Drones: Plausible Deniability

The main obstacle to acknowledging the scope, legality, and oversight of U.S. targeted killings beyond traditional or “hot” battlefields is the division of lead executive authority between the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)—a sub-unit of the Department of Defense (DOD) Special Operations Command (SOCOM)—and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In particular, the U.S. government cannot…

Review of Mark Mazzetti’s The Way Of The Knife

 America’s counterterrorism: Targeted Killings and Drone Strikes. Everyone knew how the drones came about, long before the Predators’ route to Pakistan and elsewhere was acknowledged, and before some of us were able to bring ourselves to protest the loss of innocent lives by rising above our tolerance for collateral damage. “Things fall out of the…