The Assassination Complex by Jeremy Scahill audiobook

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

By Jeremy Scahill  and The Staff of The Intercept
Foreword by Edward Snowden and Afterword by Glenn Greenwald
Read by George Newbern

5.22 Hours 05/03/2016 Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781508224013

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Here are major revelations about the US government’s drone program. New York Times bestselling 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 fourteen-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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Summary

Summary

Here are major revelations about the US government’s drone program. New York Times bestselling 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 fourteen-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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A searing indictment of the US drone program.” Foreign Affairs
“Journalists paint the drone program as a contradictory mix of all-seeing surveillance, blinkered error, and indiscriminate killing…This pointillistic portrait provides illuminating new detail and insight.” Publishers Weekly
“Denounces our leaders’ fascination with a cheap, seemingly risk-free way to kill terrorists. Benefitting from an amazing number of leaks, secret documents, and interviews with officials on the promise of anonymity…Convincing and damning.” Kirkus Reviews
“According to Scahill, the drone campaigns are unconstitutional and counterproductive, as the strikes destroy valuable human intelligence, inflict civilian casualties, and make enemies of local Yemenis and Afghans….A searing, facts-driven indictment of America’s drone wars and their implications for US democracy and foreign policy. A must-read for concerned citizens.” Library Journal (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Jeremy Scahill

Author Bio: Jeremy Scahill

Jeremy Scahill is a frequent contributor to the Nation and a correspondent for the national radio and television program Democracy Now!, as well as a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at the Nation Institute. A two-time winner of the prestigious George Polk Award, he has reported extensively from Iraq, and his exposure of the presence of Blackwater forces in New Orleans in the wake of Katrina sparked a Congressional inquiry and an internal Department of Homeland Security investigation. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Author Bio: The Staff of The Intercept

Author Bio: The Staff of The Intercept

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 5.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English