-minute documentary I produced about drone warfare. It covers a lot of ground–from the history of air power, to signature strikes, miniaturized swarming, the future of policing, the role of autonomous AI, and what it all means … Continue reading

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Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

“There is a logic to empire that differs from the logic of a nation, and acts committed in service to an empire but never acknowledged as such have a tendency to haunt the future” (p.8). The first of an “unlikely” … Continue reading

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New and Old Wars: Organized Violence in a Global Era

Mary Kaldor, 2012, New and Old Wars: Organized Violence in a Global Era (3rd Edition), Cambridge: Polity Press Mary Kaldor’s New and Old Wars invites us to consider the changing logics, practices, and geographies of violence. Since the seminal “new … Continue reading

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Jeh Johnson – An End to the War on Terror?

On November 30, Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson gave a speech at Oxford Union in the UK. He stated that al-Qaeda might soon reach a point where it was so degraded that the U.S. military should no longer pursue it … Continue reading

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Deadly Documents: Executive Orders, Their Monarchical Power, and Their Roots in Thanksgiving

Many of the excesses and abuses attributed to the CIA–from counter-insurgency in Vietnam to counter-terrorism in Pakistan–are set in motion by a single, deadly document: an executive order called a ‘presidential finding’. This strange piece of paper, which usually bears … Continue reading

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Is the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan legal?

The September 2012 report called ‘Living Under Drones‘ by Stanford Law School and NYU  School of Law devotes a chapter to exploring whether or not the CIA’s program of targeted killings in the tribal areas of Pakistan is legal. Below … Continue reading

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