Kill Chain The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/8/2016
  • Publisher: Picador

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An essential and page-turning narrative on the history of drone warfare by the acclaimed author of Rumsfeld, exploring how this practice emerged, who made it happen, and the real consequences of targeted killing

Assassination by drone is a subject of deep and enduring fascination. Yet few understand how and why this has become our principal way of waging war. Kill Chain uncovers the real and extraordinary story; its origins in long-buried secret programs, the breakthroughs that made drone operations possible, the ways in which the technology works and, despite official claims, does not work. Taking the reader inside the well-guarded world of national security, the book reveals the powerful interests - military, CIA and corporate - that have led the drive to kill individuals by remote control. Most importantly of all, the book describes what has really happened when the theories underpinning the strategy -- and the multi-billion dollar contracts they spawn -- have been put to the test. Drawing on sources deep in the military and intelligence establishments, Andrew Cockburn's Kill Chain unveils the true effects, as demonstrated by bloody experience, of assassination warfare, a revelation that readers will find surprising as well as shocking.

Author Biography

Andrew Cockburn is the Washington Editor of Harper's magazine and the author of many articles and books on national security, including the New York Times Editor's Choice Rumsfeld and The Threat, which destroyed the myth of Soviet military superiority underpinning the Cold War. He is a regular opinion contributor to the Los Angeles Times and has written for, among others, the New York Times, National Geographic and the London Review of Books.

Table of Contents

1 | Remember, Kill Chain 1
2 | Wiring the Jungle 17
3 | Turning People into Nodes 32
4 | Predator Politics 51
5 | It's Not Assassination If We Do It 73
6 | Kingpins and Maniacs 93
7 | Legally Blind 118
8 | Kill Them! Prevail! 133
9 | Killing Effects 151
10 | A Piece of Junk 168
11 | Death by a Number 189
12 | Drones, Baby, Drones! 211
13 | One Big Robot 244
Notes 261
Acknowledgments 297
Index 299

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