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The White House’s counterterrorism “playbook” is near completion

Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima, and Karen DeYoung report on the White House’s institutionalization of targeted killings and other counterterrorism tactics. John Brennan, the future CIA director, was a pivotal figure in centralizing the diverse “disposition” techniques across the Pentagon, CIA, and State Department … 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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The Playbook and the Lethal Bureaucrat: John Brennan and the creation of a ‘Permanent War’

In the second of their reports on the Obama administrations institutionalization of targeted killings across the planet, The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung profiles John Brennan, Obama’s highly influential counterterrorism czar. She writes that Brennan’s ‘just war’ legacy will far outlast his time in the White … Continue reading

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The Obama Administration’s ‘Disposition Matrix’ – a Deadly Drone Database?

“We have a disposition problem” – former U.S. counterterrorism official, 2012 Greg Miller from the Washington Post has a must-read on the Obama Administration’s construction of a secret database for administering life and death. For the past two years, officials … Continue reading

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Evidence suggests civilian drone deaths far higher than official figures

Gareth Porter reports on the mismatch between the widely-cited statistics on drone casualties reported by the New America Foundation, and those reports from eye-witness accounts by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and family statements signed under affadivit. Combining the data on the … Continue reading

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