The Assassination Complex
- Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program
- Narrated by: George Newbern, Jeremy Scahill - introduction, Glenn Greenwald - afterword
- Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-03-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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When the US government discusses drone strikes publicly, it offers assurances that such operations are a more precise alternative to troops on the ground and are authorized only when an "imminent" threat is present and there is "near certainty" that the intended target will be killed. The implicit message on drone strikes from the Obama administration has been trust, but don't verify.
The online magazine The Intercept exploded this secrecy when it obtained a cache of secret slides that provide a window into the inner workings of the US military's kill/capture operations in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Whether through the use of drones, night raids, or new platforms yet to be employed, these documents show assassination to be central to US counterterrorism policy.
The classified documents reveal that Washington's 14-year targeted killing campaign suffers from an overreliance on flawed signals intelligence, an apparently incalculable civilian toll, and an inability to extract potentially valuable intelligence from terror suspects. This campaign, carried out by two presidents through four presidential terms, has been deliberately obscured from the public and insulated from democratic debate. The Assassination Complex allows us to understand at last the circumstances under which the US government grants itself the right to sentence individuals to death without the established checks and balances of arrest, trial, and appeal.
The book includes original contributions from Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden.
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By Sarp on 12-23-16
Disclosing what everyone knows but does not talk about
It's a well written overview of the secret assasination programs ran by western governments... On first glimpse.
However, it is much more than that:
When you actually sit down and think about it -- which, the book makes a good job of; it is not so much about pointing the finger at administrations and playing the blame game; rather, It's more about "How do you adapt to the new definition of terror, in this era?l"
+ What are the correct definitions of "terror" and "terrorists"? How do you distinguish the good and bad?
+ Once you establish the good and bad, which methodologies should be used to fight?
It's clear that the 20th century definitions of liberty, justice and democracy no longer work in this century, with the current global dynamics.
Does it make sense trying to pursue these "ideals", all the while constantly chasing loopholes to tackle the new era's dynamics?
It amy sound like an oversimplification; however, it is rather simple:
What we are seeing is technology advancing much quicker than the law.
New technology emerges, gets utilised, law always lags behind -- valid for all areas, including warfare.
Once "packaging" is improved, everyone gets used to it, objections cease to exist.
We just need more time.
All whistleblowers do is to draw attention to this process.
Once the lawnakers catch you, blown whistles will be rendered obsolote.
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By Lord Peridot on 04-10-18
Clear & succint account of use of drone warfare by the USA to spy on and attack supposed terrorists worldwide, especially in the middle east. Based on leaked documents & interviews with various experts, the authors build up a chilling picture of how drone operators see their work and how the whole drone programme is more of an industry than an effective way of accomplishing the declared goals of the USA. The point is well made that drone warfare serves mainly as an instigator of militancy in the communities being attacked, resulting in ever more recruits to anti American organisations like Al Quaeda. The afterword by Greenwald indites Obama as having completely betrayed the stance he took prior to his election as president.