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Assassination as Policy in Washington and How It Failed: 1990-2015
The Kingpin Strategy
Cockburn, Andrew
Article
2015
CounterPunch
The "kingpin strategy" refers to the elimination of the kingpins dominating cartels. Cockburn analyzes how this method was used by the U.S. government, how it failed to work in the "drug war," and how...
The Assassination Complex
Secret military documents expose the inner workings of Obama's drone wars
Scahill, Jeremy
Article
2015
The Intercept
There has been intense focus on the technology of remote killing, but that often serves as a surrogate for what should be a broader examination of the state's power over life and death.
The Cowards' Wars
Bohne, Luciana
Article
2016
CounterPunch
The condemnation of Radovan Karadzic to forty years of imprisonment by the International Crime Tribunal-Yugoslavia occasions these reflections.
Drone
Schei, Tonje Hessen
Film/Video
2014
This documentary covers diverse and integral ground from the recruitment of young pilots at gaming conventions and the re-definition of "going to war", to the moral stance of engineers behind the tech...
The Drone Papers
Article
2015
The Intercept
The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military's assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistl...
Drone Strikes and the Sanitization of Violence
Van Dongen,Teun
Article
2015
Toward Freedom
Van Dongen discusses the terminology that the drone campaign employs, in which the CIA and the Obama administration gloss over death and destruction of drones in Pakistan, Afganistan and Yemen.
Evil Takes the High Road
Wrapping a Policy of Global Domination in the American Flag
ALBERTS, Rev. Williams
Article
2013
Counter Punch
No heavens for those who live in one of the Muslim countries in which the United States is waging its preemptive global “war on terrorism.”
Find, Fix, Finish
For the Pentagon, creating an architecture of assassination meant navigating a turf war with the CIA
Scahill, Jeremy
Article
2015
The Intercept
Obama was urged by Michael Hayden, the CIA director, and his counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, to adopt small footprint counterterrorism operations and drone strikes. In one briefing, Hayden tol...
Firing Blind
Flawed Intelligence and the Limits of Drone Technology
Currier, Cora; Maass, Peter
Article
2015
The Intercept
Classified Pentagon documents reveal that the U.S. military has faced "critical shortfalls" in the technology and intelligence it uses to find and kill suspected terrorists in Yemen and Somalia.
Journalists allege threat of drone execution by US
Parvaz, D
Article
2017
Aljazeera
Fearing assassination, Al Jazeera's Ahmad Zaidan and independent journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem file US legal complaint.
The Kill Chain
The lethal bureaucracy behind Obama's drone war
Currier, Cora
Article
2015
The Intercept
Secret military documents offer documentary evidence of the process by which the Obama administration creates and acts on its kill lists in Yemen and Somalia.
The Life and Death of Objective Peckham
Stripped of British citizenship and killed by an American drone
Gallagher, Peter
Article
2015
The Intercept
Documentation of the final years of Bilal el-Berjawi's life, a British-Lebanese citizen suspected of being a terrorist. The story raises questions about the British government's role in the targeted a...
Manhunting in the Hindu Kush
Civilian casualties and strategic failures in America's longest war
Devereaux, Ryan
Article
2015
The Intercept
U.S. military forces set out to destroy the Taliban and al Qaeda forces that remained hidden in Hindu Kush. Dubbed Operation Haymaker, the campaign has been described as a potential model for the futu...
Most US drone strikes in Pakistan attack houses
Drone strikes in Pakistan
Ross, Alice K; Serle, Jack
Article
2014
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Domestic buildings have been hit by drone strikes more than any other type of target in the CIA’s 10-year campaign in the tribal regions of northern Pakistan, new research reveals.
The NYT's Love Letter to Death Squads
Hymns to the Silence
Floyd, Chris
Article
2012
CounterPunch
It is, I confess, beyond all my imagining that a national leader so deeply immersed in murdering people would trumpet his atrocity so openly, so gleefully - and so deliberately, sending his top aides ...
Obama Killed a 16-Year-Old American in Yemen. Trump Just Killed His 8-Year-Old Sister.
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2017
The Intercept
The U.S. continues to massacre Yemeni civilians, both directly and through its tyrannical Saudi partners.
Outsourcing the Kill Chain: Eleven Drone Contractors Revealed
Chatterjee, Pratap
Article
2015
CorpWatch
Reporters have named eleven companies that have won millions of dollars in contracts to plug a shortage in personnel needed to analyze the thousands of hours of streaming video gathered daily from the...
The Pentagon's Half-Billion-Dollar Drone Boondoggle
Weignberge, Sharon
Article
2015
The Intercept
Rivalry between the Army and Air Force over Predator drones may have cost the Pentagon over $500 million in wasteful spending, according to a report released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Six Facts from Sudden Justice, A New History of the Drone War
Currier, Cora
Article
2015
The Intercept
Sudden Justice: America's Secret Drone Wars, a new book by London-based investigative journalist Chris Woods, traces the intertwined technological, legal and political history of drones as they evolve...
Snowden and Ellsberg hail leak of drone documents from new whistleblower
McCarthy, Tom
Article
2015
The Guardian
American whistleblowers hailed the release of a collection of classified documents about US drone warfare as a blow on behalf of transparency and human rights. The documents anchored a multi-part repo...
Target Africa
The U.S. military's expanding footprint in East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula
Turse, Nick
Article
2015
The Intercept
The U.S. military has engaged in a largely covert effort to extend across Africa with a network of low-profile camps. These facilities allow U.S. forces to surveil and operate on large areas of the co...
US drone strikes in Yemen cast a long shadow over life on the ground
Trégan, François-Xavier
Article
2013
Guardian Weekly
Unmanned aircraft create refugees and resentment among civilians as remote provinces become a battleground.
US drone strikes kill 28 unknown people for every intended target
Article
2014
Reprieve
US drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan have killed as many as 1,147 unknown people in failed attempts to kill 41 named individuals, a report by human rights charity Reprieve has found.
A Visual Glossary
Decoding the language of covert warfare
Begley, Josh
Article
2015
The Intercept
Along with illustrations, Begley explains some of the terminology employed in the drone warfare.
The War Crimes of a Sergeant, the War Crimes of a Nation
A Double Standard of Justice
McNamara, Tom
Article
2012
CounterPunch
It is alleged that on the evening of March 10-11, 2012, US Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales left his base in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, fully armed and loaded, and murdered 16 civilians in a nearby v...


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