A VISUAL GLOSSARY
- 01.THE ASSASSINATION COMPLEX
- 02.A VISUAL GLOSSARY
- 03.THE KILL CHAIN
- 04.FIND, FIX, FINISH
- 05.MANHUNTING IN THE HINDU KUSH
- 06.FIRING BLIND
- 07.THE LIFE AND DEATH OF OBJECTIVE PECKHAM
- 08.TARGET AFRICA
Oct. 15 2015, 12:58 p.m.
One hundred years later, the bombing is done by pilotless planes. They are controlled remotely, often half a world away. We have come to call them “drones.”
Note the “%” column. It is the number of jackpots (JPs) divided by the number of operations. A 70 percent success rate. But it ignores well over a hundred other people killed along the way.
The conceptual metaphor of surveillance is seeing. Perfect surveillance would be like having a lidless eye. Much of what is seen by a drone’s camera, however, appears without context on the ground. Some drone operators describe watching targets as “looking through a soda straw.”
How are non-battlefield assassinations authorized?
Does it fall within the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), or through some other authority?