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The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program

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Major revelations about the US government's drone program - best-selling author Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues at the investigative website The Intercept expose stunning new details about America's secret assassination policy.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 First Look Media Works, Inc. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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    "Excellent (audio)book"

    This book is an eye-opener to the world of covert warfare and extrajudicial killings. Whether you are an American or not, read this book to understand what the US does - not only to terrorists (with whom I have little sympathy in general) - but to the ordinary people of these countries where drone strikes are daily business. Learn about the success-rates of drone-warfare and the vested interests of those begind this machine. Read it to get a glimpse of how surveillance technology has developed from an instrument of war on terrorism to items used by police to spy on their own civillians. One has not to be too creative to see where this whole thing is going! Scare-mongering? Read the book and draw your own conclusions but READ IT YOU DEFINITELY SHOULD!

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    Karol Babioch 10.01.2017
    Karol Babioch 10.01.2017

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    "Interesting topic, no recommendations from me"

    While I'm absolutely opposed to killing and terrorising people randomly with drones flying constantly over the head, I'm a little bit disapppinted by this audiobook. It certainly contains a lot of examples and arguments for how terrible these weapons are, and how morally wrong it is to kill people based on the assumption that they are too dangerous for a particular state (i.e. the USA) without any trial and a lot of potential for errors.

    However, I've lacked a clear structure in this book. It seems to jump from here and there, repeats itself from time to time and is over before you know what it is about. Wouldn't recommend this to my friends.

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