|The Assassination Complex (Simon & Schuster)|
Here are some major revelations about the US government’s drone program. The book includes original contributions from Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden.
When the 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. ["Collateral" damage.]
The implicit message on drone strikes from the Obama administration has been Trust, but don’t verify.
The classified documents reveal that Washington DC’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 suspects.
This campaign, carried out by two presidents (Bush and Obama) through four presidential terms, has been deliberately obscured from the public and kept from democratic debate.
It allows readers to understand the circumstances under which the US government grants itself the right to hand out death sentences with no checks and balances. More